David P Lindahl
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.
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.
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%