Colorado State University Everitt Real Estate Center Hosts Real Estate Conference, ‘Reality Check 2011,’ Sept. 23

Note to Reporters: Media interested in attending the event should contact Jennifer Dimas no later than 5 p.m. Sept. 22.

The Colorado State University Everitt Real Estate Center (CSU EREC) will host the 14th Annual Northern Colorado Real Estate Conference, “Reality Check 2011,” from 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Fort Collins Hilton. Participants will have the opportunity to gain access to unbiased data, fresh research and practical insights about Northern Colorado’s commercial real estate market. The conference is open to the public and qualifies for three hours of Continuing Education credit.

For a full schedule of events and to register for the Everitt Real Estate Center’s Reality Check 2011, go to Member rate is $32, non-members $64 and corporate tables are $320.

Steven Laposa, director of the Everitt Real Estate Center, will present “Are You Poised for the Next 20 Years?” Laposa will discuss the results from a recent CSU EREC study that identified cities in 1980 and 1990 that were similar to Fort Collins-Loveland in 2010 and analyze how they grew or declined over the last 20 years and why. Attendees will experience an interactive and applied discussion on Northern Colorado’s 20-year forecast scenarios and alternative growth paths for the business and real estate community.

A panel of key players will continue the dialogue and provide more insight regarding the path of the next two decades.

“We will share for the first time a 20-year outlook for residential and commercial real estate in Northern Colorado as well as current conditions,” Laposa said. “By comparing current benchmarks and trends with future opportunities, participants will have the chance to share perceptions, learn from industry leaders and have the first view of the information that will shape the approach to building a stronger region.”

Following the 20-year research study findings, residential and commercial real estate breakout sessions will be held. Sessions include:
• “Do you really understand neighborhood housing price indices and trends?” Sriram Villupuram and John Gerhard of CSU’s Everitt Real Estate Center will discuss the different house price indices and how they can be used for practical, daily business.
• “An Entrepreneurial View on the Market.” Eric Holsapple, co-founder of Loveland Commercial, will discuss current economics, rents, costs and possible opportunities as well as results of the annual Northern Colorado commercial real estate market survey.

A. Simon Montagu, Customer Resource Support Division Director of the Denver Regional Council of Governments, will be the keynote speaker of the conference. Montagu’s presentation, “The Role of Regionalism and Economic Growth,” will discuss what can be learned from the Denver Regional Council of Governments. He will share strategies for regional growth, transportation, water, sustainability and quality of life. The presentation will begin at 11:45 a.m.

For more information about CSU’s Everitt Real Estate Center’s Reality Check 2011, contact Anne Spry at (970) 491-5522 or visit the web at or the Facebook page at Everitt Real Estate Center.

Founded in 2000, the Everitt Real Estate Center was established to produce and disseminate knowledge and to provide applied research solutions that address current and future real estate-related needs of Northern Colorado, the Front Range of Colorado and the West. The center also aims to equip Colorado State University students, center members and the community-at-large with real estate educational programs that supplement standard academic and industry training initiatives.