2017-2018 Research Grant Applications

The Ohio State Center for Real Estate is pleased to announce the availability of research stipends for The Ohio State University graduate students and faculty for the 2017-2018 academic year. The awards are given for the purpose of facilitating high-quality research on topics related to real estate finance and economics, urban and regional economics, public policy, urban planning, housing affordability and real estate law.  Other topics in the space of real estate will also be considered.

Standard awards will typically be in the range of $2000-$5000. Those interested in receiving a stipend should submit a brief research proposal to the Center by October 2, 2017. For more information, please see the 2017-2018 Request for Proposals.



    The Center for Real Estate partners with the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Knowlton School of Architecture to hold annual PhD Conference on Real Estate and Housing. The purpose of the conference is to provide a platform for doctoral students from various disciplines to showcase and develop their real estate and housing-related research through high quality discussant and audience feedback.

    For more information, please visit the conference site.


    We are pleased to announce the award of the second round of research grants to Ohio State graduate students and faculty who are exploring real estate related topics in their research. The funded projects will be producing an academic or a white paper, as well as a short summary of their results.The Center recieved 10 applications and has selected the following five proposals for funding:

    • Dr. Zhenhua Chen, Department of City and Regional Planning, “Is Online Housing Data Reliable for Hedonic Pricing Analysis: An Observation from the Housing Market in Columbus, OH”
    • Andrew Doup, Moritz College of Law, “Private Equity Real Estate: Navigating the Securities Laws to Recession-Proof Real Estate Development”
    • Dr. Bernadette Hanlon, Dr. Zhenhua Chen, Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, Department of City and Regional Planning, “An Uneven Bounce Back: Why Only Some Neighborhoods Experienced Housing Market Recovery in Cuyahoga County, Ohio”
    • Dr. Jason W. Reece, Department of City and Regional Planning, “Housing & Health: Understanding the Role of Housing in Supporting Healthy Birth Outcomes for High Risk Mothers”
    • Dr. Gulsah Akar and Dr. Jee Young Lee, Department of City and Regional Planning, “Affordable Housing and Environmental Risk in Ohio”


    Effectiveness of financial education: Two approaches

    Two research reports, written by Professor Ben-David of The Ohio State University and his co-authors, examine two different approaches to financial education to assess whether such education can have positive impact on borrowers’ behavior and if so, what form of education would be more effective in steering borrowers away from risky mortgage products. This short research translation summarizes the main findings of each project to conclude that long-term counseling that strengthened budgeting and credit management skills of prospective borrowers, showed to have significant and long-lasting impact on the financial health of the counseled family as compared to mandatory short term counseling sessions.

    For more detailed information, please read the research translation.


    Each year, the Ohio State Center for Real Estate partners with the Columbus chapter of ULI on creating a comprehensive forecast report for Central Ohio. The report takes a pulse of the region's real estate market, including capital markets, various sectors, and area submarkets. This survey complements the national Urban Land Institute's Emerging Trends in Real Estate, adding an in-depth local perspective to the national survey's insights on the U.S. economy and real estate markets.

    CRE - 2016 Trends report 2016 Real Estate Trends in Central Ohio
    2015 Real Estate Trends in Central Ohio
    2014 Real Estate Trends in Central Ohio