Matthew Gardner

Board Member



As Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, Matthew Gardner is responsible for analyzing and interpreting economic data and its impact on the real estate market on both a local and national level. Matthew has over 25 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K.

Matthew chairs the Board of Trustees at the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington; sits on the Urban Land Institutes Technical Assistance Panel; and is an Advisory Board Member for the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington where he also lectures undergraduate and graduate students in real estate forecasting.

Matthew holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Oxford University and has a graduate degree in Econometrics from the London School of Economics.

Why Runstad

I have a personal passion around urban housing needs and this translates into my desire to assist the next generation of real estate professionals. I believe that the mission of the Runstad Center to inspire current as well as prospective real estate leaders matches my own desire to educate those who are currently in the field, or who have an interest in entering it. At the core of the Runstad Center is conducting research that provides practical and sustainable solutions in order to address issues facing the real estate industry. As an industry analyst myself, I value such work and believe that any endeavor to support the community through qualitative, as well as quantitative, analysis is crucial for the necessary, as well as appropriate, growth of any market.


Windermere Real Estate
Position: Chief Economist


  • Member: Urban Land Institutes Technical Assistance Panel
  • Editor: Washington State University’s Central Puget Sound Real Estate Research Report
  • Economist: Master Builders Association and Windermere Real Estate Company

Awards, Honors and Mentions:

  • "Lay of the Land: Recovery will start in the center, slowly"
    Daily Journal of Commerce April 22, 2010
  • "Further pain coming in the multifamily markets"
    Daily Journal of Commerce December 10, 2009
  • "Now is the time for apartments — but beware!"
    Daily Journal of Commerce December 07, 2007
  • "Creating a vital and vibrant Seattle by increasing downtown density"
    The Seattle Times March 20, 2006