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UST Real Estate Class Profile: Information Technology/Geography for Business and Planning

In the Real Estate program at UST, students are offered an Information Technology course concentrating on geographic techniques for business and planning applications applied to real estate supply and demand, acquisition, disposition, and asset management analyses.  The course teaches students essential concepts in interpreting industry data necessary to make sound commercial real estate investment decisions.  Students gain a practical understanding of current real estate industry software applications vital to performing market analysis, financial and investment analysis, and feasibility studies.

Real estate graduate student, Sue Marshall with Marshall & Koopman Real Estate, recently completed Real 714 and noted, “What I was most impressed about the course was the introduction and application of extremely efficient and effective software tools which I could immediately apply in my daily real estate activities.  What were once time-consuming tasks, I can now complete in a fraction of the time.”

Real 714 Information Technology begins with an overview of market analysis and how selected software applications such as Site to Do Business and CoStar can aid in real estate decision making. Class exercises focus on the role that market analysis plays in development, acquisitions, investment analysis, and site selection.  Students then learn how to access and interpret industry data to best understand demographic fundamentals, competition and opportunities essential to understanding CRE investment decisions.

To demonstrate their comprehensive understanding of such market analysis fundamentals, students work on an independent mock-development project where they analyze a given site in depth, asses its commercial potential and pitch an appropriate development.

The course proceeds with an in-depth Excel training where students learn the essential formulas necessary to conduct investment pro formas and risk analyses.  Real 714 Information Technology also provides fundamental knowledge of the Argus software application where students work on financial modeling, portfolio management and investment analysis projects.  Argus certification is also available through the course.

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