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When Peter (FIN ’92/MBA ’97) and Jennifer Collins (COMM ’93/J.D. ’97) made their most recent of several gifts to Florida State University, they wanted it to make a real difference and have a direct impact.

My research interests lie at the intersection of real estate and urban economics: how demand for space in cities affects the price of real estate and how rising real estate prices affect the evolution of cities.

The relationship between a real estate owner, the lender and the underlying property valuation creates frictions that impact a substantial component of both personal and institutional wealth, as we witnessed in the last financial crisis.

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About The Center

The FSU Real Estate Center is established to enhance the teaching, research, and service mission of the Real Estate Program at Florida State University.

  • The Center facilitates student learning experiences beyond the traditional classroom.
  • The Center secures resources to attract, support, and retain world-class faculty.
  • The Center strengthens the program’s relationships with its professional and academic constituencies.

Consistently ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report, BusinessWeek, and by other media and research publications, the real estate program at Florida State University includes majors or specializations in real estate at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Over 1,200 students enroll in real estate program courses each year.

The Center's operations are supported by its external programs, research activities, and by the generous assistance received from its Executive Board, alumni, friends, and event sponsors. The Center maintains a policy of political non-advocacy.