Chief Economist and Director of Consulting
Brad Hunter is Metrostudy’s chief economist and director of consulting. Hunter directs Metrostudy’s consulting work nationwide and spearheads Metrostudy’s current work with the national development community as well as investment firms. Metrostudy is the nation’s premier advisor on local and regional housing market conditions. The firm’s unmatched database provides the quantitative foundation for its consulting and advisory work, and backs up Hunter’s forecasts of the housing market, which have been consistently more accurate than those of most other economists.
Hunter also supervises the bulk of the company’s multi-market studies, and has orchestrated hundreds of site-specific or area-specific housing market studies over the past twenty-five years of his career. He oversees the company’s work for investment funds who are investing a combined $1 billion in residential property nationwide.
With 25 years’ experience in real estate analysis and local market economics, Hunter is a full member of the Urban Land Institute, has authored numerous articles and chapters in ULI-published books, including Market Profiles, chairs various committees, and is an active member of the national Community Development Council. He is regularly cited in local and national journals including recent interviews by the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and on CNBC and Bloomberg News. His analysis is also featured in the book Foreclosure Nation. Hunter graduated in 1985 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics and has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University.
Hunter is a speaker at conferences on real estate opportunities and investing, as well as at real estate think tanks, and is frequently called upon by key regulatory agencies of the U.S. government for his insights on the housing sector.
Prior to joining Metrostudy, he was president of Powers-Hunter Group, a real estate consulting firm based in Fort Lauderdale. From 1988 to 1991, he was vice president and chief economist for Goodkin Research Corporation. During the 1980s, he served as a regional economist with Data Resources(DRI)/McGraw-Hill, producing all of the firm’s forecasts regarding population, employment and housing for the southeastern United States. While at DRI, Hunter authored several chapters of Metro Insights, published by McGraw-Hill, covering key economic and demographic aspects of the Top 100 MSAs in the country.