The Ohio State Center for Real Estate

The Ohio State Center for Real Estate at 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.

 2015 Inaugural Real Estate Conference

Les Wexner

On April 22, 2015, The Ohio State University Center for Real Estate hosted its 2015 Inaugural Real Estate Conference, held at the Longaberger Alumni House. This invitation-only event brought together 120 leaders from all domains of the real estate industry to engage in thought provoking conversations about the state and the future of the real estate industry. The keynote was delivered by Mr. Les Wexner, the chairman and CEO of L Brands.

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Mark Beliczky, Consultant and Advisor to Carlyle Group

The Center for Real Estate was thrilled to welcome Mr. Mark Beliczky, a Consultant & Advisor to The Carlyle Group, who visited campus on April 10. During his visit, Mr. Beliczky met with undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and administration of the college. In his work Mark focuses on three key sectors nationwide: seniors housing, manufactured housing and condominiums and offices out of Washington, DC and New York City.

Breakfast with Arun Singh, Associate Director, MetLife

Mr. Arun Singh, an Associate Director in MetLife’s Southeast Regional Office, visited campus and met with graduate and undergraduate students on April 9. Mr. Singh, a Fisher alumn, focuses on the origination, underwriting, and asset management of commercial mortgages and has extensive experience in real estate investments and portfolio management.

Thomas DeRosa, CEO and Director of Healthcare REIT

Thomas DeRosaThe Center for Real Estate welcomed Mr. Thomas DeRosa, the CEO and Director of Healthcare REIT, a Toledo-based real estate investment trust that invests across the full spectrum of seniors housing and health care real estate. The company employs 400 professionals in its core business functions, which include investment, development and asset management, and is the 4th largest company in the state of Ohio. Mr. DeRosa and his Vice President for Senior Housing, Joe Weisenburger, spoke to students and industry professionals about their company and the future of the health care real estate industry.

Week of Real Estate at The Ohio State University

If real estate is all about location, the place to be in recent weeks was Fisher College of Business. Along with classroom visits from top names in the industry, the college played host to more than 50 leaders in business, government and academics from across disciplines at The Ohio State University Center for Real Estate Open House event. Fisher students also took part in the Urban Land Institute Hines Competition, in collaboration with the real estate center, Knowlton School of Architecture and ULI Columbus.

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2015 ULI Hines Competition - Final presentations and keynote by Brian Ellis, President of Nationwide Realty Investors

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 $5,000. 

This year Ohio State fielded three graduate teams comprised of students from finance, architecture, city and regional plannig and law. The case was set in a neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. On February 12 the teams presented their proposals to a panel of judges and an audience of 60 people comprised of students, professors and industry professionals. The teams presentations were evaluated by four judges representing different aspects of the real estate industry including finance, architecture and city planning. Congratulations to team Ensemble for their first place finish and good luck to all teams in the national competition. 

The Ohio State Center for Real Estate Open House

On February 5, 2015, the Ohio State Center for Real Estate hosted an invitation-only Open House for industry leaders and the University community.  The Open House was designed to introduce the Center, its mission and its leadership to people in the community and to provide an opportunity for industry leaders to meet with members of the Executive Committee of the Center. The Open House was attended by over 70 people. We hope to see everyone again soon!


2014 Center for Real Estate Scholarship Awards

2014 scholarship winnersThe Center for Real Estate announced its 2014 scholarship winners. Over all, 18 deserving students were awarded scholarships totaling 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.

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.

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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