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Successful cooperationIt is widely known that the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) conducts industry research, but did you know that another resource for independent, practical, and applied research is REALTOR® University’s Richard J. Rosenthal Center for Real Estate Studies? The Rosenthal Center for Real Estate Studies provides credible, high caliber, scholarly research that all members of the real estate community will find valuable, useful and relevant.

By conducting research on hot-button real estate issues, the Rosenthal Center for Real Estate Studies helps brokers and industry leaders access valuable data and insights developed by objective third-party academics. The credentials of these research institutions add an important dimension of intellectual rigor and academic honesty. Working in partnership with academics and other leading research institutions across the country, its research extends beyond theory and methodology to applied, every-day issues that practitioners can use in their business, and examines key issues and topics facing the broader real estate industry.

The Journal of the Center for Real Estate Studies
All research projects adhere to strict professional guidelines. Once complete, every study is vetted via a double-blind peer review prior to publication. The most essential findings and implications are distilled into briefs that appear in The Journal of the Center for Real Estate Studies, making it easier for practitioners to quickly extract relevant facts and insights. Published three times each year, the Journal presents Center-sponsored research, as well as articles written by and for practitioners on topics and issues of importance to today’s real estate industry. Copies of The Journal of the Center for Real Estate Studies can be downloaded free via the REALTOR® Store at

Past Research
Research projects sponsored by the Rosenthal Center cover a wide range of topics and issues. Recent issues examined include:

– Generational Homeownership Trends
– Residential Mobility and Housing Choice Among Echo Boomers and Baby Boomers
– Wind Farms and Housing Values

Current Research
Currently, the Rosenthal Center is partnering with other organizations on several projects, including:

– Changing Office Demand and Space Utilization in the United States and Canada
– International Commercial Real Estate Investment in the United States and Canada
– Real Estate and Education in Building Wealth among the Asian Immigrant Population

In addition, the Rosenthal Center is directly sponsoring several research projects, including:

– A Study of the Impacts of Extreme Storms on Property Values in Coastal Markets
– A Study of the Effects of Commercial Development on Residential Values
– The Development of a Dynamic Affordability Index

Benefits for Brokers
Findings from these studies are essential for framing meaningful, solutions-based discussions at the national, state, and local level. Many of the topics researched are of interest to brokers as they investigate real-world business issues that everyone is facing across the country.

Turn to the Richard J. Rosenthal Center for Real Estate Studies for the hard facts and powerful insights you need to inform your business decisions today and in the future.

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