Since joining Fortress Real Developments in early 2013, Ben has become an integral member of the marketing and realty teams. Ben’s primary responsibilities include due diligence and underwriting of prospective development projects in conjunction with the stakeholder management team. He is also produces research and educational content regarding the conditions of local, metropolitan and national housing markets via robust statistical reports.
With over a decade of real estate research experience with such prestigious firms as Clayton Research and Urbanation in Toronto, and The Meyers Group in Dallas, Ben established himself as an expert on the new housing market. Ben has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Toronto Star, the Financial Post, Toronto Life magazine, Canadian Business, and Inman News on the housing market, as well as appearing on Global, CTV, CP24, the Sun News Network, and many other television broadcasts to discuss real estate. With the recent release of The Market Manuscript, Ben received press coverage in the Globe and Mail, the Calgary Herald, the Winnipeg Free Press, BNN, and Money Sense magazine.
As an in-demand public speaker, Ben has presented or been a panel member at BILD’s High-Rise Forum, OHBA’s Economic Forecast Seminar, The Property Show, and the Canadian Apartment Investment Conference. More recently, Ben has appeared at IIDEX Canada, The Mortgage Summit, MCAP’s breakfast seminar, and as one of the keynote speakers at ULI’s flagship Emerging Trends Event.
The breadth of Ben’s statistical comprehension comes from communication with a diverse group of individuals within the real estate industry. To facilitate regular discourse, Ben founded and co-organized The Young Builders Club (YBC), which hosts regular networking events for brokers, sales and marketing professionals, advertisers, architects, construction and equity lenders, builders, developers and consultants under the age of 40 working in the new construction business in Toronto.
Ben has an undergraduate degree in Economics from UTA, and has taken additional courses in Urban Land Economics at UBC and Real Estate Finance at MIT. Ben is also a licensed mortgage agent with Centro Mortgage Inc.
Ben currently contributes to REIN Magazine, the New Condo Guide, RENX.ca, Buzz Buzz Home, and the Toronto Sun on a regular basis, in additional to writing regularly for the Fortress blog.