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The Ohio State Center for Real Estate

The Ohio State Center for Real Estate at the Fisher College of Business is dedicated to fostering excellence in real estate education, applied and academic research, and outreach through community and university partnerships. The Center’s main goal is to serve as a link between our students, faculty, alumni, and the various parts of the real estate industry, creating a vibrant community touching all aspects of real estate.

2014 Center for Real Estate Scholarship Awards

The Center for Real Estate announced its 2014 scholarship winners. Over all, 18 deserving students were awarded scholarships totalling over $32,000. The recipients were evenly split between graduate and undergraduate students, and for the first time ever represented three different departments across the university: Fisher College of Business, Moritz School of Law and Engineering. Students were awarded scholarships based on their academic achievements as well as their experience outside of classroom. The Center would like to thank all our donors for their generous gifts as well as the scholarship committee of the Ohio Association of Realtors that interviews our students each year and awards scholarships on annual basis.

The Ohio State Center for Real Estate Open House

On February 5, 2015, the Ohio State Center for Real Estate will be hosting an invitation only Open House for industry leaders and the University community.  The Open House is designed to introduce the Center, its mission and its leadership and to provide an opportunity for industry leaders to meet with members of the Executive Committee of the Center. To find out more information, please email Jana Hrdinova at

Real Estate Trends in Central Ohio 2015

The Ohio State Center for Real Estate has partnered with ULI Columbus to yet again expand the ULI Emerging Trends effort with a more in-depth measure of the Central Ohio real estate market. The resulting report, Real Estate Trends in Central Ohio 2015, offers insights into the state of real estate industry in Central Ohio and its outlook for 2015. The report was generated based on a survey that was sent to industry leaders across the Central Ohio region as well as a number of interviews with real estate professionals.

To view a report excerpt please go to our Resource page, to download a full report please visit ULI Columbus.

2015 ULI Hines Competition

ULI Hines competition logoEvery year the Center for Real Estate in collaboration with the Knowlton School of Architecture and ULI Columbus, support 3-4 graduate teams from Ohio State as they compete in one of the most prestigious real estate competitions in the country for a grand prize of $50,000 as well as local prizes amounting to $6,000.  The ULI Hines Competition is designed for multi-disciplinary teams of graduate students who are challenged to devise a development program for a real site in a real city in the US, including drawings, site plans, and market-based financial data. 

The 2015 ULI Hines Competition will be taking place between January 12-26, 2015. Click here for application and to find out more information.

Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation: Urban regeneration and the impact of private-public partnerships

3CDC logoThe Ohio State Center for Real Estate was thrilled to welcome Mr. Stephen Leeper, the CEO of the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation, a nonprofit public-private partnership that has successfully worked on revitalizing core downtown areas of Cincinnati, including the site of the 2001 Cincinnati riots, Over-the-Rhine. Under Mr. Leeper’s leadership, 3CDC, in partnership with public and private entities, successfully managed to turn Over-the-Rhine into a nationally heralded success story of neighborhood revitalization.

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Building Healthy Columbus

Bicyclists in ColumbusThe Center for Real Estate was proud to partner with the ULI Columbus chapter on the Building Healthy Columbus Workshop which took place on October 1. The workshop was designed to collect and distribute the opinions of Young Professionals on how our health is being impacted by the physical design of our community. The event highlighted the global principles of Building Healthy Places, which was followed by a discussion and a workshop that discussed how can these principles be implemented locally and how the Columbus built environment could be improved. The Center in partnership with ULI Columbus will be producing a workshop report summarizing the results.

Center for Real Estate hosts the 2014 Real Estate Career Foundation Seminar

RockbridgeThe Center for Real Estate, in conjunction with the Fisher College of Business Career Management Office and the Fisher Real Estate Society, hosted the 2014 Real Estate Career Foundation Seminar sponsored by Rockbridge. This annual event highlights opportunities that exist in the real estate industry and featured multiple prominent speakers throughout the day.  The keynote speaker was Jim Merkel, CEO of Rockbridge, who discussed the importance of tenacity, transparency and understanding of human nature to a successful career in the real estate industry. Mr. Merkel's keynote was followed by an industry panel of Brent Crawford, CEO of Crawford Hoying, Christopher Diffley, Managing Director at Rockbridge, Michael Mitro, SVP of Institutional Lending at Huntington, Craig Kegg, Senior Vice President at Grandbridge Real Estate Capital and Todd Harrop, Associate Vice President at Nationwide REI.
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Fisher Undergraduate Team Places in Top Three at a Prestigious Villanova Real Estate Competition

Fisher teamFour Fisher outstanding undergraduate students have placed third in the prestigious Villanova Real Estate Competition that took place on April 3 and 4, 2014, in Philadelphia, PA. The student teams were tasked with proposing a mixed-use development plan on a vacant 32 acre site in Sunrise, Florida, which would incorporate the needs of the community and capture a desirable overall return on the equity in the project. Teams had three days to work on their proposals followed by final presentations to judges. The Center has financially supported their travel to the competition.
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Ohio State Graduate Team Earns Honorable Mention at the national level of the ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition

ULI Gerald D. Hines competitionFor the past six years, the Center has partnered with the Knowlton School of Architecture to organize and support graduate student teams for the national ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. This year Ohio State has partnered with the local ULI Columbus chapter to sponsor a local edition of this competition and allow undergraduate student teams to compete at the local level. Ohio State has fielded four graduate student teams and two undergraduate teams that have competed for monetary prices at the local level. The graduate teams consisted of students from the Fisher School of Business, the Knowlton School of Architecture and John Glenn School of Public Policy. We are thrilled to announce that for the first time, an Ohio State team earned an honorable mention along with ten other from the total of 163 teams competing.
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