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C.A.R. SVP and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young has been named to Housing Wire’s annual Women of Influence list, which recognizes women leading the mortgage and housing industry forward.


Appleton-Young joined C.A.R. in 1984 and since then has made a significant and meaningful impact on the lives of REALTORS® and homeowners. In her role, Appleton-Young directs the activities of the Association’s Member Information Team, overseeing analysis of the housing market and brokerage industry trends, broker relations, and membership development activities.

She oversaw the recent development of programs such as the Diversity Initiative, designed to increase Latino homeownership and build relationships with cultural groups in the state while promoting equitable access to homeownership.

Additionally, she and her team are dedicated to engaging more women in the leadership of brokerage firms and the industry. While women make up the majority of C.A.R.’s membership (57 percent), they are dramatically underrepresented in executive levels of management in the brokerage community. Together with her team, C.A.R.’s new Women’s Initiative is addressing that gap, looking to better understand the reasons for the gap, and, more importantly, creating a supportive community to help ALL strive toward higher levels in their careers.

As chief economist, she actively guides the Research & Economics team, which collects primary data through survey research, multiple listing services, and other sources to analyze and interpret housing trends, and foster understanding of the economic and housing market landscape.

Appleton-Young also oversees Industry Relations for the Association, which is designed to increase impact of association programs, products, and services through strategic relationships with key stakeholders including diverse subsets of the membership, the brokerage community, the local associations, as well as the broader industry. 

As a housing economics expert, she has been quoted in countless media outlets through the years including Housing Wire, The Los Angeles Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle. In the last year, she has been featured on KABC-TV, NBC San Diego, and a guest on radio stations such as KPCC, KABC, and KNX 1070.

Appleton-Young continues to be a well-respected thought leader in the real estate industry. Her leadership attributes are second to none, and she has developed a unique culture within the organization where her staff and colleagues feel valued, appreciated, and honored to work by her side. 

See the entry here on Housing Wire.


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