2016 Schedule

Please stay tuned for the 2017 Boulder Valley Real Estate Conference Schedule.

South Stage

9 to 10:15 a.m.

Residential Forecast: What do the latest numbers tell us about the residential market in the Boulder Valley? We’ll examine sales numbers, listings, average and median prices and much more.

-D.B. Wilson, Re/Max of Boulder

Commercial Forecast: Office, retail and industrial space is filling up throughout the Boulder Valley. We’ll take a look at major developments and sales, as well as the latest vacancy and leasing statistics.

-Angela Topel, Gibbons-White



10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Icons of Real Estate

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Development, investment and ownership of commercial real estate require knowledge, instinct and strategic thinking. So how do the region’s commercial experts do what they do? Ask questions of the Boulder Valley’s top real estate developers, investors and owners in this second annual panel of leaders in commercial real estate.

-Bill Reynolds, W.W. Reynolds Cos. 

-Jim Loftus, CEO, Loftus Developments Inc.

-George Berg, founding partner, Berg, Hill, Greenleaf & Ruscitti LLP

-Chuck Bellock, Community Development Group



10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Defective Defects Law

Builders say that Colorado’s construction-defects law is making it very difficult for builders of condos and single-family homes to bring product to the market without fear of lawsuits. Numerous attempts to reform the law have failed — including in 2016. What effect is current law actually having on the housing market, and what are the prospects for reform in 2017?

-Moderator: Jay Kalinski, broker/owner, Re/Max of Boulder

-Dave Scott, broker associate, Colorado Landmark Realtors

-Giovanni Ruscitti, managing partner, Berg, Hill, Greenleaf & Ruscitti LLP

-Andy Proctor, principal, Proctor Community Enterprises; board member, Housing Colorado

South Stage

11:45 to 1 p.m.

Keynote addresses:

Residential Real Estate Trends

What are national, state and local trends for residential real estate, and what role will decisions by the Federal Reserve have on mortgage rates?

-Dr. Thomas Thibodeau, CU Real Estate Center Academic Director and Global Real Estate Capital Markets Professor

The Big Shift

A dramatic shift is occurring in the region’s new-housing market, with supplies of developed lots dwindling in larger communities, but with smaller towns poised for dramatic growth. We’ll hear the latest numbers and trends from an expert in the industry.

-John Covert, regional director, Colorado/New Mexico, Metrostudy

South Stage: COMMERCIAL 

1:15 to 2:30 p.m.

Breaking Ground

Communities throughout the Boulder Valley are seeing a wave of new commercial construction, with some projects in the planning stage and others already emerging from the ground. Our panel of development directors will provide a complete rundown of the region’s top projects. This panel is a huge hit year after year!

-Roger Caruso, Economic Specialist, City of Lafayette

-Aaron DeJong, economic development director, City of Louisville

-Charles Ferro, development review manager for planning, City of Boulder

-Clint Folsom, Mayor, Town of Superior

-Paula Mehle, economic-development coordinator, Town of Erie

-Dave Shinneman, acting community development director, City and County of Broomfield

-David Starnes, redevelopment & revitalization manager, City of Longmont



1:15 to 2:30 p.m.

Are We in a Bubble?

Soaring housing prices, low inventory, rapid appreciation — it all looks good for the Boulder Valley housing market, but all good things must come to an end, don’t they?

-Moderator: Duane Duggan, Re/Max of Boulder

-Kelly Moye, broker associate, Re/Max Alliance

-Lou Barnes, mortgage banker, Premier Mortgage Group

Mike Malec, Re/Max of Boulder

-Rick Miller, Land Title Guarantee

-Monique Cole, Pedal to Properties


South Stage

2:45 to 3:45 p.m.

Affordable Housing

Commercial developments now play a huge role in Boulder’s efforts to create more affordable housing, with new “linkage” fees being implemented by the city. What effect will these fees have on creation of additional affordable units, and what effect will they have on commercial development?

-Moderator: Chris Wood, publisher & editor, BizWest

-Lou DellaCava, principal, LJD Enterprises

-Andy Allison, principal, Allison Management LLC

-Leslie Durgin, strategic policy adviser, Boulder Housing Partners