One of the initiatives I am working on with colleagues at UMKC and other community collaborators is a new stream of research into revitalization of inner city neighborhoods. As a starting point I have been developing a set of interactive maps that allow visitors to explore what's happening in selected neighborhoods and other geographic areas of interest in Kansas City MO. These visualizations were created using Tableau and Open Data KC.
The KC 311 Call Dashboard allows users to track 311 calls (i.e., citizen-based queries) regarding a range of public and private property issues with over 310,880 issued through July 2016.
I am also working on some tutorials related to searching public information to help users learn how to research individual properties and neighborhoods. I will post them as available so please check back. Contact Me if you have any suggestions or questions.
Features, Publications, & Presentations
Market Watch: Updated WSJ.com Economist Survey for selected economic indicators. Includes link to additional data and download option.
Thinking about buying a house vs. renting? Check out my April 8, 2016 presentation to UMKC Bloch Students on "Real Estate: Rent vs. Buy Optimization" for some suggestions on how to approach the housing market and do your own research.
See me on Facebook. For a more personal side and current updates, click on:
Nature of Site. I established this website to extend my teaching disseminate selected research, help advance the real estate discipline, and provide service to the broader community of learners and doers. It also serves as a conduit that I am using to try to help bridge the gap between the academic community in which I currently reside and the professional community in which I have served in the past.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kansas City: Revitalization
Check out some new dashboards I'm working on including a Land Bank dashboard and a KC 311 Call dashboard I created using Tableau and KC Open Data. These are in R&D with more to come on information sources that can help in our efforts to revitalize the Kansas City urban market. The maps are interactive and include a number of filters that can help you select areas for research or evaluate for potential locational decisions.