Orange County’s unique tradition of large-scale, master-planned urban development projects have characterized our region for almost half a century. Today, the challenges presented by advances in technology, environmental change, capital and infrastructure needs, housing affordability, diversity and globalization only serve to make the case stronger. 

The Center for Real Estate at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business continues to make positive contributions in its missions of education, academic research and meaningful industry outreach to the academic and professional business communities. Professional and student educational programs serve as an important cornerstone of the center’s growth and vitality. Our faculty, students and affiliated professionals share a common interest in furthering understanding of the ways in which we can harness knowledge to create a sustainable urban future. Concerned with the success of the enterprise, the industry, and the “deal,” we consider it imperative to succeed and grow in a manner that is sustainable and in the context of longer-run and broader societal objectives as well as short-term profitability goals. We recognize that technology and innovation are important drivers of change and must be central elements in real estate decision-making. 

The Center is also an integral and indispensable component of the program in Real Estate and Urban Development at UCI. 

Faculty Director

Ed CoulsonEd Coulson

Prominent Professor of Economics N. Edward Coulson joins the faculty of the UCI Paul Merage School of Business in the area of Economics and Public Policy and will assume a leadership position in the school’s Center for Real Estate as Director of Research. In this capacity, Coulson will advance the real estate program’s agenda of excellence in teaching, research and professional outreach. The appointment is effective June 30, 2016 and he will officially begin teaching in early 2017.

“We are extremely pleased that Ed has chosen to join us at the Merage School and take a leadership role in our Center for Real Estate,” said Kerry Vandell, Dean’s Professor of Economics and Public Policy and director of the Center for Real Estate. “He is not only an outstanding teacher and significant contributor to the body of knowledge in real estate research, he is a sought-after speaker before both professional and academic audiences who relates well to all our Center’s constituencies.”

Coulson previously served as professor of Economics and director of the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to UNLV, he served as professor of Economics and King Faculty Fellow in Real Estate at The Pennsylvania State University where he had been a member of the faculty since 1984 and had received numerous outstanding teaching awards.

Coulson has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia and New York, the University of Auckland, and elsewhere, and is published widely in real estate, urban economics, housing economics and related fields. Most recently, he made research contributions in the areas of the impact of sports franchises on economic development, the hybrid investment characteristics of REITs, and the development of a repeat-rent index that corrects previous biases in the estimation of investment returns.

In addition to his research, Coulson served as co-editor of Real Estate Economics, the journal of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, from 2006 through 2014. In January 2015, he became co-editor of Journal of Regional Science. Recently, Coulson was elected by the membership of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA) to serve as the organization’s president for 2016. Coulson received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of California, Riverside, and a PhD from UC San Diego, where he studied under the direction of Nobel Laureate Robert Engle.

Advisory Board

We gratefully recognize the following individuals and companies that have donated generous gifts of $25,000 or more in support of the Merage Schools’ real estate program.

Partner in Innovation

  • The Draper Family Foundation


  • The Hagestad Family Foundation*


  • Dartbrook Partners
  • CT Realty/Robert M. Campbell Family *
  • Commercial Capital Bancorp
  • Walter Frome
  • LBA Realty*


  • The Bascom Group*
  • McLarand Vasquez Emsiek
  • Parker Properties
  • Steadfast Properties*
  • SunCal Companies


  • William R. Halford*
  • Cameo Homes
  • KB Homes*
  • KPMG*
  • Lennar Homes
  • Bill and Romy McFarland
  • Ray Watson 


  • Allen Matkins*
  • AMG Realty Investors*
  • Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.*
  • Bobby Hatfield & Luis Yeager of First American Title*
  • Goodman Birtcher*
  • Bruce Fischer, Greenberg Traurig
  • Buchanan Street Partners*
  • Camden Property Trust
  • CB Richard Ellis*
  • City National Bank*
  • Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP*
  • CWSWG, Inc.*
  • Davis Partners*
  • Deloitte
  • DMB Pacific Ventures*
  • Donahue Schriber Realty Group*
  • Doug Holte
  • Doug Meece*
  • Ernst & Young*
  • Fidelity National Title*
  • First American Title
  • Garrett DeFrenza Stiepel Ryder*
  • Gary Swon*
  • Green Street Advisors*
  • Emile and Dina Haddad*
  • The Hill Company
  • Haskell & White*
  • Idea Hall
  • Irvine Company Office Properties*
  • J.F. Shea Co
  • John Waldeck*
  • Jeff Kearns, Walker Dunlop*
  • LNR Property Corporation
  • Lee & Associates-Justin Smith*
  • Matthew Mousavi*
  • Mark IV Capital*
  • Meritage Homes
  • MIG Capital*
  • Moss Adams*
  • NAIOP SoCal*
  • National Property Valuation Advisors*
  • Newport Investment Associates*
  • ORION Property Partners*
  • The O’Donnell Group
  • Pacifica Hotels
  • Pacific Life*
  • Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker*
  • Peter K. and Valerie J. Kompaniez*
  • Pharris Properties
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman*
  • R-Squared Advisors
  • Rancho Mission Viejo
  • The Related Companies of CA
  • Rick Hausman Jr.*
  • Ryan Gallagher of HFF*
  • Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc.*
  • Sean Rawson
  • Peter Shea
  • Regis Stack Partners*
  • Snyder-Langston
  • Squar Milner, CPA's
  • Starpointe Ventures*
  • Studley*
  • Talonvest Capital*
  • Trammell Crow Company*
  • Twin Rock Partners*
  • US Bancorp*
  • Ware Malcomb
  • Wells Fargo Private Bank*
  • Westcap Corp.*
  • Westport Properties*


*Current and sustaining members

The increasing involvement from Orange County’s real estate community continues to grow. Together, we are building a platform for the industry leaders and give back to future generations.

- Matthew Mousavi, Directory, Investment Advisory Group, SRS Real Estate Partners

CREW Networking Event

2.20.18 · 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Executive Commons

UCI REA Roundtable

2.22.18 · 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Pacific Club

CRE Breakfast Series

3.21.18 · 7:00 am - 9:00 am
The Pacific Club

CRE 2018 Spring Board Meeting

4.19.18 · 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm

CRE 2018 Real Estate Awards

11.29.18 · 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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