TCU Neeley School launches Center for Real Estate
TCU Center for Real Estate
Zillow recently named Dallas-Fort Worth as one of the Top 10 hottest housing markets for 2018, which bodes well for the new Center for Real Estate at the TCU Neeley School of Business.
With DFW’s standing in the real estate market, TCU said in a news release that the Metroplex is the perfect place for a center to provide research, training and partnerships for both the students and industry professionals that have been asking for such a program.
The new Center for Real Estate falls under the umbrella of the TCU Neeley School of Business. Having already received more than $2 million in financial commitments, the center will be housed in new TCU facilities that are expected to be complete by January 2020.
“TCU’s Center for Real Estate will serve both professionals and students,” O. Homer Erekson, the John V. Roach Dean of the TCU Neeley School of Business, said in the release.
“Real estate professionals will be able to access research, data and reports specifically for the DFW Metroplex, as well as enhance their careers with executive education,” Erekson said. “For students, the center will support them to attend conferences, participate in case competitions and consulting projects, and network with industry leaders for internships and career placement.”
For aspiring real estate professionals, the center will provide networking and experiential learning opportunities.
The TCU Neeley School currently offers an undergraduate major in finance with a real estate emphasis and plans to offer a real estate major in the near future, the release said.
Leslie Purvis is associate director of the new center. Purvis has more than 38 years of real estate experience as partner in Purvis Real Estate Training Institute and has been an adjunct professor at TCU Neeley since 2007.
In addition to research and networking opportunities, the center will also host events such as the Bryan and Susan Koop Real Estate Speaker Series, which will feature nationally prominent real estate leaders.
Mauricio Rodriguez is a professor of finance and real estate, in addition to chairing TCU’s Department of Finance and serving as executive director of the American Real Estate Foundation. Rodriguez will provide academic support as the center works to recruit its leadership team.
“With this new initiative for TCU Neeley and the real estate industry, we will provide exceptional opportunities for students interested in real estate careers and partner with DFW real estate professionals in what is likely the best laboratory to study real estate in the country,” Rodriguez said.