Data and analytics-enabled solutions provider CoreLogic appointed Selma Hepp as its chief economist, the company announced on Wednesday.
Prior to the appointment, Hepp served as the interim chief economist, a role she took on in July 2022. As interim chief economist, Hepp led the economics team, which analyzes data on housing and economic trends in the real estate, mortgage and insurance industriesto create forecasts.
Hepp focuses on property data and provides monthly updates on the CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index, underscoring the relationship between appreciation and home equity wealth.
“I am honored and thrilled to lead our team as we continue to generate industry-leading, data-driven insights and thought-provoking perspectives on all things housing,” Hepp said in a statement.
Hepp has held other positions at CoreLogic since joining the company in 2020, including deputy chief economist and executive of research and insights in the office of the chief economist.
“As a well-respected thought leader in the housing industry, Selma’s analytical expertise will produce insights to help our clients and other stakeholders better navigate today’s dynamic real estate environment,” CoreLogic president and CEO Patrick Dodd said.
Hepp’s professional career spans about two decades in the real estate space, with a four-year stint as the chief economist and vice president of business intelligence for Pacific Union International, a company later acquired by Compass in 2018.
In addition, Hepp worked as chief economist at Zillow subsidiary Trulia, senior economist at the California Association of Realtors, economist and manager of public policy and homeownership at National Association of Realtors, and had brief stints at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a special research assistant and at CENTURY 21 as a real estate agent.
Hepp has also served as an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University and the University of Maryland, where she completed her Ph.D. She is currently serving as the president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Business Economics, co-chair of the Real Estate Roundtable and a member of the Business Conditions Survey committee.
“Given the challenges of today’s housing market, CoreLogic’s depth, wealth and consistency of data position us to provide clear and actionable views on the property ecosystem and bring value to our clients and broader markets,” she said in the statement.
CoreLogic collects data from regular economic reports and other sources, with more than 4.5 billion records spanning five decades, as well as analyses from the company’s office of the chief economist. The research includes coverage of property, mortgages, consumer credit, tenancy, location, hazard risk, and other related information.
The Irvine, California-based company currently operates in North America, Western Europe and Asia Pacific.