LAI Baltimore Program Baltimore Area Real Estate Market Part 1: Residential with Bob Lefenfeld and Abigail Ferretti

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Date(s) - January 17, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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University of Maryland BioPark
801 W Baltimore Street, Invent and Advance Room
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Join LAI Baltimore for a two-part program on the Baltimore Area Real Estate Market. Part 1 will focus on Residential Real Estate with Bob Lefenfeld, Founding Principal, Real Property Research Group, Inc. and Abby Ferretti, Founding Principal, Partners for Economic Solutions.

Bob Lefenfeld, Founding Principal of the firm, has over 30 years of experience in the field of residential market research. Before founding Real Property Research Group in 2001, Bob served as an officer of research subsidiaries of Reznick Fedder & Silverman and Legg Mason. Between 1998 and 2001, Bob was Managing Director of RF&S Realty Advisors, conducting residential market studies throughout the United States. From 1987 to 1995, Bob served as Senior Vice President of Legg Mason Realty Group, managing the firm’s consulting practice and serving as publisher of a Mid-Atlantic residential data service, Housing Market Profiles. Prior to joining Legg Mason, Bob spent ten years with the Baltimore Metropolitan Council as a housing economist. Bob also served as Research Director for Regency Homes between 1995 and 1998, analyzing markets throughout the Eastern United States and evaluating the company’s active building operation.

Bob has lectured and written extensively on the subject of residential real estate market analysis. Bob has created and teaches the market study module for the MBA HUD Underwriting course and has served as an adjunct professor for the Graduate Programs in Real Estate Development, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, University of Maryland College Park. He is the past National Chair of the National Council of Housing Market Analysts (NCHMA) and currently chairs its FHA Committee.

As a founding principal of the Partners for Economic Solutions, Abigail Ferretti focuses on managing the firm’s urban practice with an emphasis on revitalizing older communities. In all her work, she dedicates herself to finding the best available data that accurately portray current and potential development. She uses GIS extensively to inform the analyses of existing conditions, competitive projects and opportunities for new development. This relentless pursuit of actual data to build sound conclusions serves as a guiding principle for all PES projects.

With 20 years of experience managing small and large redevelopment projects, Abigail is fully versed in a variety of approaches and strategies. In this work, Abigail helped communities understand and leverage the public resources (including not only land but funding opportunities) to support redevelopment. She works closely with stakeholders to understand their views, interests, concerns and resources to forge consensus on the plan and the implementation strategies. She is particularly skilled in helping community members and other stakeholders to understand market opportunities and constraints so that the plans are market-based and realistic. Abigail excels in public speaking and working with large groups to respond to questions and educate stakeholders at large about the economic realities of the project and environment.

Save the Date, February 20, 2019, for Part 2 which will focus on Commercial Real Estate with Michael Lester, Managing Director, Willowbrook Valuation & Advisory Services.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Street parking available and a parking garage on the corner of West Baltimore Street and Poppleton Street (1 N. Poppleton Street). The garage takes cash only. There is an ATM machine at The Harbor Bank of Maryland located at 800 W. Baltimore Street.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Mel Freeman
President, Baltimore Chapter