Friday, January 18, 2008

Mark Dotzour of Texas A & M #51

Bruce Norris is joined once again by Chief Economist and Director of Research for the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Dr. Mark Dotzour. Bruce and Dr. Dotzour discuss commercial real estate, how commercial real estate will see similar financial problems, how the decline in the U.S. dollar makes real estate to foreigners look cheap, CAP rates and the future of commercial real estate, how CAP rates work, how Texas compares to California in price and market cycles, Texas and price inflation in the coming years, migration to Texas, how Texas is the number one exporting state in the country, unintended consequences of government solutions for the lending industry, Greenspan’s take on fixing the economy, how Bernanke compares to Greenspan, how Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will come into play in the coming years, and possible tax law changes.

Dr. Mark G. Dotzour is the Chief Economist and Director of Research for the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He earned his Ph.D. in the Department of Finance at the University of Texas at Austin in 1987 and served as Associate Professor of Real Estate and Finance at Wichita State University for 10 years. As Chief Economist, he is currently doing market research to monitor how global and national trends are likely to impact residential and commercial real estate markets.

Prior to his academic career, he was president of Gleneagles Development, Inc., developing residential subdivisions in Wichita, Kansas. He also served as president of Dotzour Inc., Realtors, which was a residential brokerage firm in Wichita.

He has been at the Real Estate Center since August, 1997. Since then, he has published 59 articles in magazines and given over 700 presentations to more than 90,000 people. His research findings and comments have been published in the Wall Street Journal , Money Magazine, USA Today and Business Week. He was a recent guest on the Jim Lehrer Newshour on PBS.

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