Brad Hunter

Brad Hunter is Metrostudy’s chief economist and director of strategic 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.

Brad Hunter's Posts

Two Hot Buyer Types Driving New Home Sales Two Hot Buyer Types Driving New Home Sales

Metrostudy chief economist Brad Hunter drills further into new residential sales data released Wednesday morning by examining buyer traffic in individual markets. Read more

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Single Family Permits, Starts, and Completions Rise in February Single Family Permits, Starts, and Completions Rise in February

Metrostudy chief economist Brad Hunter outlines how Wednesday's data release will impact the future trajectory of new home construction in this one minute video. Read more

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Winners and Losers: The New Housing Trends by Market Winners and Losers: The New Housing Trends by Market

It’s remarkable how a housing market that was the epitome of distress can come back to life with a vengeance, and also how a market that is runnin’ and gunnin’ one year, can run out of gas the next. The latest study of housing markets nationwide by Metrostudy shows that markets can be divided with descriptors such as “winners” and “losers,” and some of these have switched in the last 12 months. Read more

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First-Time Buyers Are Coming Back! (Gradually...) First-Time Buyers Are Coming Back! (Gradually...)

A key group that has been conspicuously absent from the entry level housing market is Generation Y. There is general agreement that there are millions of "pent-up households," because so many Millennials are living with their parents, and delaying getting married and starting their own families. The question is whether it is a "delay," or a "cancellation." Metrostudy chief economist Brad Hunter believes the answer is both. Read more

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