2023 Housing Outlook & Housing Affordability

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Date | Wednesday, March 22

Time | 8:15 a.m. Slides, annoucements, music | 8:30-9:45 a.m. - Program

Location | Via Zoom

Program Description

Join our conversation about the housing outlook for the Charlotte region and strategies that the public-private sectors can utilize to address affordable housing challenges and opportunities. 

This Realtor® Hot Topic is sponsored by Canopy Realtor® Association and the Charlotte Business Journal.

Panel Moderator:

Tiffany Johannes, President, Canopy Realtor® Association/Canopy MLS

Tiffany will open the discussion with an overview of the current housing market.

Johannes currently serves as 2023 president of Canopy Realtor® Association and Canopy MLS. As a veteran-agent with more than 15 years of real estate experience, she also serves as Broker-in-Charge of RE/MAX Executive Ballantyne and RE/MAX Executive General Manager, leading 18 offices in North and South Carolina. As president, Johannes works closely with the Association/Canopy MLS Executive Committee, helping to strategically plan and guide the organization’s business entities, including Canopy Housing Foundation and Canopy Real Estate Institute. She is excited to work alongside the Association’s leadership team to help evaluate new technologies and resources for more than 16,000 REALTOR® members and 20,000 MLS Subscribers.


Anne Marie DeCatsye, Esq, CEO, Canopy Realtor® Association/Canopy MLS

Anne Marie brings the real estate industry, as well as the nonprofit sector perspective from Canopy Housing Foundation and its partners, on ways to address affordable housing.

Anne Marie DeCatsye, Esq., is CEO of Canopy Realtor® Association, which operates and manages Canopy MLS, Canopy Real Estate Institute and Canopy Housing Foundation. She has been honored by RISMedia as a 2022 Real Estate Newsmaker, and named one of the most powerful people in real estate in the Swanepoel Power 200 report since 2018. Prior to her appointment as CEO in 2001, she was general counsel for the Association for seven months. Before that she served as deputy executive director of the Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition (REBIC), a Charlotte-area trade association with broad membership engaged in sales, building, development, finance, management and leasing of real estate.

Tim Sittema, Managing Partner, Crosland Southeast

Tim is involved in several public-private-partnership developments and believes this structure provides an effective mechanism to solve some of the more challenging needs in under-invested communities.

Sittema shares responsibility for the strategic growth and capital markets needs of the Company and he provides oversight of the Company’s various development business lines (single-tenant, shopping center, market-rate multifamily and mixed/multi-use) and their affordable housing development efforts. He is involved in several Public-Private-Partnership developments and believes this structure provides an effective mechanism to solve some of the more challenging needs in under-invested communities. He is also very involved in philanthropic work and has a passion for using his real estate platform to improve the fabric of the communities within which we live and work while helping to expand opportunities for the less fortunate. Prior to the formation of Crosland Southeast, Sittema served as President of Crosland Investment Services, Crosland’s leasing, asset, and property management service business unit. Prior to joining Crosland, he served as President of Sittema-Bullock Realty Partners in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Yongqiang Chu, Director of the Childress Klein Center for Real Estate and the Childress Klein Distinguished Professor of Real Estate and Urban Economics and Professor of Finance at the UNC Charlotte Belk College of Business

Dr. Chu is the primary author of the “2022 State of Housing in Charlotte Report” and will discuss the primary divers contributing to the lack of affordable housing in the region.

Chu conducts research in real estate, corporate finance, and banking. His research has appeared in many top finance, real estate, and economics journals, including Journal of FinanceReview of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Review of Economic Dynamics, and Real Estate Economics. He is the principal author of the annual State of Charlotte Housing Reports. Chu obtained his bachelor’s degree from Peking University, his master’s degree from National University of Singapore, and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before joining UNC Charlotte, he was an associate professor at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business.


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