The 2013 CCIM Commercial Real Estate Forecast Competition, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7, provides one of the best opportunities to learn about the many factors affecting Houston’s complex real estate marketplace. The annual CCIM Forecast has become

one of Houston’s best attended events for commercial real estate professionals. Attendees hear seasoned industry leaders discuss market conditions as well as earn four hours of MCE credit (currently pending).

Future market trends are predicted with a debate-style competition by local experts in the office, retail, industrial, land and multi-family markets. Sponsored by Granite Properties, the event starts at 8 a.m. with a keynote address detailing the region and state’s economic picture by Mark Dotzour, PhD, Chief Economist for the Texas A&M Real Estate Research Center. The Forecast Comeptition is in a new location this year, Shell Auditorium at Rice University.

Although the CCIM Forecast event is billed as a competition, the event is more about a shared perspective. The presenters listed in the table below typically agree on most substantive points. But having two presenters approach the same topic from different perspectives provides additional insight into a large, complex set of markets. One presenter may be more optimistic and the other perhaps more pessimistic, but the format creates a conversation that describes the markets in more detail than a matrix of market metrics and prognostications.

Make plans now to attend the CCIM Forecast Competition if you want to have the knowledge to make better business decisions in the Houston and Texas Gulf Coast commercial real estate marketplace. Costs before Feb. 5 are: $65 for CCIM chapter members, $85 for non-chapter members and $35 for students. A $10 fee will be added after Feb. 5, and students must contact the chapter to receive the reduced rate. For more information, contact Ginger Coleman, (713) 783-0297,


CCIM Commercial Real Estate 2013 Forecast Competitors

Competitors Carlos Bujosa Vice President Transwestern
Joel C. English President Siterra Properties
Moderator Robert C. Watson, CCIM Principal Robert C. Watson & Assoc., Inc.
Competitors Edward F. Page Managing Principal UCR moodyrambin PAGE
Jeff Read Principal Read King
Moderator Jason S. Baker, CCIM Principal Baker Katz
Competitors Michael G. Wyatt Managing Director Core Real Estate
Thomas K. Lynch Senior Vice President CBRE
Moderator Rusty Tamlyn Senior Managing Director HFF
Competitors Scott Martin Executive Managing Director Granite
George W. “Trey” Strake, III Vice Chairman Cushman & Wakefield of Texas, Inc.
Moderator Dan Bellow, CRE, SIOR, CCIM President Jones Lang LaSalle
Competitors Greg Austin Managing Director Jones Lang LaSalle
Ryan Epstein First Vice President CBRE
Moderator Clay Hicks Senior Director Greystar