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Coffee & Conversations with Leslie and Dr. Jessica Lautz

Join WomanUP!® Co-Founder, Leslie Appleton Young for a conversation with Dr. Jessica Lautz, Deputy Chief Economist and Vice President of Research at the National Association of REALTORS®.


Dr. Jessica Lautz is Deputy Chief Economist and Vice President of Research at the National Association of REALTORS®. The core of her research focuses on analyzing trends for both NAR members and housing consumers. Through the management of surveys, focus groups, and data analysis, she presents new and innovative ways to showcase results. She effectively utilizes Research data to educate and impact policymakers on the state of the housing market and discusses research findings in major media outlets and international presentations. In 2021, Dr. Lautz was named one of Housing Wire’s Women of Influence, a list representing 100 of the most influential women in leadership in the housing industry. In 2022 and 2023, Dr. Lautz was named a RISMedia Newsmaker in the Influencer and the Crusader categories, respectively. She also volunteers at Nottingham Trent University as an industry fellow mentoring real estate graduate students.

Jessica received her Doctorate of Real Estate from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom. She also holds a Master’s in Public Policy from American University and undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Law and Justice from Central Washington University.

Tune in as she shares her inspiring journey from academia to real estate research. Discover the individuals who influenced and backed her along the way, and gain insights into what the future holds in the real estate market, including predictions on rates, sales, prices, and inventory. They will also talk about her dedication to empowering single women buyers and building wealth through real estate, and her invaluable advice for brokers, agents, and consumers as we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of 2024.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable knowledge from a leading expert in the industry!


Listen in to hear Jessica's answers to these questions and more:

  1. How did your interest in research and real estate begin? Who supported you in a profession that has not always been receptive to female voices? Was the Imposter Syndrome ever an issue and, if so, how did you handle it?

  2. Now let’s get into the real estate space and I’d like to start with your current view of the market and where you see things headed in 2024: sales, prices, rates, affordability, new construction.

  3. You have also been very vocal on the efforts to increase the supply of housing: adaptive reuse, ADU’s etc. Where has there been progress and what can we do to help?

  4. What advice do you have for brokers and agents going forward?

  5. Circling back to the personal for my last question, we’ve talked several times in this space about the power of partnership and one of my favorite quotes: The most important career decision is who you marry. Can you talk a little bit about how that relates to your life?

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