The Housing Chronicles Blog: Guest blogger for Housing Chronicles from 8/28-9/14/08

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Guest blogger for Housing Chronicles from 8/28-9/14/08

I'll be taking a long-planned vacation from August 28th through September 14th, so in my absence I've asked a friend and colleague, Heidi Gothard, to take over primary blogging duties. Heidi's a big fan of blogs in general, so you may see her referencing other blogs as well as the news stories that I've tended to cover. Since I can't help myself, I'll be bringing my laptop in tow to check in periodically, but probably not for posting.

Here is Heidi's bio:

With over 15 years of experience as an independent real estate research consultant for residential developers, market research firms and investors, Heidi Gothard has worked on many large-scale projects and master plans throughout the southwestern United States. Prior to joining MetroIntelligence, Heidi worked with other regional consulting firms including MetroStudy, The Meyers Group (now Hanley Wood Market Intelligence), MarketPointe Realty Advisors, Real Estate Economics, and Market Profiles as well as directly for builders and developers including Pulte Homes, Western Pacific Housing (now part of D.R. Horton), Playa Vista LLC and The Irvine Company.

As a Marketing Research Manager for the Irvine Company, Heidi led a team of analysts to offer pricing recommendations for existing and future projects on the Irvine Ranch to use in various pro-formas critical for land sale negotiations, oversaw the in-house databases and provided all aspects of housing research (including both new construction and resale data) to the senior management team.

Heidi also brings an extensive background in technology to each consulting assignment, having served as a Client and Industry Relations Manager for Cox Communications to create some of the country's first wired broadband communities -- including high-speed Internet access, digital telephone and digital television -- for the master-planned communities Ladera Ranch and Newport Coast.

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