Webinar: 2018 Spring Real Estate Economic Forecast

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April 18
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Live Online
Online DC United States
Capital Markets and Real Estate


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Please join us on Wednesday, April 18, at 1:00 p.m. EDT for an exclusive, complimentary webinar for ULI members. You must register to receive a recording of this webinar.

Where do the experts see key economic and real estate indicators moving by the end of 2018, 2019, and 2020? During this members–only webinar, hear a lively debate among leading economists and analysts who participated in the Real Estate Economic Forecast survey as they explain or defend their views. Ask questions or challenge the consensus about what’s ahead for the real estate industry in 2018 and beyond.

The semiannual ULI Real Estate Economic Forecast survey provides forecasts for 27 economic and real estate indicators, including the following:

  • GDP
  • Employment
  • Inflation
  • Interest rates
  • Capitalization rates
  • CMBS issuance
  • Property transaction volumes and price growth
  • REIT returns
  • Investment returns for four property types
  • Vacancy/occupancy rates and rents for five property types
  • Housing starts and price growth.


mark_wilsmannMark Wilsmann (moderator), Managing Director, MetLife

Mark Wilsmann is Managing Director and Head of Equity Investments for MetLife Real Estate Investors. Named to this role in 2012 in conjunction with MetLife’s launch of its real estate asset management business, Wilsmann is responsible for leading MetLife’s $25 billion direct property investment platform, investing on behalf of the MetLife General Account as well as institutional investors including public and private pension funds and sovereign wealth funds. His team recently established a new flagship open-ended fund, the $2.8 billion MetLife Core Property Fund, as well as core/core-plus managed accounts.

Between 2003 and 2012, Wilsmann led MetLife’s commercial mortgage lending business, directing product design, pricing, and origination activities and chairing the investment committee. Under his leadership, MetLife became recognized as the top life company portfolio lender, with annual lending volume averaging more than $10 billion.

Over his 27-year real estate career with MetLife, Wilsmann held roles in asset management, acquisitions, loan production, portfolio management, regional operations, and merger integration. He served on the board of directors of the Mortgage Bankers Association and the leadership of the Commercial Mortgage Board of Governors of the MBA. He is a trustee and member of the Urban Land Institute, and is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association, the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, and the Capital Markets Committee of the Real Estate Roundtable.

Wilsmann holds a BA and MBA from Wake Forest University.

Diana Reid, Executive Vice President, PNC Financial Services

Stuart Hoffman, Senior Vice President and Senior Economic Advisor, PNC Financial Services

Martin Stern, Senior Managing Director, CBRE

Richard Barkham, Global Chief Economist, CBRE


Become a Member to Attend!

Registration for the “Real Estate Economic Forecast: A Survey of Leading Real Estate Economists and Analysts” webinar is open to ULI Members. If you are not yet a member, visit ULI’s membership page, contact membership@uli.org, or call 800-321-5011 for more information.