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Christopher Bitter

Departmental Faculty

Christopher Bitter, MA, PhD
Assistant Professor, Urban Design and Planning


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Office: 424 Gould Hall
Phone: (206) 685-7088
Fax: (206) 685-9597
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University of Washington
Box 355740
Department of Urban Design and Planning
Seattle, WA 98195-5740
Street Address:
3950 University Way NE
424 Gould Hall
Seattle, WA 98195

My background combines academic training in economic geography and agriculture and resource economics with ten years of applied experience as a real estate and land economist. Prior to joining the University of Washington, I was a faculty member in the Department of Geography at the University of Arizona. I have held positions with The Dorchester Group, a real estate consulting firm specializing in complex property valuation assignments, and with RREEF, a leading real estate investment advisor and subsidiary of Deutsche Bank, where I led the firm’s east coast research department. I have lived in a dozen metropolitan areas across the U.S., and worked in many others, and I strive to bring these real-world experiences into the classroom. My current research interests focus on real estate valuation and market dynamics, sustainable development, and vineyard valuation and economics.

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University of Washington Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies Faculty Profile »


Selected Publications


Bitter, Christopher. 2014. Subdivision Vintage and Housing Prices: Do Home Buyers Value Traditional Neighborhood Development? Urban Studies, 51(5): 1036-1054.

Bitter, Christopher, and David A. Plane. 2012.  Housing markets, the life course, and migration up and down the urban hierarchy.  In The Sage Handbook of Housing, ed. D. Clapman, W.A.V. Clark, and K. Gibb.  Sage Publications.

Kraus, Andrew, and Christopher Bitter. 2012. Spatial Econometrics, Land Values and Sustainability: Trends in Real Estate Valuation, Cities, 29: s19-s25.

Dall'erba, Sandy, and Christopher Bitter. 2010. Using a spatial endogenous method to detect housing submarkets: an application to Tucson, Journal of Academic Research and Studies, 2(3), 1-15.

Bitter, Christopher, Gordon F. Mulligan, and Sandy Dall’erba. 2007. Incorporating spatial variation in housing attribute prices: a comparison of geographically weighted regression and the spatial expansion method. Journal of Geographic Systems 9: 7–27.

University of Washington
Department of Urban Design and Planning · 410 Gould Hall · Box 355740 · Seattle, WA 98195-5740 · Phone: (206) 543-4190 · Fax: (206) 685-9597 · email: udp@uw.edu