James Young

James Young

Director, Washington Center for Real Estate Research (WCRER)

James Young is the Director of the WCRER at the University of Washington. James has over 25 years of experience in analyzing property markets worldwide both as a consultant and as an academic with a particular emphasis on market analysis, urban economics, and housing. He has published in leading academic journals including Real Estate Economics, Urban Studies, Housing Studies, Journal of Housing Economics, and the Journal of Real Estate Research.

Most recently, James has held academic positions at the University of Auckland in New Zealand where he was a tenured Senior Lecturer (equivalent to Associate Professor) and at Cass Business School, City University London where he was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow. Originally from Arkansas, James has also established real estate databases and provided policy analysis to government agencies and professional groups worldwide. He has held board positions with the European Real Estate Society, International Real Estate Society, and Pacific Rim Real Estate Society. James is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), while his consulting activity has spanned several areas including affordable housing, corporate real estate, and real estate development.


PhD Applied Economics, University of South Australia, ABD
MBA, Michigan State University, 1989
BA (Hons) Psychology (Social), University of Arkansas, 1986
Member, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Current Teaching

  • Real Estate Market Analysis (Undergraduate)


Journal Papers

“An Asymmetric Panel Error-Correction Model of the Australian Office Market”, (with Alexandra Krystalogianni, Fotis Mouzakis & Simon Stevenson), Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management, forthcoming.

“Unintended Consequences: The Use of Property Tax Valuations as Guide Prices in Wellington, New Zealand”, (with Deborah Levy & Zhi Dong), Housing Studies, 2016, 31:5, 578-597.

“Synchonisation in Metropolitan Housing Market Cycles: An Empirical Investigation of Australia”, (with Alexey Akimov & Simon Stevenson), Urban Studies, 2015, 52:9, 1665-1682.

“The Role of Undisclosed Reserves in English Open Outcry Auctions”, (with Simon Stevenson), Real Estate Economics, 2015, 43:2, 375–402.

“The Probability of Sale and Price Premiums in Withdrawn Auctioned Properties”, (with Simon Stevenson), Urban Studies, 2015, 52:2, 279-297.

“A Multiple Error-Correction Model of Housing Supply”, (with Simon Stevenson), Housing Studies, 2014, 29:3, 362-379.

“Earnings Management: A Case of New Zealand Listed Property Trusts”, (with Xuemai, Liao & Zhi Dong), Pacific Rim Property Research Journal, 2011, 17:1, 92-109.

“A Comparison of the Appraisal Process for Auction and Private Treaty Residential Sales”, (with Simon Stevenson & Constantin Gurdgiev), Journal of Housing Economics, 2010, 19:2, 157-166.

“Forecasting Residential Rents: The case of Auckland, New Zealand”, (with Christopher Farhi), Pacific Rim Property Research Journal, 2010, 16:2, 207-220.

“Forecasting Housing Supply: Empirical Evidence from the Irish Market”, (with Simon Stevenson), European Journal of Housing Policy, 2007, 7:1, 1-17.

“Precious y Comportamientos Especulativos en Mercados Inmobiliarios” (Speculative Behavior in Housing Markets: An International Perspective), (with Simon Stevenson), Papeles de Economia Espanola (Spanish Economic Papers), 2006, 109, 14-26.

“Valuation Accuracy: A Comparison of Residential Guide Prices & Auction Results”, (with Simon Stevenson), Property Management, 2004, 22:1, 45-54.

“Estimation of Apartment Submarkets”, (with James Berry, Stanley McGreal, Simon Stevenson & James Webb), Journal of Real Estate Research, 2003, 25:2, 159-170.

“Government Intervention and its Impact on the Housing Market in Greater Dublin”. (with James Berry, Stanley McGreal & Simon Stevenson), Housing Studies, 2001, 16:6, 755-769.

Book Chapters and Other Publications

An Analysis of Planning Policies and Housing Supply Dynamics in Dublin. An introductory address for the report, Unaffordable Housing: Fables and Myths, Policy Exchange, London. (June 2005).

The Changing Housing Market, (with Alistair Adair & Stanley McGreal), in Paris, C. (ed.), “Housing in Northern Ireland and Comparisons with the Republic of Ireland”, 2001.

A Cross Paired Cities Estimation Model: London and Dublin Office Markets, (with Sotiris Tsolacos, Eamonn D’Arcy), in the published proceedings of the RICS Cutting Edge 1997 Property Research Conference, RICS: London, 1997, ISBN: 0-85406-946-1.Selected Current Research Projects

“House Price Dynamics and Bank Herding: European Empirical Evidence”, with Antonio Miguel Martins (Universidade de Madeira), Ana Paula Serra (Universidade do Porto) and Vitorino Martins (Universidade do Porto).