Building a Housing Policy That Works

2012 Wisconsin Real Estate and Economic Outlook Conference

Building a Housing Policy That Works

June 1, 2012 | Fluno Center | Madison, Wisconsin

With budget battles looming and the presidential election already in full swing, 2012 is sure to have monumental implications for housing policy. Unfortunately, developing and advancing bipartisan solutions to fix the nation’s ongoing housing challenges have proven difficult in today’s highly polarized political environment. But housing is not only a basic human need—it is also a critical element of our economy. Now more than ever is the time to take a fresh look at this issue and consider these questions:

  • What policies should the current or the next administration implement to design a healthy, responsible, functioning, and efficient housing market?
  • What are the key lessons from past housing programs and policies such as HAMP and HAFA? How can we apply those lessons to future policy prescriptions?
  • What are the best solutions for addressing the massive inventories of vacant properties due to foreclosures?
  • Will the recent $26 billion multi-state mortgage settlement against big banks help struggling homeowners?
  • What are the potential outcomes of GSE reform?What are the right roles for lenders, capital markets, regulators, insurers, servicers, governmental entities, and consumers to play?
  • What options will Americans of modest means have in regard to their housing needs?

This conference will present varied perspectives and analysis on these issues while stimulating ideas on how to spur the housing market and get the U.S. economy back on track for solid growth. You will hear from experts from the public and private sectors who are involved in government, business, and academia—all of them are on the front lines of housing market research, policy, and practice.

Who Should Attend

  • Real estate and housing professionals
  • Builders and developers
  • State and local government employees
  • Non-profit professionals
  • Financial services professionals
  • Anyone interested in community and economic development

Why You Should Attend

  • Hear fresh perspectives from leading housing experts on how our elected officials can design a healthy, responsible, functioning, and efficient housing market
  • Learn about innovative and successful public/private partnerships that are having positive impacts on communities in Wisconsin and throughout the nation
  • Explore solutions to complex housing issues
  • Meet and exchange ideas and insights with policy experts, faculty, and leaders in the real estate/housing and financial services industries
  • Network, make new contacts, and share ideas with your industry colleagues

2012 Wisconsin Real Estate and Economic Outlook Conference

Building a Housing Policy That Works

June 1, 2012 | Fluno Center | Madison, Wisconsin

Agenda

Friday, June 1
7:45 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
  • Mike Huebsch, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Administration
  • Michael Theo, President, Wisconsin Realtors Association
  • Rose Oswald Poels, President, Wisconsin Bankers Association
  • Wyman Winston, Executive Director, Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)
  • Morris A. Davis, Professor and Academic Director, Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Address: Morris A. Davis
Associate Professor and Academic Director of the Graaskamp Center for Real Estate

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Session 1: What Should We Do with Four Million Vacant Properties?
The supply of housing is going to drastically outstrip demand for the foreseeable future. Vacant and foreclosed properties negatively impact both individuals and communities by lowering property values, raising crime rates, and straining municipal resources. Despite all these challenges, vacant properties also present the community with significant opportunities to revitalize and rethink their neighborhoods. Presenters on this panel will highlight national programs, such as the REO Rental Initiative, which are designed to effectively deal with foreclosure and supply issues and to help create and sustain stable, healthy communities.

Moderator:

  • Stephen Malpezzi, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Real Estate, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Panelists:

  • Robert Grossinger, Vice President for National Foreclosure Response, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
  • Craig Nickerson, Executive Director, National Community Stabilization Trust
  • William Towns, Regional Vice President, Mercy Portfolio Services
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Session 2: Public/Private Partnerships in Redevelopment
As funding from the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and Government Sponsored Entities (GSE) housing goals are reduced, how can the non-profits and private industry work together to achieve successful community redevelopment goals in their local communities? Panelists will discuss creative programs and outline policies that strengthen neighborhoods, increase financial stability, and have a positive impact on community redevelopment.

Moderator:

  • Kurt Paulsen, Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Panelists:

  • Matthew R. Feldman, President and CEO, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
  • Ethan Handelman, Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, National Housing Conference
  • Howard Snyder, Executive Director, Northwest Side Community Development Corporation
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Keynote Address: Karl “Chip” Case
Co-Founder, Case-Shiller Home Price Indices; Professor Emeritus of Economics, Wellesley College; and Senior Fellow of the Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch
Network with your peers and share your views of the morning session over a delicious buffet prepared by the award-winning Fluno Center chefs.

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Keynote Address: Lawrence Yun
Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Research National Association of REALTORS®

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Break

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Session 3: What’s Next: Life After Fannie and Freddie
In the last year, the Obama administration and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) both announced proposals to effectively wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Their functions will transition to a new secondary mortgage market infrastructure that would be more reliant on private sector capital than government guarantees. Under these proposals, many of the government-sponsored enterprise's current functions will largely be absorbed by private lenders and investors, but the plans are less specific about the fate of the GSE’s affordable housing responsibilities. Our panel of experts will explore and discuss the potential outcomes of GSE reform, its short- and long-term implications for access to single-family residential credit, how it may impact the global market for mortgage-backed securities, the role of private and public credit enhancement, and whether or not reform will truly relieve taxpayers from meaningfully backstopping the nation's housing industry in the future.

