Chief Economist of State Department of Finance to Speak at Real Estate Luncheon

Howard Roth, chief economist of the California Department of Finance, will be the featured speaker at the Real Estate Research Council of Southern California (RERC) quarterly luncheon meeting on Thursday, March 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the Kellogg West Conference Center.

Roth, who has been with the state?s Economic Research Unit since December 2001, will discuss his predictions for real estate trends. Prior to his appointment, Roth was a bank economist.

The luncheon will focus on ?Outlook for the California Economy and Real Estate. RERC Executive Director Michael Carney, professor of finance, real estate and law, will also discuss housing trends to date.

The RERC, a nonprofit organization based at Cal Poly Pomona, works toward developing and distributing factual information about conditions affecting real estate in Southern California, from housing to mortgage lending and construction.

Cost to attend the luncheon is $35 and includes lunch. Reservations are required. For more information, contact Terry Kaufman at (909) 869-2410, or visit