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.

Saying good bye to a dear colleague

Paul WeinstockIt is with a sad heart that we announce the unexpected passing of our dear friend and colleague, Paul Weinstock. Paul has been a fixture at the Fisher College of Business for the past 19 years, teaching many courses in the finance as well as the real estate field. Paul was someone who cared deeply about his students and who always found an encouraging word. We will miss him greatly and send our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Paul's full obituary.

2016 Real Estate Conference - April 27

On April 27, 2016, The Ohio State University Center for Real Estate is hosting its 2016 Real Estate Conference at the Ohio Union. This invitation-only event brings together 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 conference program consists of four shorter talks covering various topics from how psychology influences our financial decisions to the impact of autonomous cars on our cities and society. The keynote will be delivered by Mr. Graham Wyatt, partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

For more information and detailed agenda, please visit the conference site.

2015 In Numbers

2015 in numbers2015 was an exciting year for the Center - it was our first complete year since the Center's relaunch in June 2014. We have been working at building up the Center's programming, renewing the Center's research mission and enriching the educational experience of our students. We hope you enjoy reading the 2015 highlights.

2015-2016 Real Estate Scholarship Awards Announced

Every year, the Ohio State Center for Real Estate awards a number of scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students that range from $1000 - $4000. This year, with the help of our generous donors, we were able to give away 20 scholarships totalling approximately $35,000 on annual bases. Congratulations to all our outstanding students and thank you to the Ohio Association of Realtors' Scholarship Selection Committee and to our donors who make the scholarships possible.

2015-2016 Research Grants Announced

We are pleased to announce the award of our first round of research grants to Ohio State graduate students and faculty who are exploring real estate related topics in their research. The Center recieved 17 strong applications and has selected five proposals for funding. The projects represent five different departments across Ohio State campus and range in topics from the impact of brownfield redevelopment on surrounding neighborhoods to a case study of Campus Partners as the development arm of Ohio State. The funded projects will be producing an academic or a white paper, as well as a short summary of their results. For more details about the proposals funded, please visit our research page.

2016 Real Estate Trends in Central Ohio

The Center for Real Estate and Columbus District Council of the Urban Land Institute unveiled its Real Estate Trends in Central Ohio 2016, an annual report offering in-depth insights and timely projections about trends influencing the local real estate market in the coming year. The program included an overview presentation  highlighting key findings from Real Estate Trends in Central Ohio 2016  and a keynote presentation by Christopher Herbert, the Director of Joint Center on Housing Studies at Harvard University.

Read the report

Conversation with Herman Bulls, Vice Chairman, Americas, JLL

Herman BullsHerman E. Bulls
Vice Chairman, Americas, JLL

BA, United States Military Academy at West Point
MBA, Harvard Business School

The Ohio State Center for Real Estate was pleased to welcome Mr. Herman Bulls, Vice Chairman, Americas for Jones Lang LaSalle. Mr. Bulls completed 30 years of Army service, retiring as a Colonel. After completing Harvard Business School, he served as an Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point. Following his West Point assignment, Herman served in the Pentagon in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management, where he oversaw a $4 billion budget for selected Army commands.

Herman transitioned from the active Army into commercial real estate in 1989. As founder and CEO, Public Institutions, at Jones Lang LaSalle, he has been instrumental in the implementation of several major projects, including the Army and Air Force’s housing privatization programs and many major real estate developments on college campuses across the nation. Herman’s teams have privatized over 120,000 housing units. During over 26 years at Jones Lang LaSalle he has worked in the areas of development, investment management, asset management, facilities operations and business development/retention.

Presentation slides

Alumni networking event in New York City

On October 23 the Ohio State Center for Real Estate organized a small pre-game networking event and wine tasting for Buckeye alumni who work in the real estate industry in the New York City and New Jersey region. The event took place at City Winery in New York and the group enjoyed wine tasting from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Klatskin of Forsgate Industrial Partners. The purpose of the alumni networking events is to create closer connections between our alumni and the Center to create opportunities for our students who wish to pursue careers in real estate outside of central Ohio.


2015 Real Estate Career Foundation Seminar - keynote by John Huguenard, International Director and Head of Industrial Capital Markets, JLL

2015 Real Estate Career Foundation Seminar

The Center for Real Estate, in conjunction with the Fisher College of Business Career Management Office and the Fisher Real Estate Society, hosted the 2015 Real Estate Career Foundation Seminar on September 25. This annual event highlights opportunities that exist in the real estate industry and features multiple prominent speakers throughout the day. The keynote speaker for 2015 was John Huguenard, International Director and Head of Industrial Capital Markets from Jones Lang LaSalle. John has consistently been one of the nation’s top investment sales producers, receiving a number of industry achievements including being named one of the top 30 brokers in the country.  

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