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David P Lindahl
URBDP 598
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Systematic study of specialized subject matter. Topics vary for each quarter, depending upon current interest and needs, and are announced in the preceding quarter. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

Class description

This course provides the basis for understanding and conducting market analysis for real estate projects, with both private and public sector applications. Main topics include: regional economic and metropolitan area analysis and forecasting; real estate market cycles and pricing; forecasting demand and supply for office, industrial, residential, retail, hotel, and other uses; and introduction to real estate portfolio management and diversification.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course will be a combination of lecture material, in-class analysis of case studies and readings, and guest presentations.

Recommended preparation

Students should have core understanding of real estate development and investment concepts. Basic proficiency in Excel is highly recommended, and some knowledge of GIS is recommended, but not required.

Class assignments and grading

In addition to readings and active participation in class, students will complete four assignments, requiring data collection and analysis, use of GIS (ArcView 8.2), and concise write-ups. There is a mid-term exam, and a term-long team project. There is no final exam for the course. The course emphasizes real-world applications of market analysis, with a focus on private sector investments.

Four Assignments - 35% Mid-Term Exam - 25% Final Project - 30% Participation and In-Class Assignments - 10%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by David P Lindahl
Date: 03/14/2003