Texas Real Estate Center

In November 1999, the Department of Finance at The University of Texas at Austin created the Real Estate Center, the first program of its type at a major university.

The Center takes advantage of exceptional faculty to cultivate cutting-edge research and curricula on finance-related real estate issues, such as the valuation of mortgage-backed securities, the financial structure of real estate investment trusts, the agency issues associated with real estate financing agreements, and the efficiency of real estate investment markets.


Members of the Council of the Texas Real Estate Center are leading practitioners in the Texas and U.S. real estate communities. They serve as advisers and financial supporters of one of the most talked-about real estate programs in the country. Council members are seasoned real estate professionals who specialize in a number of areas including finance, development, asset management, acquisitions, and investments.

Members of the council assist the Center Leadership and faculty by advising on program strategy and curriculum design, speaking to classes, providing career advice to students in the program, identifying employment opportunities for students, and supplying real estate investments for case study opportunities. 

Center Highlights

Real Estate Council Conferences

The Real Estate Council members are leading practitioners in Texas and all over the U.S. They serve as advisers and financial supporters of the Center. The Council’s private conferences provide an opportunity to share real estate insight and best practices.

National Real Estate Challenge

During the National Real Estate Challenge, graduate student teams from 16 top business schools compete for highest honors and $25,000 in cash awards in a national real estate case competition. 

Real Estate Investment Fund

Started in 2007, The McCombs Real Estate Investment Fund is a student-managed investment fund that establishes McCombs as the nation’s pre-eminent real estate educational institution. Select MBA students serve as portfolio managers with undergraduates as analysts handling the day-to-day operations of the fund. Faculty members and an Advisory Board act as mentors and guide students in their investment underwriting and analysis; an outside Investment Committee continually oversees the fund performance. This multi-million dollar public-private real estate investment fund affords McCombs the distinction of being the only business school in the country where students have the opportunity to manage a fund with both public and private real estate investments as part of their coursework.

Career Mentoring for Students

The Center matches business professionals to students interested in their field. It creates a relationship that promotes the education of students and increases networking.

Student Organization Support

Graduate Real Estate Society
Undergraduate Real Estate Society

To learn more about Texas Real Estate Center, please visit the Center's homepage.