Business Real Estate (BR)

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BR-510   Real Estate LawCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Students will be introduced to the legal issues in the ownership, transfer, and development of real property.

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BR-525   Real Estate AnalysisCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Students gain insight into basic real-estate finance and valuation theory. Traditional approaches to value are reviewed. Examination of personal and corporate real estate portfolio strategies. The analysis of specific types of real properties are reviewed. This includes: single-family homes, condominiums, shopping centers, and office and industrial buildings. Also listed as BF-525.

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BR-527   Real Estate Finance, Investment and TaxCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Designed to introduce students to the world of real-estate finance, including debt and equity issues and securitization.

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BR-530   Real Estate Lease and NegotiationsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Students will look at the commercial leasing of real estate, including statutory law, public policy, and landlord-tenant relations, along with the role of the real estate broker.

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BR-580   Regulation and Real Estate Development ProcessCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Real Estate Development analyzes the distinctive roles and perspectives of government and business in the land development process. A step-by-step examination of the phases of a real estate development project from conceptualization to either disposition or lease-up that emphasizes both the management and approval aspects of those phases.

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BR-598   Special Topics in Real EstateCredits: 1-3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Subject matter varies according to the interest of the students and the professor. The exact nature of the topic covered is indicated in the student's permanent record.

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BR-599   Independent Study in Real EstateCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Independent research in real estate in an area not substantially treated in a regular course offering, under the supervision of a Business Administration faculty member and with the permission of the program director.

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BR-630   Environmental Land Use and Planning Law and RegulationCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

This expands upon the basics of real estate law and development law to examine closely the detailed federal, state and local statutes, regulations and case law that impact the design, planning, and approval of proposed real estate developments and the redevelopment of areas. Case studies of existing developments as well as current developments already in progress will be analyzed.

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BR-631   Capital Markets and Real EstateCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: BF-515 and BF-516.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

This course will build upon the foundations laid in the basic Real Estate Finance course. The focus will be upon the "capital stack" including the forms of equity and debt available to finance real estate. The various forms of ownership of real estate will be examined from the perspective of the investors, owners, and lenders. The tax implications of the various forms of investment will be closely examined to demonstrate the effects of alternative legal structures. Case studies of successful and unsuccessful real estate projects will be used to understand how certain legal structures contributed to the success or failure. The discussion of "bankruptcy remote" entities will be included.

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BR-632   Real Estate Valuation and AnalysisCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: BF-516.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Provides students with a basic understanding of the three traditional methods of real property appraisal including the Sales, Cost, and Income Approaches to value. These approaches will be applied to various property types including residential, commercial (retail and office), and industrial properties. Most emphasis will be applied to the Income Approach as it best typifies the expectations of buyers and sellers of commercial properties in the marketplace. Direct and Yield capitalization techniques and applications will be thoroughly reviewed and discussed within the context of litigation valuation assignments.

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BR-633   Real Estate Accounting, Taxation and InsuranceCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: BA-513 and BF-516.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

This course will provide students with a general understanding of the accounting, taxation and insurance/risk management aspects of real estate and develop a basic understanding of the principles of real estate accounting, taxation, and risk management and their interrelationship in the financial reporting and management of real estate companies to enable a non-accountant to understand generally their implications upon investment, leasing, and development decisions in real estate and to engage in informed discussions with accountants and other financial professionals.

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BR-634   Real Estate Lease Negotiations and AnalysisCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Designed to introduce the basic terminology of real estate leases and to gain an understanding of the business and legal interests of landlords and tenants and how these interests impact the negotiations of leases. The course will include a discussion of office, retail, shopping center, warehouse, ground and residential leases. Guest speakers will be utilized to demonstrate the practical aspects of lease negotiations. One or more field trips to lease locations will be part of the curriculum.

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BR-635   Real Estate Property ManagementCredits: 1.5   

Prerequisite: BR-630.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Provides students with a general understanding of the property management of real estate, including commercial, residential and condominium and cooperative properties. The essentials of budgeting, maintenance, tenant and owner relations as well as the business of owning a property management firm are included.

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BR-636   Real Estate Sales and MarketingCredits: 1.5   

Prerequisite: BK-520.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Includes a study of the traditional methods of market analysis of buyers and tenants as well as a focus on the use of social media. The evaluation of the costs and benefits of various types of sales and marketing techniques including case studies will be utilized. A review of the laws regarding marketing including federal truth in lending, discrimination, and interstate sales is included.

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BR-637   Real Estate ConstructionCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: BR-630.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

This course will provide students a basic understanding of the terminology used in construction of real estate projects; the critical path processes required for successful completion of construction; an understanding of different materials used in construction; the evaluation and selection of general contractors, construction managers, and subcontractors; the laws concerning construction and lien laws.

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BR-638   Real Estate Planning and DesignCredits: 1.5   

Prerequisite: BR-630.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

An understanding of how the planning of a site and the design of the infrastructure and structures on the real estate impacts the feasibility and performance of the project as well as the impact of the project on the surrounding areas.

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BR-640   Strategic Case Studies in Real EstateCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: BR-631 and BR-632.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

This "capstone course" will apply the lessons learned in the other real estate courses to actual real estate development projects. Students will dissect actual real estate projects from the perspective of the developer and owner as well as others involved in the financing of the projects. The analysis of critical decision points in planning, marketing, pricing, construction will be examined with the benefit of hindsight. Students will then apply those lessons to current real estate projects.

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BR-650   International Real EstateCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: BR-630 and BR-631.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Examines the legal, financial, regulatory, and social aspects of real estate ownership and development in selected international markets. The markets will include Europe, UK, Pacific Rim, Canada, Mexico, China, and other areas. Investment by U.S. companies in these international markets as well as investments in U.S. real estate by foreign investors will be included.

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BR-698   Special Topics in Real EstateCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Subject matter varies according to the interest of the students and the professor. The exact nature of the topic covered is indicated in the student's permanent record.

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BR-699   Independent Study in Real EstateCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor, Department Chair and Dean.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Independent research in Real Estate is for areas of Real Estate not substantially treated in a regular course offering. It is done under the supervision of a Leon Hess Business School faculty member, and written evaluation of the research is required.