Dr. Jim Gaines is a Research Economist at the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University focused on housing and land development issues. Dr. Gaines spent sixteen years with KPMG and Arthur Andersen providing real estate consulting services. He also served as President of Rice Center, an urban research center affiliated with Rice University for five years where he directed the real estate, urban economics, and demographic research programs.
Dr. Gaines started his professional career as an Assistant Professor of Finance and Real Estate at Kent State University and later was an Associate Professor of Real Estate and Finance at the University of South Carolina, where he taught undergraduate as well as graduate-level real estate courses. Dr. Gaines has more than thirty-five years experience in a broad array of professional activities primarily in real estate research and education, urban economics, land use analysis and development and project risk assessment.
Dr. Gaines has worked extensively with major corporations, developers, investors, financial institutions and government agencies across the country. His assignments have involved all aspects of real estate analysis, including modeling market potential and economic capabilities, investment and/or development project risk assessments, identifying alternative land uses, financial and valuation issues, site development and construction risks and opportunities, and strategic corporate real estate planning. In addition to his consulting background, Dr. Gaines has been an active real estate educator not only at the university level but also for professional programs in real estate appraisal, GRI, CCIM and other training courses.
Dr. Gaines authored numerous professional papers, articles, monographs and technical reports covering a wide array of real estate topics and analyses.
B.B.A., Real Estate, University of Georgia
M.A., Real Estate, University of Georgia
Ph. D., Real Estate and Finance, University of Georgia