On April 10, 2013, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) held its 16th annual Real Estate Trends Conference at the Ronald Reagan Building.  The theme of this year’s conference was – Lifecycles in Real Estate, People and Places. 

This conference includes and accessed through this URL http://washington.uli.org/events/uli-washington-2013-real-estate-trends-conference/  you can view such simulating presentations regarding the economics of the regional and national real estate market, innovations affecting real estate, demographics, and how blogging is affecting public input to projects.   For example, Economist Anirban Basu of Sage Policy Group discussed the fundamentals behind the current rebound from the Great Recession.  In his presentation, you can see how key indicators are generally improving across the board; what we what to go up (employment, housing demand, loan availability, architectural billings, construction starts) are rising and what we want to go down (unemployment, mortgage rates, vacancies) are staying low or dropping.  Yes, there are concerns such as economic growth recently slowed and headwinds in the office market.