Hodges University Hosts Second Real Estate Round Table

The Kenneth Oscar Johnson School of Business at Hodges University will be hosting a real estate round table discussion November 13 at 7pm at the University’s Ft. Myers campus. An all-star panel will discuss “where are we and where are we going” in the local real estate scene in Lee and Collier counties. The program will be moderated by Hodges University professor Dr. Ken Ginsberg.

“Last year’s discussion was both lively and informative,” explains Dr. Ginsberg. “This year we’ll evaluate how accurate our forecasts were at the last panel, and find out what a realistic time table for a turnaround in the current real estate market might be,” he said.

Members of the panel include Todd Gates, CEO of Gates; Diana Black, Vice President of The Community Bank of Southwest Florida; Michael Reitmann, Executive Vice President of the Lee Building Industry Association; Paul O’Connor, Planning Director for Lee County; Joseph Ballarino, founder and President of Amerivest Realty and past president of the Naples Area Board of Realtors; Phil Lewis, Editor of the Naples Daily News; and Dr. Aysegul Timur, Economics professor at Hodges University.  

Topics to be discussed include who the stakeholders are in the our local real estate market, how our market differs from other regional markets, the current economic meltdown, sales of existing housing vs. new construction, the cost and value of governmental regulation and the impact of the press on home buyer attitudes. 

The panel discussion will be held in the Community Room at Hodges University, 4501 Colonial Blvd. in Ft. Myers. The event is open to the public but reservations are required. Please call (239) 938-7826 for more information or to register.

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