Expert from College Real Estate Available to Discuss ‘Safe Haven’ Housing Investments

College Real Estate has College Real Estate Specialists in more than 20 U.S. markets; nationwide expansion under way.

Arlington, TX, December 11, 2007 --( These days, the U.S. housing market is about as jittery as a freshman on his first day of college. But one niche in residential real estate investment is among the coolest kids in school – property near college and university campuses.

Homes and apartments surrounding campuses from California to Connecticut are proving to be a “safe haven” for real estate investors, according to Stuart Frazier, co-founder and director of client relations at College Real Estate LLC.

On average, a student pays about $24,000 for housing while he or she is in college, Frazier says. College Real Estate was started on the premise of not wasting this money on rent, but investing it in property that can be a valuable long-term asset.

That asset is projected to become even more profitable in the near future.

According to Michael H. Zaransky, author of Profit by Investing in Student Housing (Kaplan Publishing, April 2006), student housing currently is one of the most robust segments in real estate investment. Why? The number of Americans who will reach college age (18) in the next decade is expected to hit 80 million. Meanwhile, many cash-strapped colleges and universities are running short of on-campus housing. This high-demand, low-supply formula produces enormous opportunities for real estate investors, according to Zaransky.

Enrollment in U.S. colleges and universities is predicted to climb from nearly 17.65 million in 2006 to nearly 18.75 million in 2010 to more than 19.87 million in 2015, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. From 2006 to 2015, that’s an enrollment increase of more than 12 percent.

“For parents of current and future college students, it makes perfect sense to buy housing near campuses as a convenience for their sons and daughters – and as part of a solid investment strategy,” Frazier says.

College Real Estate was established in 2004 to help link students and their parents with experienced professionals in real estate markets near U.S. college and university campuses. The College Real Estate network is a resource for expertise and information related to student housing. Currently, College Real Estate has College Real Estate Specialists in more than 20 U.S. markets, including Boston; Dallas-Fort Worth; Houston; Austin; Bowling Green, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Gainesville, Fla.; and Chapel Hill, N.C. Expansion into 16 additional U.S. markets is under way.

As you continue to cover the roller-coaster housing market, please keep in mind Stuart Frazier, co-founder of College Real Estate. To interview this residential real estate expert, contact John Egan of UpWord Communications at 512-799-1022 or For more information about College Real Estate, visit

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