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

NAIOP logoThe Center for Real Estate, in conjunction with the Fisher College of Business Career Management Office and the Fisher Real Estate Society, is hosting 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 is 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.  

This event is designed for all graduate and undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in real estate or simply learning more about the industry.

When: September 25, 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Gerlach Hall 375

NAIOP - Central Ohio Chapter

NAIOP logoThe Central Ohio Chapter of NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Asociation, has partnered with the Center to offer free memberships to 50 students at The Ohio State University through a generous donation of the chapter. The goal of the association is to help their members and their businesses achieve and retain the highest level of excellence through legislative awareness and involvement, professional education and development, and the sharing of best practices. If you are interested in joining NAIOP, please email Jana Hrdinova at

2015 Summer Real Estate Symposium cosponsored by Ohio State Center for Real Estate

In June The Ohio State Center for Real Estate co-sponsored the 2015 Summer Real Estate Symposium, which took place in Seattle, WA, from June 16-17. The ten year old symposium focuses on academic research in real estate finance and includes both theoretical and empirical papers on a wide range of topics, including housing, mortgages, REITs, leasing, and investment. The symposium is by invitation only with attendance being limited to 50 academics and 6 research papers. Other top real estate programs co-sponor the symposium including Columbia, Cornell, National University of Singapore, UC-Berkeley, UCLA, UT-Austin, Wharton and Wisconsin.

Announcing 2015-2016 Research Grant Program

The Ohio State University Center for Real Estate is initiating an annual research stipend program for Ohio State faculty and graduate students who are interested in writing academic or white research papers on topics related to the field of real estate such as real estate finance and economics, urban and regional economics, public policy, urban planning, housing affordability or real estate law. The awards will typically range between $2000-$5000. The deadline for research proposals is October 18, 2015.

For more information, please visit Request for Proposals.

2015-2016 Real Estate Scholarship Applications

The Center for Real Estate is proud to offer a number of scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students that range from $1000 - $4000. The Center awards ten to fifteen scholarships totalling approximately $35,000 on annual bases. The scholarship application process consists of an initial selection based on student's application and interview with the Program Manager of the Center, as well as follow up interview with a scholarship committee. Scholarships are announced in the fall semester and awarded during the spring semester of the same academic year, however exceptions can be made.

The application deadline for the 2015/2016 academic year is September 21, 2015.

To learn more and to dowload an application, please go to our Scholarship page.

2015 ULI Wells Fargo Fall Meeting Undergraduate Student Scholarship

The Urban Land Institute is an independent global nonprofit supported by members representing the entire spectrum of real estate development and land use disciplines. The ULI Fall Meeting is an excellent opportunity for students interested in real estate to listen to and meet leaders from every sector of the real estate industry. To support undergraduate student participation, ULI offers a number of scholarships which includes up to $600 in travel expenses. For more information please visit:

2015 Inaugural Real Estate Conference

Les Wexner at the inaugural Real Estate Conference

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.

Building Healthy Columbus

Bicyclists in ColumbusThe Center for Real Estate is proud to partner with ULI Columbus Young Leaders, Columbus Public Health and the Knowlton School of Architecture on the Building Healthy Columbus initiative. The project focuses on building greater awareness of the connection between design and health, and producing a set of recommendations for the city on how to improve health of its community. The Building Healthy Columbus initiative consisted of two workshops generously sponsored by a $6,900 grant from Create Columbus Commission. The first workshop took place in October 2014, and the second workshop took place in May 2015. The workshops were 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 Center in partnership with ULI Columbus will be producing a report summarizing the results.

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!


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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