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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 urban and economic geography with ten years of applied real estate research experience. 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 market research department. I have also 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 research interests focus on housing and commercial real estate market dynamics, urban economics, and sustainable development. Among other projects, I am currently exploring the implications of the nation’s changing demographic profile for housing markets, and the extent to which changing demographics and housing preferences may stimulate demand for various forms of "smart" growth.

Also See

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.

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