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Ling, David C.

Ken and Linda McGurn Professor
Full Professor
Director, Master of Science - Real Estate

Business Phone:
(352) 273-0313

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David Ling is the McGurn Professor of Real Estate and the Director of the Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) program in the Department of Finance at the University of Florida, where he teaches courses in commercial real estate finance and investment at the graduate level. His academic publications have included articles on real estate investment trusts, private commercial real estate investments, performance evaluation, housing policy and economics, and commercial and residential mortgage markets and pricing. Professor Ling’s research has been published in general interest finance journals (Journal of Financial Economics), leading field journals in finance and economics (e.g., Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of Banking and Finance, National Tax Journal), as well as the leading real estate focused journals (e.g., Real Estate Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics).

Professor Ling served as the President of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association in 2000 and was co-editor of the Associations’ journal, Real Estate Economics, from 2000-2006. He has also edited special issues for Real Estate Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, and the Global Finance Journal. His textbook (co-authored with Wayne Archer) titled Real Estate Principles: A Value Approach (5th ed.) is the most widely used principles of real estate textbook at universities that offer at least a four-year undergraduate degree.

Professor Ling is both a Fellow and faculty member, as well as the ex-Dean (2007- 2016), of the Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate, a non-profit research and educational institute. Ling is also currently a Fellow and advisory board member of the Real Estate Research Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), and an appointed member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trust’s Research Council. He recently completed a three-year (part-time) Fellowship in The Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge and has also served as a visiting professor at the University of Reading and the National University of Singapore.

Professor Ling holds an MBA in finance and Ph.D. in real estate and economics from the Ohio State University.


  • PhD - The Ohio State University, 1984
  • MBA - The Ohio State University, 1977
  • BSBA - Central Michigan University, 1976

Research Interests

  • Real Estate Finance
  • Investment and Taxation
  • Housing Economics and Policy

Courses Taught

Book Publications

  • Real Estate Perspectives: An Introduction to Real Estate, 4th edition
    Published Year: 2001
    Authors: Jack Corgel, Hal Smith, David Ling

Book Chapter Publications

  • Commercial Real Estate Return Performance: A Cross-Country Analysis
    Published Year: 2002
    Authors: David Ling, Andy Naranjo
  • Prepayment Risk and Lower Income Mortgage Borrowers
    Published Year: 2002
    Authors: W. Archer, G. McGill, Nicolas Retsinas, Eric Belsky, David Ling
  • Effects on Real Estate
    Published Year: 1987
    Authors: J. Follain, P. Hendershott, J. Pechman, David Ling
  • Likely Impacts of the Administration's Tax Proposals and H.R. 3838
    Published Year: 1986
    Authors: P. Hendershott, J. Follain, David Ling
  • The Likely Impact of the Treasury Tax Reform Plan on Housing
    Published Year: 1985
    Authors: P. Hendershott, David Ling

Conference Proceeding Publications

  • Tax Reform and Housing
    Published Year: 1985
    Authors: P. Hendershott, David Ling

Journal Article Publications

Textbook Publications

  • Real Estate Principles: A Value Perspective
    Published Year: 2017
    Authors: David Ling, Wayne Archer
  • Real Estate Principles: A Value Perspective
    Published Year: 2012
    Authors: Wayne Archer, David Ling
  • Real Estate Principles: A Value Perspective 3rd Edition
    Published Year: 2010
    Authors: Wayne Archer, David Ling

Contact Details

Business Address:
University of Florida
Warrington College of Business
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate Department
Stuzin Hall 301C

Business Phone:
(352) 273-0313

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