real estate courses at the university of illinois

Undergraduate Courses 
 

Fall Courses

FIN 241- Fundamentals of Real Estate, 3 hours; an introductory real estate course covering real estate fundamentals; emphasis on legal and brokerage topics and on analytical topics such as real estate valuation, real estate investment analysis and real estate finance; grade is based on mid-term exam and final exam; Prof. Davis & Prof. Perkins

FIN 414, Urban Economics, 3 hours; this is essentially a  macro-real estate course while the other real estate courses are micro-oriented on how individuals and firms make decisions about real estate; this macro-oriented course focuses on the result of all of those individual/firm decisions related to real estate; for example, what are the resulting land use patterns for a given urban area; grade is based on mid-term exam, final exam, and other projects as assigned; Prof. McMillen

FIN 444, Urban Real Estate Valuation, 3 hours; a course on the concepts and methods for valuing real property; grade is based on mid-term exam, final exam, single-family home appraisal, and shopping center appraisal; both appraisals are team projects with an inter-disciplinary team of 4 or 5 students on each team; Prof. Cannaday

FIN 445, Real Estate Investment, 3 hours; this course provides a unified finance-based framework to answer real estate investment decision-making problems encountered in the real world; grade is based on mid-term exam, final exam, two problem-solving assignments, and in-class exercises to verify attendance; Prof. Chinco

FIN 447, Real Estate Development, 3 hours; a course on the steps and key players in the real estate development process; one lecture by Prof. Cannaday and all others by guest lecturers from the real estate industry (developers or people who work with developers such as architects and construction managers); grade is based on attendance, participation, mid-term exam, mid-term mini-case (evaluation of the potential acquisition of an existing shopping center using discounted cash flow analysis), and final case (site plan, construction budget, etc. for a real estate development project); both cases are team projects with an inter-disciplinary team of 4 or 5 students on each team; Prof. Cannaday

Spring Courses

FIN 241, Fundamentals of Real Estate, 3 hours; an introductory real estate course covering real estate fundamentals; emphasis on legal topic analytical topics such as real estate valuation, real estate investment analysis and real estate finance; grade is based on mid-term exam and final exam, and term paper; Prof. Davis & Prof. Perkins

FIN 443, Legal Issues in Real Estate, 3 hours; this course covers real estate law in the United States (some examples/details will relate specifically to the state of Illinois); the idea of the course is to make you a better consumer of the services of a real estate lawyer or to help you decide if you are interested in further studies toward becoming a real estate lawyer; grade is based on mid-term exam and final exam; Prof. Perkins

FIN 446, Real Estate Financial Markets, 3 hours; this is an applied course in real estate financial markets that focuses on the U.S. mortgage and mortgage-backed securities markets for both residential and commercial real estate; grade is based on mid-term exam, final exam, graded homework sets, case assignments, and class participation; Prof. Tchistyi

FIN 490, Real Estate Cases, 2 hours; this is a course that focuses on real estate cases; you will see examples of cases and their solutions as well as being given cases to solve (cases will be team projects); grade is based on participation, a mid-term case and a final case; offered during the first 8 weeks of the Spring Semester; Prof. Mallon

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Courses

FIN 444, Urban Real Estate Valuation, 4 hours; a course on the concepts and methods for valuing real property; grade is based on mid-term exam, final exam, multiple regression analysis for estimating the expected sales price of a single-family house within a particular neighborhood, single-family home appraisal, and shopping center appraisal; both appraisals are team projects with an inter-disciplinary team of 4 or 5 students on each team; Prof. Cannaday

FIN 445, Real Estate Investment, 4 hours; this course provides a unified finance-based framework to answer real estate investment decision-making problems encountered in the real world; grade is based on mid-term exam, final exam, two problem-solving assignments, and in-class exercises to verify attendance; Prof. Chinco

FIN 447, Real Estate Development, 4 hours; a course on the steps and key players in the real estate development process; one lecture by Prof. Cannaday and all others by guest lecturers from the real estate industry (developers or people who work with developers such as architects and construction managers); grade is based on attendance, participation, mid-term exam, term paper (1 page executive summary of real estate related paper), mid-term mini-case (evaluation of the potential acquisition of an existing shopping center using discounted cash flow analysis), and final case (site plan, construction budget, etc. for a real estate development project); both cases are team projects with an inter-disciplinary team of 4 or 5 students on each team; Prof. Cannaday

FIN 541, Real Estate (and Urban Land) Economics, 4 hours; an introductory real estate course covering real estate fundamentals; emphasis on analytical topics such as real estate valuation, real estate investment analysis and real estate finance; grade is based on mid-term exam, final exam, and term paper (applying multiple regression); Prof. Cannaday

Spring Courses

FIN 443, Legal Issues in Real Estate, 4 hours; this course covers real estate law in the United States (some examples/details will relate specifically to the state of Illinois); the idea of the course is to make you a better consumer of the services of a real estate lawyer or to help you decide if you are interested in further studies toward becoming a real estate lawyer; grade is based on mid-term exam and final exam; Prof. Perkins

FIN 446, Real Estate Financial Markets, 4 hours; this is an applied course in real estate financial markets that focuses on the U.S. mortgage and mortgage-backed securities markets for both residential and commercial real estate; grade is based on mid-term exam, final exam, graded homework sets, case assignments, and class participation; Prof. Tchistyi

FIN 580, Real Estate Cases, 2 hours; this is a course that focuses on real estate cases; you will see examples of cases and their solutions as well as being given cases to solve (cases will be team projects); grade is based on participation, a mid-term case and a final case; offered during the first 8 weeks of the Spring Semester; Prof. Mallon

ECON 547, Urban Economics, 4 hours (if offered); this is essentially a  macro-real estate course while the other real estate courses are micro-oriented on how individuals and firms make decisions about real estate; this macro-oriented course focuses on the result of all of those individual/firm decisions related to real estate; for example, what are the resulting land use patterns for a given urban area; grade is based on mid-term exam, final exam, and other projects as assigned; Prof. McMillen; note that this course might not be offered until Fall Semester 2016

Graduate Courses 
 

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