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Peter Linneman and Willy Walker navigate the markets

March 26, 2020

Peter Linneman and Willy Walker navigate the markets

Dr. Peter Linneman

Principal & Founder of Linneman Associates

Linneman and Walker discuss today’s changing economic environment and share an update on the U.S. commercial real estate sector.

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Walker & Dunlop hosted our webcast, “Navigating the Markets” on financing and the CRE market.

This week, our CEO, Willy Walker, and his guest this week, Dr. Peter Linneman, shared their thoughts on today’s changing economic environment, discussed the impact of COVID-19, and provided an update on the U.S. Commercial Real Estate sector. They covered:

  • How student housing and other asset classes can be converted to provide additional hospital beds
  • Current spreads for insurance companies, CMBS, and the GSEs
  • The economic implications of a long-term lockdown 
  • General advice for the deployment of capital and liquidity

Follow us on YouTube for the latest webcast and videos. If you have any comments or questions about the evolving economic landscape and how it is impacting the CRE space, our experts are available and fully operational to help. Additionally, if you have topics you would like covered during one of our future webcasts, we would be happy to take your suggestions.

A bit about each speaker:

Willy Walker
Willy Walker

Willy Walker is chairman and chief executive officer of Walker & Dunlop. Under Mr. Walker’s leadership, Walker & Dunlop has grown from a small, family-owned business to become one of the largest commercial real estate finance companies in the United States. Walker & Dunlop is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and in its first seven years as a public company has seen its shares appreciate 547%.

Dr. Peter Linneman
Dr. Peter Linneman

Peter Linneman is the founding principal of Linneman Associates, a leading real estate advisory firm. For 35 years, he was a leading member of Wharton's faculty, serving as the Albert Sussman Professor of Real Estate, Finance and Public Policy. For over 40 years, Dr. Peter Linneman's unique blend of scholarly rigor and practical business insight has won him accolades from around the world, including PREA's prestigious Graaskamp Award for Real Estate Research, Wharton's Zell-Lurie Real Estate Center's Lifetime Achievement Award, Realty Stock Magazine's Special Achievement Award, being named "One of the 25 Most Influential People in Real Estate" by Realtor Magazine and inclusion in The New York Observer's "100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate."

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