One-on-One With George Ratiu, Senior Economist for Realtor.com

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I first met George Ratiu at NAREE, then again at MetroTex, and liked him immediately. Then I discovered we shared a common ethnic heritage: we are both Romanian! My maternal grandparents were Romanian, my grandmother emigrating when she was 12. She had six children, supported them all through the Great Depression. Tough doesn’t even begin to describe her.

George Ratiu is Senior Economist with realtor.com, where he explores trends in global economies, real estate markets, technology, consumer demographics, and investments. He focuses on extracting insights into drivers of real estate transactions while monitoring market and policy changes. George promotes realtor.com’s brand and position as an industry leader through media and industry presentations across the U.S. His professional experience spans corporate, consulting, association and higher education environments in the United States and Europe. He was born and raised in Romania.

Speaking of the Great Depression, you will want to hear what George has to say. There is some rather hopeful economic information (that I think we really, really need) and insight that you will definitely find useful. Pour a glass and listen up!

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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