Innovative Research in Real Estate and Urban Economics.  Our faculty provide research and expertise that guides decision-making and offers solutions for urban development, land use, real estate investment and capital market issues, and fosters innovative real estate theory, policy and practice. 

Applied Real Estate Projects

1) The Benefits of Purpose Built Communities (In Progress)

Purpose Built Communities offer a holistic approach to address issues of housing, health and education for low income neighborhoods.

• This work looks to examine a number of case studies of these communities throughout the U.S. in order to highlight expected benefits from this new approach to addressing issues of poverty.

2) Estimating the Value of Parks and Green Space (In Progress)

• This project will provide estimates of the value of urban parks and greenways in Mecklenburg County, NC using residential property values.

Recent Publications/Research

• Billings, Stephen B. Forthcoming "Hedonic Amenity Valuation and Housing Renovations." Real Estate Economics (2015).

• Heberlig, E., S. Leland, and D.C. Read. Forthcoming. Local politics, organized interests and land use policy: A research note analyzing the perceptions of urban planners working in city government. Urban Affairs Review.

• Chamberlee, J., C. Dehring and CA Depken II. Forthcoming. Water Contamination, Land Prices, and the Statute of Repose. Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.

• Leland, S., and D.C. Read. 2012. Stimulating real estate development through public-private partnerships: Assessing the perceived opportunities and challenges. Public Administration Quarterly, 36(3), 306-335.