Boulder Valley Real Estate Conference & Forecast

Nov. 21, 2024, Embassy Suites, Boulder

8:25 a.m.

Welcome — Chris Wood, Editor & Publisher, BizWest

8:30 to 9:05 a.m.

Residential Forecast: After years of a red-hot housing market, the Boulder Valley is seeing a cooling in sales activity and appreciation. What do the latest numbers tell us about the residential market in the region? We’ll examine sales numbers, listings, average and median prices and much more.

Todd Gullette, managing broker, RE/MAX of Boulder

9:05 to 10:15 a.m.

Commercial Outlook: Commercial real estate faces differing challenges depending on the market segment, with office experiencing the most-significant difficulties. What is the outlook for office, retail, industrial, flex and investment properties? Our expert panel will provide thoughtful analysis of where the market has been, where it is today and where it’s heading.

Moderator: Geoffrey Keys, CEO, Keys Commercial Real Estate

Eric Rutherford, broker associate, WK Real Estate

Beau Gamble, president, Dean Callan & Co.

Todd Walsh, Managing broker, Market Real Estate


10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Tightened Lending

Banks have been tightening standards for commercial real estate loans, with lower loan-to-value ratios and higher debt service coverage requirements. Banks also are building up reserves for CRE loan losses, especially for loans backed by office properties. How will Boulder Valley property owners and investors navigate this new lending environment, both for new developments and loans that are maturing?

Moderator: Dennis Paul, vice president, government affairs and strategic partnerships, Elevations Credit Union

Joe Kalb, 1st mortgage officer, Blue Federal Credit Union

Karen Klerman, senior director, community banking, FNBO

Aaron Spear, Boulder market president, Bank of Colorado

Stephen Tebo, owner, Tebo Properties


10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Housing Policy Landscape: 

State and local officials have considered a wave of policy changes that could revolutionize how housing is developed and sold in Colorado. What changes have passed, what’s been proposed, and what is the likely outcome in 2024 and beyond?

Moderator: Lisa Wade, agent, RE/MAX of Boulder

Judy Amabile, Colorado state representative

Jeremy Durham, executive director, Boulder Housing Partners

Kinsey Hasstedt, senior program director for state & local policy, Enterprise Community Partners

Jonathan Singer, senior director for policy programs, Boulder Chamber


Noon to 1:25 p.m.

Property Crime

Owners of real property have seen an uptick in vandalism and burglaries in certain areas of the Boulder Valley. What is driving this increase, how can property owners work with police to address the issues and what effect does it have on commercial brokers seeking to lease space in affected areas? 

Moderator: Chris Wood, editor & publisher, BizWest

Brian Cole, manager, W.W. Reynolds Cos.

Michael Dougherty, district attorney, Boulder County

Mark Mallen, president, Glacier Homemade Ice Cream & Gelato

Stephen Redfearn, deputy police chief, city of Boulder


1:40 to 2:50 p.m.

Municipal Backlog:

Developers seeking to navigate the development-review and permitting processes in area communities often face significant delays in getting projects through the pipelines, driven in part by staffing shortages, procedural hurdles and regulatory complexity. What is the current state of development review and permitting within area municipalities, and what are and/or should cities be doing to ease the backlog? 

Moderator: John Tayer, president & CEO, Boulder Chamber

Brad Mueller, director of planning & development services, city of Boulder

Wendell Pickett, principal, Frontier Cos. LLC

Glen Van Nimwegen, planning director, city of Longmont

David Zucker, principal & CEO, Zocalo Community Development


1:40 to 2:50 p.m.

Broker Commissions

The National Association of Realtors and other groups have been battling antitrust lawsuits on local broker marketplaces, buyer-agency commissions and other issues, with the rulings poised to have a major impact on consumers and the brokerage community. Our panel will discuss the issues at hand, legal rulings rendered thus far and what lies ahead.

Moderator: Duane Duggan, agent, RE/MAX of Boulder

Amy Aschenbrenner, VP of governmental affairs & community investment, BoLo Realtors

Jon Goodman, attorney, Frascona, Joiner Goodman & Greenstein PC

Jay Kalinski, owner, RE/MAX of Boulder and RE/MAX Elevate

Marcia Waters, director, Colorado Division of Real Estate


3 to 4 p.m.

Breaking Ground

Communities throughout the Boulder Valley continue to see new commercial and residential construction, with some projects in the planning stage and others already emerging from the ground. Our panel of development directors will provide a complete rundown of the region’s top projects. This panel is a huge hit year after year!

Tony Chacon, redevelopment program manager, city of Longmont

Julian Jacquin, director of economic development and Town of Erie Urban Renewal 

Rachel King, deputy director of economic vitality, city and county of Broomfield

Jill Mendoza, economic development director, town of Superior

Chandler Van Schaack, principal planner, city of Boulder

Rob Zuccaro, planning & building safety director, city of Louisville

Gain the insights you’ll need in 2025!