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Office of the Chief Economist

Lawrence Yun, Ph.D.        Dr. Yun is the Senior Vice President of Research and the Chief Economist for the National Association of REALTORS®. For more on Dr. Yun's background, click here >

Caroline Van Hollen         Caroline is the Senior Research & Strategic Planning Coordinator. Her responsibilities include writing and editing the NAR Strategic Plan on an annual basis and working on the Research Division's budget.

Peter. C. Burley, CRE                Peter is the Director of the REALTOR® University Research Center. He is responsible for facilitating and disseminating the publications of sound research papers with relevance to REALTOR® members and the industry.

Survey and Market Research

Paul Bishop, Ph.D            Paul C. Bishop, Ph.D. is the Vice President of Research and leads the Research Division's survey and market research activities, including analysis of real estate business and policy issues.

Stephanie Davis                Stephanie Davis is the Staff Assistant. She provides administrative support and office management, as well as organizing and implementing meeting logistics for the Research Division.

Ken Fears                        Ken Fears is the Manager of Regional Economics. He focuses on regional and local market trends found in the Local Market Reports and the Market Watch Reports. He also writes about developments in the mortgage industry and foreclosures.

Danielle Hale                    As the Manager of Tax Policy, Danielle studies tax issues, the wealth impact of home ownership, and different measures of home prices.

Jessica Lautz                    Jessica Lautz is the Manager of Member & Consumer Survey Research. Jessica analyzes data and writes annual studies such as the Member Profile, the Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, and the Commercial Member Profile.

Selma Hepp, Ph.D.                     Selma Hepp, Ph.D., Manager of Public Policy & Homeownership Studies, regularly monitors and writes columns on the latest academic research in housing and urban economics, foreclosures, international housing markets, and demographic trends. Selma also reports on federal and state metropolitan planning policy impacts.

Quantitative Research: International, Commercial, and Existing-Home Sales

Jed Smith, Ph.D.                          Jed Smith, Ph.D. is the Managing Director of Quantitative Research for the National Association of Realtors®. He has worked on real estate issues for the past 20 years, providing input on a variety of housing, commercial real estate, tax, and planning issues. Recently he has been involved in several international studies.

Michael Hyman                  Research Assistant

George Ratiu                      George Ratiu, Manager of Quantitative & Commercial Research, writes regular economic columns and conducts research in the areas of commercial real estate, international investments, mortgage performance and foreclosures. He produces NAR’s Commercial Real Estate Outlook and manages quantitative surveys, including the Commercial Real Estate Quarterly Market Survey.

Business Operations and Communications

Meredith Dunn                   Meredith Dunn, Research Communications Representative, manages Real Estate INSIGHTS, the Research Update, and assists in managing Research content on Realtor.org as well as on various social media sites. She also produces video content for the multimedia portion of the Research site.