The residential and commercial real estate markets finished strong in 2019 and started 2020 with upward momentum. Economic expansion continued and interest rates plummeted, improving housing market affordability. Even builders showed signs of life – welcome news for a market starved for inventory. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and everything came to a halt. Industry veterans – Michael Fratantoni, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and Rick Sharga, CEO, CJ Patrick Company – for their data-driven analysis and insights on the state of the U.S. economy, optimistic outlooks for the rest of the year, recovery pace predictions and more.