Moderator:

  • Morris A. Davis, Professor and Academic Director, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Panelists:

  • Karl “Chip” Case, Co-Founder of the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index and Professor Emeritus of Economics at Wellesley College
  • Curt Culver, Chairman and CEO, MGIC
  • Ann B. Schnare, Senior Expert, Navigant Economics
  • Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Research National Association of REALTORS®
3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks: Michael Theo, President, Wisconsin Realtors Association

Adjourn 

Post-Conference Networking and Gathering in the Fluno Center Study Pub (optional)  

2012 Wisconsin Real Estate and Economic Outlook Conference

Building a Housing Policy That Works

June 1, 2012 | Fluno Center | Madison, Wisconsin

Featured speakers

Chip Case Curt Culver Morris Davis

Karl “Chip” Case Co-FounderCase-Shiller Home Price IndicesProfessor Emeritus of EconomicsWellesley College Senior Fellow of the Joint Center for Housing StudiesHarvard UniversityBiography

Curt Culver Chairman and Chief Executive OfficerMGIC Investment Corporation Biography

Morris A. Davis Associate Professor and Academic Director Graaskamp Center for Real EstateBiography

Lawrence Yun

Lawrence Yun Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of ResearchNational Association of REALTORS® Biography

2012 Wisconsin Real Estate and Economic Outlook Conference

Building a Housing Policy That Works

June 1, 2012 | Fluno Center | Madison, Wisconsin

Sponsorship opportunities

If you are interested in any of the sponsorship packages, please complete the form and return it to us by Friday, May 18, 2012.

As a sponsor, you will:

  • Build valuable name recognition for your company by supporting a high-profile conference on critical real estate, housing, and community development issues.
  • Network with a wide variety of professionals and policymakers interested in the issues and opportunities presented by the real estate and housing markets. Attendees include real estate and finance professionals, non-profit groups, government and service agencies, and developers. We expect a capacity crowd at 150 professionals.
  • Invest in your community and support critical housing and economic development issues by helping us keep the registration fee low so non-profit and government professionals can afford to attend this important forum.

Sponsor packages

Platinum Sponsorship:  $12,000

  • Explicit recognition at the conference on signage, welcome slide, and during conference announcements.
  • Logo on conference website and link to the sponsor site.
  • Logo on the inside cover page and back cover of conference booklet and one-page color advertisement in the booklet.
  • Acknowledgement in post-conference articles and publicity.
  • Display table to distribute company literature on products or services to attendees.
  • 10 complimentary registration fees for sponsor’s representatives.
  • Sponsorship of lunch. (one available)
  • Exclusive one-hour presentation by Professor Morris A. Davis on macroeconomic trends (or a related topic) for your organization’s staff and/or clients. Professor Davis’ research provides critical new insights into the interaction between housing markets and the macroeconomy. National media and U.S. public policy leaders have turned to him for insight on the crisis, and he is an often-cited expert on housing and its impact on the macroeconomy. (three available)

Gold Sponsorship:  $5,000

  • Explicit recognition at the conference on signage, welcome slide, and during conference announcements
  • Logo on conference website and link to the sponsor site
  • Logo on the inside cover page and back cover of conference booklet and one-page color advertisement in the booklet
  • Acknowledgement in post-conference articles and publicity
  • Display table to distribute company literature on products or services to attendees
  • Six complimentary registration fees for sponsor’s representatives
  • Sponsorship of continental breakfast (one available) 

Silver Sponsorship:  $2,500

  • Explicit recognition at the conference on signage, welcome slide, and during conference announcements
  • Logo on conference website and link to the sponsor site
  • Logo on the inside cover page and back cover of conference booklet and a half-page color advertisement in the booklet
  • Acknowledgement in post-conference articles and publicity
  • Display table to distribute company literature on products or services to attendees
  • Three complimentary registration fees for sponsor’s representatives
  • Sponsorship of refreshment break (two available)

Non-profit sponsorship options are available.

If you have questions, please contact Lee Gottschalk at 608-265-2032 or lgottschalk@bus.wisc.edu.

2012 Wisconsin Real Estate & Economic Outlook Conference

Building a Housing Policy That Works

June 1, 2012 | Fluno Center | Madison, Wisconsin

Two Ways to Register

Registration fee

$110 for government/non-profit attendees, $150 for corporate attendees. Fee includes conference materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. Make checks payable to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We are grateful for the support of our conference sponsors whose contributions help to keep registration fees low, allowing non-profit and government professionals to attend this important forum.

Registration deadline

Monday, May 21, 2012. After May 21, call 608-265-2032 for availability.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations made before Monday, May 21, 2012, will receive a full refund; those made on May 21 or later are subject to the full registration fee. Substitutions may be made at any time.

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact Lee Gottschalk at lgottschalk@bus.wisc.edu or 608-265-2032.

If you have a disability and desire accommodations, please advise us when you register. Requests will be kept confidential.

2012 Wisconsin Real Estate and Economic Outlook Conference

Building a Housing Policy That Works

June 1, 2012 | Fluno Center | Madison, Wisconsin

Location and Lodging

Conference location

Fluno Center
601 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53708
608-441-7117
887-773-5866

Hotel accommodations

A block of rooms is reserved at the Fluno Center at $144 per night for the evening of May 31, 2012. Contact the Fluno Center directly at 608-441-7117 or 877-773-5866 to reserve your room. Be sure to mention that you are attending the Wisconsin Real Estate and Economic Outlook Conference.

Parking

Parking is available in the lot below the Fluno Center for $10 per day. We encourage you to arrive early the day of the conference, as there will be only one parking lot attendant on duty. There are also several public lots nearby.

Travel and directions

For additional information on getting to the Fluno Center by plane, car, or bus, please click here.

2012 Conference Flyer

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Featured Speakers

  • Karl “Chip” Case, Co-Founder of the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index and Professor Emeritus of Economics at Wellesley College
  • Curt Culver, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the MGIC Investment Corporation
  • Morris A. Davis, Associate Professor and Academic Director for the Graaskamp Center for Real Estate
  • Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist & Senior Vice President of Research for the National Association of Realtors®