I have made it a point to attend Mark Zandi ‘s economic forecast presentations over the years and had the opportunity to meet and speak with him at the Counselors of Real Estate  meeting in Philadelphia a few months ago. He graciously accepted my invitation to have a conversation with me (via Skype). In 2009 Time magazine called him The Recession’s Hot Wonk . He’s got a more optimistic outlook than consensus at the moment, but he describes his optimism in its proper context during our conversation.
Mark is also an author, including Financial Shock: Global Panic and Government Bailouts–How We Got Here and What Must Be Done to Fix It  and his new book Paying the Price: The New Economic Mess We Have Created and How to Get Out of It .http://ms.clash.outthinkgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/oldimages/podcasts/2010.12.21-The-Housing-Helix-Podcast-Mark-Zandi-Chief-Economist-Moodys-Analytics.mp3