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May 2009

Future Trends in Southern California Housing

Steve Johnson

What is the long-term outlook for Southern California's housing markets? Will lingering foreclosures affect the housing industry's recovery? How might changes in the region's demographics and other factors affect the types of housing built, and where?

Steve Johnson, Director of the Southern California Region for real estate information company Metrostudy will discuss some of the many factors affecting today's housing industry and what lies ahead at the May 21 Randall Lewis Seminar. The seminar will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Conference Room C, UCR Extension building, 1200 University Ave. in Riverside. (See MAP)

The seminar is open to the public and is free, but registration (see below) is required.

Johnson will discuss many of the complex issues affecting housing, and some of the trends expected to shape the industry's future, including the effects of the "green" movement on design, materials, features and pricing strategies; environmental and infrastructure constraints; changes in zoning and development fees and availability of construction financing and mortgage funds.

For more than 30 years, Mr. Johnson has been an advisor to home builders, developers, financial institutions, public agencies and private investors throughout the western U.S. He is widely recognized for his creative contributions to many successful projects, with expertise in development strategies for unimproved land, multifamily, adult communities and commercial properties.

In his role at Metrostudy, Mr. Johnson is responsible for both the strategic Real Estate Information Systems and the Real Estate Consulting Practice, which are highly recognized for assisting a wide array of clients with strategic thinking for real estate.

About Randall Lewis

Randall LewisRandall Lewis is well known for his innovative approaches to planning, designing, and marketing residential communities as Executive Vice President of the Upland-based Lewis Group of Companies.

He has been Secretary of the Los Angeles County Citizens Planning Council, Director of the Home Builder's Council, National Director of the National Association of Home Builders, and President of the Inland Empire Arts Foundation.

He was inducted into the California Building Industry Association Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the Sales and Marketing Council's MAME Awards Marketing Person of the Year. He is a long time ULI member as well as a Governor of the ULI Foundation.

He serves on several executive boards, including the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development and the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research.He received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.  








Mr. Johnson is a frequent speaker before business and professional groups and is regularly quoted in national and regional media and business and professional periodicals as a recognized expert in understanding and interpreting today's complex changing demographics and the effects on future housing needs.

Before joining Metrostudy, Mr. Johnson was a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Meyers Research Group. He managed the company's day-to-day operations and the merger of regional acquired companies into a national research company with more than 300 employees in 25 states.  

The seminars are free of charge.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to: judy.swineford@ucr.edu or (951) 827-7945 to ensure adequate space and refreshments.  

For further information regarding this or any CSSD-sponsored event, please contact:
Rick Burnham,
Assistant Director, CSSD
University of California, Riverside
B101 Highlander Hall
Riverside, CA 92521
Phone: 951.827.4103
Email: rick.burnham@ucr.edu


Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research



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