Real Estate Investing and Neighborhoods in the American South

Awarded Scholars:
Warren Lowell, Duke University
Project Date:
Jul 2022
Award Amount:

Real estate investing plays an increasingly important role in determining where affordable and quality housing exists, and who has access to it. Recently, real estate investments have been especially prominent in majority Black neighborhoods in Southern cities. Yet, little is known about how and from whom investors acquire these properties and what they do with properties once they own them. Public policy expert and sociologist Warren Lowell will examine the strategies real estate investors use to identify, buy, and sell residential real estate and how investments influence housing affordability. He will conduct interviews, participant observation, and analyze real estate tax records for his study.


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