The Center for Real Estate    

Apartment buildingsAlong with being a top-ranked school, The University of California, Irvine is a nationally recognized research institution.  Situated within the University’s prestigious and well-respected Paul Merage School of Business, the Center for Real Estate has established research as one of its three core missions along with education and outreach.  

Center Director Kerry Vandell, a tenured, full-time member of the faculty at the Merage School of Business, spearheads the Center’s varied research interests.  He maintains an active research program involving a core group of full-time faculty members from the Merage School of Business and from the wider UC Irvine academic community.  Faculty members representing a wide range of disciplines including Economics, Law, Urban and Regional Planning, Civil and Transportation Engineering, Gerontology, Marketing, Finance and Public Policy work on projects that relate to the Center’s core research interests.  Since its founding, the Center has contributed to numerous research projects at UC Irvine relating to housing and urban development.    

The Center regularly brings together Academic Fellows, real estate industry professionals and policymakers in working group sessions to brainstorm about issues of interest and concern as they relate to the urban environment in Orange County and elsewhere.  These working groups have formulated a comprehensive list of research programs to address issues such as:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Senior Housing
  • Mortgage Credit Availability and Cost
  • Mortgage Credit Risk
  • Innovative Investment Capital Structures
  • Impact of Large-Scale Master-Planned Developments
  • Transit-Friendly Development
  • Meeting Today’s Infrastructure Needs
  • Successful Mixed-Use Development Strategies
  • Commercial Property Location Decision Making
  • The Economic Base and Its Impact on Urban Development Patterns
  • The Economics of Architectural and Urban Design
  • Neighborhood Dynamics and Filtering
  • Optimal Capital Structuring of Real Estate Projects

Victoria Basolo“The Center for Real Estate delivers knowledge that informs housing and development research, policy and practice on a wide scale.  It is a valuable resource for housing researchers like myself and adds value to the education of our planning and policy-oriented graduate students focusing on development issues.”

- Victoria Basolo, PhD, AICP / Associate Professor, Planning, Policy and Design / Academic Fellow, Center for Real Estate