The course is structured primarily around interactive learning, which will be used to discuss the weekly lectures and assignments focused on building upon real estate concepts. We will begin with an overview of real estate industries and an introduction to important financial concepts necessary for investment analysis. We will move on to study the fundamentals of leverage and cost structure, designing mortgages, asset valuation and the effect of economic variables. The final case study, combined with intermittent assignments, will help students reinforce all the in class teaching and readings.
Attendance is mandatory. While this course incorporates elements of a modern flipped-lecture format, students will best learn by interacting with each other and challenging or affirming certain ideas. This requires engagement and attendance on the part of each student. Therefore, any students who miss two or more classes (unexcused) will not pass the course. Special circumstances must be discussed with the facilitator prior to the date of the absence.
If a student misses more than two classes the instructing team will administer an additional assignment. Based on the performance on that assignment the student will have another chance to pass the course.
We will have a pre-recorded lecture every week that students can access before class. This lecture will also be played for the first hour of the lecture time. Students will then have time to ask questions and complete an activity for the remaining period of the course. For weeks 6 through 8 will not have any recording. We will be building a pro-forma live weeks 6 through 7 and will have a guest speaker on week 8.
Occasionally, there will be supplementary events hosted by real estate organizations available for extra credit. These events are outside the scope of the course and not mandatory.