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The Leonard W. Wood Center for Real Estate Studies, along with the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, cohosted the UNC Affordable Housing Symposium last month. Experts in the field, as well as academic professionals, explored how the Triangle housing climate has shifted as business booms in the surrounding area and how the real estate industry can prepare for the future.

North Carolina has been a relatively affordable place to live, but the housing climate is shifting as industry booms. On November 19, join us for the UNC Affordable Housing Symposium where industry and academic experts will explore how the Triangle can prepare for the future. Over the course of three interactive sessions, attendees will learn about an innovative model for preserving affordable workforce housing in high-impact locations, engage in a conversation around the impediments to developing new workforce housing communities, and ponder how shifts to remote work might impact the region’s housing affordability.

Real Estate investments continue to rise in importance in the alternative asset space. The Institute for Private Capital will host this event which will present innovative and leading research on real estate investments.

With consumer prices rising for a third straight month in June, consumer demand continuing to outstrip supply and stock valuations well above long-term averages, our experts explore whether the so-called “everything bubble” of asset prices could be set to burst – and examine what’s next for investors and firms.

The widespread adoption of technological advances has made the move to working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic a success. In this Kenan Insight, we look at why the switch was such a win, its impact on worker productivity, and what it means in the long term for workers, office spaces and cities.

American Indian communities face a growing housing crisis, compounding long-standing social and economic challenges. In this Kenan Insight, we examine the structural and historic factors that underlie the current lack of affordable housing, and identify several promising options for both addressing the immediate crisis and improving the broader economic situation for tribal communities.

Workforce (moderate income) housing remains a critical area of need across the State of North Carolina. Without government subsidies, developers are challenged to deliver a multifamily for-rent product accessible to those who earn 80%-120% of Area Median Income.  Building on their previous efforts to address this deficiency, the Wood Center for Real Estate Studies, in partnership with the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise, will be convening a roundtable of selected participants within the multifamily development process.

Please join us for an exclusive conversation with Harvey Gantt, architect, politician and former mayor of Charlotte, on Thursday, Oct. 29. This virtual experience is part of the Dean’s Speaker Series, hosted by Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Doug Shackelford.

In this virtual fireside chat, Kenan Institute Senior Fellow Mary Moore Hamrick, CEO of Political Quotient Advisors, will explore the political landscape ahead of the historic 2020 U.S. presidential election.

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the Kenan Institute hosted a virtual fireside chat with Senior Fellow and Political Quotient Advisors CEO Mary Moore Hamrick. In discussion with Director of External Affairs MacKenzie Babb, Hamrick talked through the current political landscape just one week before the historic 2020 U.S. presidential election.

The economy continues to rank as voters’ top issue leading up to the historic 2020 U.S. presidential election – coming as no surprise given the ongoing recession and unprecedented economic turmoil driven by COVID-19. But as we begin to see some indicators rebound and others stagnate, what is the true state of the economy – and what should our elected officials and other leaders be doing to improve it?

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, finding affordable housing was a persistent problem in the U.S. In this Kenan Insight, we look at the factors driving the nationwide affordable housing crunch, particularly for those most affected by it — low income, single-parent families.

Our Real Estate Experts

Andra Ghent

Associate Professor of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

David J. Hartzell

Steven D. Bell and Leonard W. Wood Distinguished Professor in Real Estate; Professor of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Centers & Initiatives

Leonard W. Wood Center for Real Estate Studies

Engaging and Expanding the UNC Real Estate Community