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Resources for COVID-19 and Beyond

During a time of great uncertainty and change, connection and information is a more important resource than ever before. Today's problems could be amplified or completely altered in a matter of days or hours, so it is vital that organizations and thought leaders frequently share knowledge, dispel rumors, and offer insight.

To meet this need, the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate launches the resource Lusk Perspectives.

Hosted by Professor and Lusk Center Director Richard K. Green, Lusk Perspectives offers timely analysis and shares accurate data vetted by leading experts on the latest developments and observations concerning policy, real estate, COVID-19 and more.

Once interviews are conducted, resources and videos will be made available here and on podcast channels as soon as possible.

 

Latest Perspectives

The Case for Medicare to Cover Home Safety Renovations

April 1, 2021
Richard K. Green
Richard K. Green | Director, USC Lusk Center for Real Estate
Patricia F. Harris
Patricia F. Harris, MD | Geriatric Medicine Specialist, UCLA Health
Anthony W. Orlando
Anthony W. Orlando | Assistant Professor in the Finance, Real Estate, & Law Department, California State Polytechnic University

Originally recorded for “The Bigger Picture” podcast by the USC Bedrosian Center with host Oliva Olson.

Falling is the number one cause of injury and the seventh leading cause of death in adults ages 65 and older. In the newly published “Breaking Down Silos to Improve the Health of Older Adults,” Richard Green, Patricia Harris, and Anthony Orlando make the case for Medicare coverage of home safety renovations to minimize injurious falls. Olivia Olson speaks with the authors about their recent paper and the changes they hope to see in Medicare coverage.

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Rebuilding Housing Post-Disaster

March 26, 2021
Lois Takahashi
Lois Takahashi | Houston Flournoy Professor of State Government and Director, USC Price in Sacramento
Dave Sanson
Dave Sanson | Chief Executive Officer, DeNova Homes
Geoffrey Ross
Geoffrey Ross | Deputy Director, Financial Assistance -- Federal Programs, California Department of Housing and Community Development
Dan Dunmoyer
Dan Dunmoyer | President and Chief Executive Officer, California Building Industry Association

Lois Takahashi moderates a panel of public and private stakeholders on the roadblocks and success stories of rebuilding housing after fire in California, including Dave Sanson (DeNova Homes), Geoffrey Ross (California Department of Housing and Community Development) and Dan Dunmoyer (California Building Industry Association).

As California currently has a housing crisis due in part to the difficulties of constructing new and large-scale housing in the state, the panel concludes that rebuilding communities impacted by natural disaster remains a challenging process. Sanson points out that though most communities lack the resources to act quickly in rebuilding that requires federal support, a lack of unity via local control and NIMBYism also can hamper rebuilding efforts. Ross acknowledges that the federal system is not yet attuned to the unique needs of responding to fire, having focused for some time on flood, tornado, or hurricane relief. Though the question “should we rebuild” in fire-affected areas deserves examining, Dunmoyer identifies that homebuilding is not immune to natural disaster anywhere in California or even the US and emphasizes safe and smart building as a responsible solution.

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The Future of Cities, Remote Work, and Return to the Office

March 8, 2021
Edward Glaeser
Edward Glaeser | Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Richard Florida
Richard Florida | Professor, School of Cities and Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, & Co-Founder and Editor-At-Large, Bloomberg CityLab
Richard Peiser
Richard Peiser | Michael D. Spear Professor of Real Estate Development, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Though the end of the pandemic may seem in sight, many questions remain regarding which trends of the past year are permanent. Edward Glaeser and Richard Florida join Richard Peiser and Richard K. Green to confer on the potential outcomes for land use in the US.

While both Glaeser and Florida agree that cities at large will return to full strength and influence, they also see individual cities as vulnerable. Regarding office work, Glaeser cites studies that indicate maintaining office culture via remote channels performs well, but growing a company remotely brings significant challenges for both management and employee advancement. Florida sees shifts towards remote and remote-flexible work as a potential revolution in the real estate industry, particularly as amenity-rich smaller cities have an opportunity to build hubs using compact urban models similar to the 15-minute city.

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What Real Estate Can Learn From The Tech Industry

March 1, 2021
Brad Hargreaves | Founder and CEO, Common

Brad Hargreaves joins Richard Green to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted product typologies of co-living and the role tech plays in managing multifamily properties. 

As it varies across the industry, Hargreaves lays out Common’s definition of co-living that distinguishes itself from visions of student housing or roommate matching and management. While co-living makes up a portion of Common’s management portfolio, Hargreaves sees the lowest hanging fruit for most property managers as basic tech upgrades to increase efficiency and centralize efforts like sales, marketing, and leasing to better and more quickly serve tenants. Green fields questions on which cities seem to be making big wins from the increased adoption of remote work, how renters making choices virtually will persist after the pandemic subsides, and what co-living financing really looks like to lenders and borrowers.

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Fireside Chat with Lusk Chair & Vice Chair

January 27, 2021
William A. Witte
William A. Witte | Chief Executive Officer, Related California
Nadine Watt
Nadine Watt | Chief Executive Officer, Watt Companies, Inc.

William A. Witte and Nadine Watt join Richard Green, to discuss their perspective on the broad trends and challenges facing real estate and urban economics in 2021. The leadership offers viewpoints on California outmigration, how rents are changing in unexpected ways as consumers respond to COVID, and the potential growth (and pitfalls) that remain for Southern California infrastructure. The Lusk Chair and Vice Chair insist that capital availability continues, meanwhile the industry as a whole continues to maintain a “wait and see” strategy to accurately assess how COVID and consumer trends have impacted product types and financial feasibility in the long term.

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