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FIN3555 Real Estate Investment
4 General Elective CreditsThis course is designed for students interested in learning to evaluate real estate investment opportunities. The focus is on commercial property, not single-family homes, and on U.S. real estate. Using readings and case studies, students examine real estate as an asset class and explore its similarities and differences from other investment types. The foundation for this course involves understanding the industry terminology, legal rights and restrictions, and basic techniques for financial projections and analysis.
Expanding from this base, students explore the use of debt and the implications of taxes on real estate investment returns.
FIN3512 Real Estate Transactions and Law
4 General Elective CreditsReal-estate is a transaction-based business. To successfully execute any business strategy in real estate, it is essential to understand the relevant legal structures and transaction documentation. This introductory and practical course will provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of commercial real estate transactions from a legal and managerial perspective. The course is designed to familiarize students with the various "life stages" of commercial real estate transactions: negotiating the term sheet, conducting "due diligence" property investigations, structuring ownership interests, financing the project, closing and acquiring title, developing the property, managing and leasing the project, and ultimately, selling the asset or ownership interests. By integrating business strategy and legal structure throughout the course, students will explore how legal considerations impact decision-making in valuing real estate assets, selecting effective ownership structure and control, managing financial risk, allocating financial returns, and developing exit strategies for real estate investments.
Prerequisites: SME2021 or FIN2000
FIN3511 Residential Real Estate
4 General Elective CreditsThis course is designed to introduce students to the residential real estate housing market in the U.S. and equip them with the knowledge to efficiently and effectively navigate that marketplace. Through a practical application of the course topics and examination of current industry examples, we will explore the process of buying, selling, financing and leasing residential real estate, with a focus on single-family homes, condominiums, townhomes, duplexes, triplexes and multi-family apartments of four units or less. We will examine the major issues and considerations that impact the valuation, financing, acquisition, disposition, and leasing of residential real estate.
FIN4507 Risk Management
4 Advanced Management Credits
Risk management has risen to a new pre-eminence with firms being exposed to an ever increasing range of risks. The reasons for this rise, and the techniques and instruments used by risk managers, are the subjects of this course. The course will first cover the concept of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and then analyze the key financial tools used in risk management, such as futures and options. Students will then use their knowledge to manage risk optimally and alter the risk/return characteristics of corporations. The course will apply these tools to risk management cases to cover a whole set of different sectors (airlines, automobiles, IT, etc.). The course will also go into some of the most pressing risks of our time, namely: climate change; diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I); and cybersecurity, as well as risks related to Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and executive compensation.
FIN3520 Security Valuation
4 General Elective CreditsThis course is designed for students interested in investment banking, fixed-income valuation or equity analysis. Students develop tools and techniques for the valuation of different securities. Topics covered include: bond pricing, bond duration, the term-structure of interest rates, financial statement analysis, equity valuation models, and firm valuation. A major focus of this class is the valuation of specific firms and securities using finance theory and applications.
Prerequisites: SME2021 or FIN2000