Man's hand holding the cover of UF's Due Diligence magazine.

UF Bergstrom Center launches Due Diligence magazine

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Kelley A. Bergstrom Real Estate Center has launched Due Diligence, a print and digital magazine featuring Florida’s most relevant commercial real estate research.

Due Diligence is a product of the Bergstrom Center’s Applied Real Estate Research Initiative, a preeminent resource for the real estate industry. The Applied Real Estate Research Initiative, directed by William “Bill” Hughes, brings together the University of Florida’s immense research capabilities in real estate related fields like urban planning, law, building construction and other areas that position UF as the state and nation’s authoritative university-based source for actionable real estate information.

“We are gathering information developed by our UF colleagues and the overall real estate industry and transforming it to a format that is applicable to all industry participants,” Hughes said. “Readers will find modeled and data-driven results that can be applied to their current real estate decisions.”

Due Diligence is released tri-annually, and every edition will feature new, insightful research data and information for commercial real estate professionals, including multiple feature stories on timely industry topics, research from faculty at the UF Warrington College of Business, Florida real estate community survey results and new commercial real estate data that can help inform decision making.  

The first print edition of Due Diligence launched in the fall of 2021 and features insights on the future of the office market, how industrial performance can persist, a review of the construction sector over the course of the pandemic, Florida-specific insights on private sector real estate returns, consumer sentiment, REIT returns, and more.

As Principal and North Florida Managing Director at Avison Young, Nick Banks understands the importance of having good data to make decisions in his role.

“Due Diligence fills a void in the CRE industry by providing actionable research derived from the private sector in partnership with UF’s powerhouse data and research capabilities,” said Banks, who is chair of the UF Real Estate Advisory Board. “Bill Hughes and his team do an outstanding job of delivering timely information that allows readers to not only understand what is happening now, but to also peek around the corner to see what’s coming.”

The Applied Real Estate Research Initiative was made possible thanks to a combined commitment of $16 million from Kelley Bergstrom (MBA ’68) and the University of Florida. With this funding, the Bergstrom Center, through the Applied Real Estate Research Initiative, has dramatically expanded its ability to conduct practical research and share these insights through publications like Due Diligence. This vision aligns with the University’s original land-grant mission to bring the results of university research to the public.

Read the Fall 2021 edition of Due Diligence. Sign up to receive the latest Due Diligence insights by subscribing to the Bergstrom Center Newsletter.