UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate

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Ziman News

The Mortgage Default Risk Index (MDRI)

The Ziman Center is pleased to announce the quarterly release of the Mortgage Default Risk Index (MDRI), a unique search query-based index of mortgage default risk in key U.S. housing markets. Using extensive real-time and broad-based data from Google, the MDRI compiles information from Internet search query for terms such as "foreclosure help" and "government mortgage assistance" to formulate the index.   

For more information and the Q2 2017 release, see Mortgage Default Risk Index.


News & Events

UCLA Ziman AREA & UCLA REAG Golf Event // Scholl Canyon Golf & Tennis Club

August 12, 2017

Los Angeles Times: "UCLA Grabs the Top Spot Among 225 Universities in Business Creation"

July 7, 2017

UCLA Economic Letter - Zoning Boost: Creative Land Assembly Could Increase Affordable Housing

July 2017

Call for UCLA Faculty & Ph.D. Candidate Research Proposals // UCLA Ziman Center AY2017/2018 Research Grants

Submission Deadline: August 15, 2017

Call for Papers // RSUE Special Issue on Housing Affordability

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2017


The shortage of affordable housing in California has reached crisis levels. Many renters and owners throughout the state cannot afford the cost of adequate and safe housing. This crisis is especially acute in Los Angeles which continues to rank in the top tier of America's poorest major cities. Working class and middle income households remain at risk, forcing them to prioritize housing over healthcare, food and transportation.

On April 24th, the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate and Mercy Housing California cohosted the Moving Forward: Building Housing for L.A.'s Working Class and Middle Income Residents Symposium at UCLA Anderson. Our keynote speaker, Ben Metcalf, Director of California's Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), unveiled the latest Statewide 2025 Housing Assessment. Our expert panelists included: Ben Besley (Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles), Stuart A. Gabriel (UCLA Anderson & UCLA Ziman Center), Rick Jacobus (Street Level Advisors), Paul Ong (UCLA Luskin), Kevin Ratner (Forest City Residential West), Ann Sewill (California Community Foundation), and Doug Shoemaker (Mercy Housing California). 


The 2017 Conference on Housing Affordability, sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute, Bank of Israel, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Tel Aviv University, and UCLA, brought together economists, policymakers, and real estate industry professionals to discuss the causes of and solutions to one of the most serious problems in the United States and other countries: the shortage of housing affordable for lower- and moderate-income households. The conference examined government and private-sector programs designed to promote affordability, the role of regulatory constraints, innovative mortgage products, and other topics to identify the most effective path forward to make housing affordable again. Watch the videos.



AREA SF DoJ 2014

Student Development

The Ziman Center sponsors a wide array of UCLA Anderson, UCLA Law and UCLA undergraduate student organizations, programs and activities to augment student training and development for careers in real estate.

UCLA Law Clinic Step Up Groundbreaking 2014

Community Outreach

Housing is fundamental to our quality of life, not just in Los Angeles, but around the world. UCLA possesses the academic expertise and core public education and service mission to play a leadership role in this area.

UCLA Economic Letter

UCLA Economic Letter

Monthly condensed analysis of crucial real estate and economic issues offered by the UCLA Anderson Forecast and UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate.

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