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Finance

FIN7565 - REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS

REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS

FIN7565 REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS
(FORMERLY REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT FUNDAMENTALS)
3 Elective Credits

This course provides in depth coverage of real estate investing and investment decision making for income producing properties. Topics include valuation, financing, capital markets, development and operations of income-producing real property and issues surrounding the ownership, financing and regulation of real estate. Through readings, lectures and case studies, we will explore how investors identify projects, determine value, design marketing strategies, and obtain financing in the debt and equity markets. This course will include an introduction to the value creation process of real estate development. The course will cover how investors evaluate and finance development projects. Topics include the unique debt and equity financing considerations for both income producing rental properties and for sale condominium projects. The course will also cover Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT's) as an investment vehicle.


The course will use lecture materials, case studies and an example property to illustrate key real estate investment concepts for both investing in existing properties and for developing properties.

This course is typically offered in the following semesters: Fall and Spring

Prerequisites: FIN7200 or FIN7800

3 credits

FIN7566 - REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

FIN7566 REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS
3 Elective Credits


This course will examine the fundamentals of commercial real estate transactions from a legal and managerial perspective. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the major laws and regulations which impact business strategy, allocation of risk, and ultimately deal structures in real estate transactions. Through course readings, assignments, and analysis of industry examples, students will learn how the business strategy components of a term sheet are integrated into the provisions of a transaction,s legal documentation. Course topics will include the following: acquisition and disposition, real estate finance, management, development, leasing, tax considerations, distressed property, including loan workouts and commercial foreclosures, and recent legal developments. The course is designed to introduce students to commercial real estate and appeal to real estate entrepreneurs and students interested in careers in the real estate industry.

Prerequisites: None

3 credits

FIN7570 - REAL ESTATE FINANCE

REAL ESTATE FINANCE

FIN7570 REAL ESTATE FINANCE
1.5 Credits


This course is designed for students who are likely to encounter real estate either as an investment or as part of a corporation,s assets. This course focuses on the financing of real estate assets. Using traditional analysis and financing techniques as a foundation, the course examines the financial structuring of real estate transactions, and discusses the development of alternative-financing debt and equity vehicles, including securitized real estate transactions. The course emphasizes the use of financing techniques to enhance asset performance, minimize financial risk, and obtain capital.

This course is typically offered in the following semesters: Fall

Prerequisites: FIN7200

1.5 credits

FIN7572 - BABSON COLLEGE FUND

BABSON COLLEGE FUND

FIN7572 BABSON COLLEGE FUND

3 Elective Credits

The Babson College Fund is a two-semester course, where selected students manage a portion of the Babson College endowment. The Babson College Fund Office selects undergraduate and graduate students to be analysts and portfolio managers.

By learning the basics of security analysis and portfolio management, it is hoped that students will be prepared to take jobs in the Investment Management and Investment Banking industries post-graduation.

The Program Director and Executives in Residence are committed to helping this pursuit as much as possible. The course also requires that students refine their networking skills and develop a proficiency in the analytical tools available through the Cutler Center to maximize their employment prospects.

Prerequisites: Program Director (Patrick Gregory) Permission

3 credits

FIN7573 - INVESTMENT BANKING AND FIN MODELING

INVESTMENT BANKING AND FIN MODELING

FIN7573 INVESTMENT BANKING AND FINANCIAL MODELING
(FORMERLY INVESTMENT BANKING AND FINANCIAL ADVISORY)
3 Elective Credits


The course will provide students with the opportunity to develop a practical understanding of investment banking and the activities performed by various professionals within the industry. The course will explore the history and evolution of the investment banking industry and the role played by investment banks in the broader capital markets and economy. The course will also examine the organizational structure of investment banks and the characteristics and focus of different functional areas within a firm.

The course focuses on the practical application of corporate finance concepts to "real world" situations and activities commonly performed by investment banks on behalf of clients. A heavy emphasis will be placed on the role played by an associate in building complex financial models to help analyze and execute common investment banking transactions such as: Initial Public Offerings, Fairness Opinions, Valuations, Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory, and Leveraged Buy-Outs. As such, the class will utilize case studies involving real companies and there will be a heavy emphasis on the practical financial research and Excel skills necessary to develop and customize such models. LAPTOPS ARE REQUIRED FOR EACH CLASS.

This course is designed for students interested in careers in investment banking, private equity, sell-side equity research or corporate finance.

This course is typically offered in the following semesters: Spring

Prerequisites: FIN7200 or FIN7800

3 credits

FIN7578 - REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT

REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT

FIN7578 REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT
1.5 Credits


This course examines the process of creating value by modifying real property to a higher and better use. Using real-world examples, students will look at the steps in the real estate development process, including concept creation and refinement, market analysis, feasibility determination, entitlement and approvals, design and construction, capital structures, start up and operations, and harvesting. Students will also consider how to structure the financing of real estate developments.

Prerequisites: FIN7565, Real Estate Fundamentals, AND
Evening: FIN7000 or MBA8510 or FIN7200
Fast Track: MBA7335 or (ECN7201 and MIS7200)
One Year: MBA7210 or FIN7200
Two Year: MBA7320 or FIN7302 or FIN7200

1.5 credits

FIN7580 - INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

FIN7580 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

1.5-3 Credits

Independent research is available for all academic divisions. Registration is manual for students through Graduate Programs and Office of Graduate Academic Services.

Independent Research provides an opportunity to conduct in-depth research in areas of a student's own specific interest. Students may undertake Independent Research for academic credit with the approval of a student-selected faculty advisor, the appropriate division chair, and Graduate Academic Services. Please note that a student is responsible for recruiting a faculty advisor through the student's own initiative and obtain the advisor's prior consent/commitment before applying for an independent research project. The research project normally carries 1.5 or 3 credits.


For more information and a proposal outline please visit: http://www.babson.edu/Academics/graduate/mba/Pages/independent-research.aspx

3 credits

FIN7800 - FINANCE

FINANCE

FIN7800 FINANCE

2 Credits
(Core MBA)


If you have taken and passed FIN7200, you cannot register for FIN7800, as these two courses are equivalent

This course provides an introduction to the principles and practices of financial decision making. It introduces the foundation concepts of the time value of money, the valuation of securities, and forecasting. These concepts are used to show how managers can analyze the risk and return of capital investment proposals and identify those projects that are expected to create shareholder value. The concepts also are used to estimate the value of an enterprise for purposes of initial public offering (IPO) and corporate acquisitions. Financial modeling will be at the heart of the course using Excel.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete ACC7800 prior to taking this course

2 credits

FIN9510 - Residential Real Estate: Acquisition, Disposition, Finance, and Leasing

Residential Real Estate: Acquisition, Disposition, Finance, and Leasing

FIN9510 RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE: ACQUISITION, DISPOSITION, FINANCE, AND LEASING
1.5 Intensive Elective Credits


The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge to efficiently and effectively navigate the residential real estate marketplace in the United States. The course is designed to introduce students to the residential real estate housing market and appeal to real estate entrepreneurs and both domestic and international investors. We will explore the major issues and considerations that impact the valuation, financing, acquisition, disposition, and leasing of residential real estate. Course topics will include: market valuation and appraisal, real estate finance, including residential mortgage types, borrower financing decisions, and primary and secondary mortgage markets, applicable laws and regulations, property inspections, environmental issues, title insurance, brokering and closing the transaction, landlord and tenant issues, tax considerations, and default ownership issues. Throughout the course, we will emphasize practical application of the course topics and examine current examples from the industry and marketplace.

Prerequisites: None

1.5 credits