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David Downs

Alfred L. Blake Chair in Real Estate

Area: Kornblau Real Estate Program

Area: Finance, Insurance and Real Estate

  • Snead Hall
  • 301 W. Main Street
  • Box 844000
  • Richmond, VA, 23284-4000
  • Office: B4173


  • Real Estate Investment
  • Institutional Real Estate
  • CRE Investment Vehicles


  • Dr. Downs teaches Real Estate Investment Analysis to undergraduate and graduate students. He also teaches Principles of Real Estate.
  • His research interests include real estate finance and investment, issues relevant to institutional real estate investors and the implications of real estate regulation. Dr. Downs' articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals, including Real Estate Economics, the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, the Journal of Real Estate Research, and The Journal of Portfolio Management. He has received research grants from the Real Estate Research Institute and currently serves on the editorial boards of Real Estate Economics, and the Journal of Real Estate Research.

David H. Downs holds the Alfred L. Blake Endowed Chair and is a Professor in the Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Downs joined VCU in 2003 and became the Director of The Kornblau Institute (TKI) in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics at the Homer Hoyt Advanced Studies Institute.