Real Estate Expert Joins SMU, Crow Holdings to Provide Industry Research to the Region

Mark Roberts is taking his expertise in the real estate space to two local organizations.

A fellow at the Real Estate Research Institute, Roberts has been jointly hired by Dallas real estate investment and development firm Crow Holdings and the SMU Cox School of Business’ Robert and Margaret Folsom Institute for Real Estate as a director of research.

“It is a rare opportunity to be able to be a part of two incredible organizations at once,” Roberts said in a statement. “I look forward to adding my voice to the conversations going on in both classrooms and boardrooms during this exciting time for real estate investment and development.”

‘Informed’ insight

With experience in real estate research, finance, and architecture, Roberts will conduct market research, develop insights, and provide commentary for investors on topics in the real estate industry. He will then take that into the classroom at SMU, teaching undergraduate and graduate students about market analysis and strategy.

In addition to his new roles, Roberts is also a regular contributor to the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries and a registered architect. He most recently served as the executive director of the Real Estate Center at UT Austin’s McCombs School of Business and has held previous research and strategy leadership positions at places like DWS Group and Invesco Real Estate.

Both SMU and Crow Holdings said the hire would bring “unique” and “informed” insight to their organizations.

“The built environment is rapidly evolving, and his ability to analyze data, contribute to strategy, and comment on the overall real estate investment landscape is a great benefit to us, our investors, and our partners,” said Michael Levy, Crow Holdings CEO, in a statement.

Crow has raised its largest fund to-date

The announcement comes as the more than 70-year-old Crow Holdings, which says it has $24 billion in assets under its management, has been making recent moves. Last month, the firm unveiled a “major initiative” to develop a $1.5 billion portfolio of more than 10,000 multifamily units aimed at middle-class families across the U.S. through its multifamily development company Trammell Crow Residential’s Allora apartment brand. Last fall, the firm announced it raised $2.3 billion for its ninth and largest fund to-date focused on industrial, apartment, and other real estate deals largely in the Sun Belt and Mountain regions of the U.S.

Adding to the real estate expertise

The Robert and Margaret Folsom Institute for Real Estate was formed in 1984. The institute’s executive committee includes leaders from firms like CBRE, JLL Capital Markets, Lincoln Property Company, and Invesco Real Estate.

“Mark is a tremendous addition to our Institute, and we are fortunate to bring on someone with such a unique background, informed perspective, and ability to educate and provide thought leadership for the real estate industry,” said Joseph Cahoon, director of the institute, in a statement.



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