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Auburn's Real Estate Society and Founder Harris Hollans

Harris Hollans is an assistant professor in the Department of Finance at Auburn University. He has taught more than 30 graduate and undergraduate courses at both the University of Georgia and Auburn University in areas such as real estate valuation and investment analysis, real estate finance and money and financial markets. Hollans’ current research covers a variety of topics in real estate and urban economics. He has recently been published in the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, as well as other real estate-related outlets. He is the founding member and current owner of Hollans & Associates LLC, a real estate valuation and consulting firm in Auburn, Ala.

In 2008, Hollans and Kelly Steed, a recent graduate of Auburn University, formed the Real Estate Society. The purpose of the Real Estate Society is to provide its members with knowledge about real estate. Members of the organization are given the opportunity to get connected with the real estate industry and learn from industry leaders.

Meetings are held once a month, typically on Monday nights. The meetings include dinner and speakers from the real estate profession. Guest speakers share their experiences in the various fields of real estate, including commercial, residential, construction and appraisal, to name a few.

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Although I have already learned some about residential real estate in Real Estate Marketing, I wanted to learn more about commercial and international,” said member Natalie Herren. “This is my first year in the Real Estate Society and I have really enjoyed our meetings and the speakers as well!”

Annual dues are $50, which includes a t-shirt and dinner at each meeting. This also includes a tentative resume compilation of all due-paying members which will be distributed to potential employers.

“This is the best link to the industry and potential employers,” said Real Estate Society founder and faculty adviser Harris Hollans.

The Real Estate Society is an excellent opportunity to make connections and meet some of the highest performing people in the real estate profession.

The best way to find out about the organization and their meetings is through Facebook by joining the group Real Estate Society at Auburn.Students can also contact Harris Hollans at or current president John McWhirter at

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