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IMC’s November Market Insights Highlight Real Estate Trends

During the November 2021 Market Insights, International Market Centers (IMC) explores real estate trends and their impact on the home furnishing industries through a conversation between CEO Bob Maricich and Dr. Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior vice president of Research for the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

“How the Housing Market Could Impact the Industry in 2022” is presented as a 30-minute webinar on Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. PDT/1:00 p.m. EDT.

“For home furnishings buyers and suppliers, real estate trends have a direct impact on the bottom line,” said Dorothy Belshaw, IMC executive vice president, chief customer and marketing officer. “Our November 2021 Market Insights is going right to the source to provide the tools our industry needs to plan for near term and future buying and selling.”

“How the Housing Market Could Impact the Industry in 2022” is an intimate conversation between two thought leaders. Maricich and Yun will explore a variety of highly relevant topics including the current “hot” housing market, location trends, housing inventory, first-time homeowners, home staging and more.

Yun oversees NAR’s Research group, supervising the associations’ research activities including the Existing Home Sales statistics, Affordability Index, and Home Buyers and Sellers Profile Report and providing commentary on real estate market trends for its 1.4 million REALTORS. He is active in many economic forecasting panels including the Blue Chip Council and the Wall Street Journal Forecasting Survey and participates in the Industrial Economists Discussion Group at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. He frequently appears as an expert on financial news outlets, speaks at real estate conferences and has testified before congress. He received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Maricich is widely recognized as one of the home furnishings industry’s most Innovative leaders. He was instrumental in the creation of IMC in 2011 and its 2018 merger with AmericasMart Atlanta and the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC). Prior to IMC, Maricich served as CEO of World Market Center Las Vegas, Century Furniture Industries, American Drew Furniture and American of Martinsville and as an executive with Flexsteel Industries, Inc., Texaco and the R.S Bacon Veneer Co. His leadership positions within the home furnishings industry include serving on the American Furniture Manufacturers Association Board of Directors and the North Carolina Furniture Export Council. His many honors include the International Home Furnishings Representatives Association (IHFRA) Furniture Industry Icon award, the American Home Furnishings Alliance American Heritage Distinguished Service Award and induction to the Home Furnishings Hall of Fame – the industry’s highest honor – in 2021.

Registration for the webinar is available now at

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