Aubrey Haines of Mercer Oak Realty.

If you’re buying or selling real estate, it might be valuable to know what lies ahead for the market in 2020. At an upcoming meeting, the experts will weigh in with their most informed predictions.

A diverse group of real estate professionals will gather at the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce to discuss the year ahead on Thursday, January 30, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Princeton Marriot. Tickets are $55, $45 for members. For more information, visit www.princetonmercerchamber.org.

Speakers include:

George Ratiu, senior economist at realtor.com, who will give the keynote address.

Ratiu’s bio says that he explores trends in global economies, real estate markets, technology, consumer demographics, and investments. His professional experience spans corporate, consulting, association, and higher education environments in the United States and Europe.

In his role at realtor.com, he delivers information and insights to empower consumers and realtors on their real estate journeys. Prior to realtor.com, he managed research programs at the National Association of Realtors, focused on U.S. housing statistics, international and commercial real estate market performance, investments, and finance. In addition, he provided economic and industry insights as a regular columnist for leading real estate publications and delivered keynote presentations across the U.S. and Canada. His research and insights have been featured by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, ABC News, CBS News, the New York Times, and USA Today.

He is a member of the National Association for Business Economics and the National Economists Club.

Eugene R. Diaz, principal of Prism Capital Partners:

From his bio: Diaz founded Prism as an entity that would enable him to expand his work in real estate investment and development. Previously, Diaz worked for Cushman & Wakefield and has held several leadership positions at Gale & Wentworth, including chief investment officer responsible for directing and overseeing all aspects of the company’s investment activities. He established the company’s asset management department and grew the firm’s owned investment portfolio from 500,000 square feet to more than 12 million square feet in eight states.

He earned a master’s degree in real estate investment and development from New York University, where he has frequently served as a guest lecturer and stand-in professor. Diaz received undergraduate degrees in economics and political science from Northwestern University.

Judson R. Henderson, of Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty.

From his bio: At the age of 18, Henderson was busy getting licensed as a real estate salesperson. Ten years later he upgraded that original license to become a broker associate with the Princeton Real Estate Group, later serving as broker of record for Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty and now a managing member of Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty.

After graduating from Hamilton College where he gained a major in English, he worked full time at Henderson Realtors for almost two years before being diagnosed with Lymphoma. Managing to work part time while being treated, he was able to start full time again in the end of 1998.

His grandfather founded the business in 1953.

Aubrey Haines, CEO of Mercer Oak Realty.

From his bio: Aubrey leads Mercer Oak as CEO and is managing partner of Princeton Property Management and Princeton Property Partner affiliate companies. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the Princeton market and has been responsible for negotiating more than $2.5 billion in leasing and sales transactions.

Over his career, he has arranged complex multi-party transactions including corporate office facilities, research and development labs, data processing/storage centers, apartments, retail space and telecommunications switching space.

Haines majored in economics at Tufts University where he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in 1985. He also spent a year at the London School of Economics between 1983 and 1984.

He has also served in several leadership positions in Princeton area community organizations including as president of the Princeton Corridor Rotary Club and chairman of the board of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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