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October 20, 2017

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Welcome (Updated October 19, 2017)

I am the Director of Academic Real Estate Programs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) with our flagship Master of Science in Real Estate (MSERE), as well as our MBA and BBA Emphases in Real Estate. I am also an associate professor of real estate based in the Department of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management.

I established this website to extend my teaching, disseminate selected research, help advance the real estate discipline, and provide a service to the broader community of learners and doers. I will be adding new resources each week so please check back. Contact Me if you have any questions or suggestions regarding added features.

Space Matters: Commentary

Over the past year or so I have been working on several spatial and spatial-temporal projects to explore a range of real estate-related projects. The common thread is that space matters; that real estate has dual space-time, money-time dimensions that should be considered in decision-making. To expand our impact, we are making some of the spatial data visualizations available to the public. It is our hope that this will help raise your expectations and demand that spatial elements be infused your real estate decision-making and business practices. To have a more immediate impact, we are integrating more spatial analytics in our classes to help prepare our students for the future. Drawing on one of my articles, this is particularly important since "The Future is Now!"

Spatial Resource of the Week

The OPENDATA KC and the broader OpenGov movements have created a wealth of resources that can be accessed to enhanced data analtyics and research-driving decision making. Despite these advances, many professionals and organizations are not aware of the data are are available for free, as well as the technological advances that have been made to allow users without GIS skills to query and view data in a spatial context. To help address this void, I will be highlighting an individual source each week. Click on the LINKED Titles below to explore the maps and underlying data.


New The Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool<-- Click to open

This is a great resource for assessing environmental quality of small geographic areas around a site. Sites can be accessed by address, or by clicking on an interactive map. Once a site is selected, click on Generate Report to get the facts. It might initially center on Washington DC but enter a city and it will pan to your desired location. For more information on how to use this site, click on EJSCREEN Help.

NewKansas City MO Traffic Counts <-- Click to open

This is a visualization I created using the OPENDATA KC portal and Tableau. It has:

  • Several tabs at the top to select pages for vehicle and pedestrian counts, as well as base maps,
  • An iinteractive Dashboard Traffic Int Base Map which shows the traffic counts by intersection by direction,
  • A scroll bar to show the data by intersection by direction, and
  • A filter you can use to select Northbound/Southbound Streets and the map and tables will reflect the results.


Community-focused Data Visualizations

In some of my community-outreach efforts, my colleagues and I are working on several data-driven projects. If interested, Click on the links for interactive dashboards that are embedded in this site.

These will be periodically updated so check back. Want more, Contact Me and I'll see what I can do. To learn how to do these visualizations: enroll in our Master of Science in Entrepreneurial Real Estate (MSERE) program at UMKC; take courses as a visiting graduate student; or, join the Code for KC Brigade at it's weekly meetings and connect with community-minded coders and advocates.

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Holistic Real Estate

Curious about me? Take a look JRD Pictureat the copy "Industry and Academia: The Combination for a Winning Team, A Discussion with James R. DeLisle," Retail Property Insights. This was the final installment in a series I wrote for ICSC.


The objective of my Interactive Real Estate Self-Assessment modules are to provide some materials that can help emerging (i.e., students) and industry professionals assess or expand their understanding of some of the key concepts that comprise the body of knowledge for the real estate discipline. I will be classifying and adding more terms over time so check back.

Site Guide

See my Site Guide to help you navigate my site. I am the web designer and webmaster so bear with me as I make additions and adjustments as the site evolves to serve students and professionals interested in real estate and helping advance the state of the indusry. Please Contact Me if you have any suggestions or questions.


Current Indicators (FRED)

The charts below provide access to the latest data published by FRED for selected series. To view and edit charts and download data, right-click and open a new tab to stay on my home page or use your back arrow. This is a gateway to additional data so click in series of interest to go to customized view.



Retail Real Estate

I was the editor of the JSCR between 2003 and 2007 and compiled electronic copies of some 130 articles. Click here to access the entire history of JSCR Archives. To review the first 12 years of the JSCR, read "The Evolution of Shopping Center Research: A 12-year Retrospective."


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Over the years I have compiled a number of "Lessons Learned" interviews with leading research-oriented retail leaders. These interviews contain some timeless insights into what it takes to succeed over the long term in this increasingly complex and interdisciplinary real estate arena. Check them out at my Lessons Learned link in PDF format.



Interested in affordable housing costs? See the results of an empirical study I co-authored that provides detailed cost breakdowns among various types of projects. Get the full report from the Affordable Housing link in PDF format.

This site is dedicated to my wife Bennie and to "my three sons" Jad, Jonathan and Robert who each, in their own way, contributed to it. I'd also like to recognize my parents Irene and Larry who guided me and always taught me to try to "do the right thing." I'd like to thank the late Dr. James A. Graaskamp who mentored me and Rebecca J. Griego who inspired me and helped us carry on our mission.


Holistic Real Estate

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Q111: Real Estate Outlook 2010. What is your outlook for the economy and the commercial real estate market for 2010?

Q112: Market Timing. When will the economy and real estate markets bottom out? How will we know? What should we look for?

Q113: Cap Rates. What is your outlook for cap rates? How will they play out over the next several years and where will we be when things settle down? More Q&A....