Instructor - Dr Tom Geurts

This is a 10 Hour course and costs $95

Explore the world of real estate as assets in portfolio investment, and the ways to understand, quantify, and manage risk.

Course Summary

This course will help you, as a manager of portfolio investments - or as a person who hires one - to understand the role of real estate in a diversified portfolio. You will learn to describe and quantify that multi-faceted companion to reward: Risk. This course will outline principles of portfolio investment strategy, and compare the concepts and processes of sourcing and underwriting. It will describe the nature of real estate in diversified portfolios, and show you how to identify real estate correlations. You will understand the concepts and methods for due diligence, and compare the operation of internal risk rating systems. By the end of the course, you will be able to describe portfolio management techniques and instruments, including risk and return, and diversification, securitization, hedging, and derivatives. You will also be better able to understand and explain the interaction between the property market and the investment market;

How do I take this course?

This course delivers 10 hours of video lecture presentations on key topics about real estate assets, and portfolio management. You can download and print a copy of the presentation slides, and make notes as you follow along. To make it easier to absorb the material, each hour is divided into short segments, of about 15 minutes each. You can watch as many, or as few segments each day, or each week, in your own time. Each segment is followed by a short quiz to help you review, and test yourself about what you have learned. There is also a dedicated chat room for this course, so you can talk, get help, and just be social as you journey through this exciting topic with others online.

Do I get a Certificate of Completion?

Yes. On completion of this course, you will be able to print a Certificate of Completion showing the overall average that you achieved in all of the quizzes. You may be able to take this to your university or college to ask for transfer credits, or to your professional association to see if you can be awarded continuing education credits.

Set the groundwork with an understanding of the differences between real estate and other types of investments (stocks, bonds), and the peculiar features of real estate that investors need to be aware of.

Portfolios are a way to manage risk through diversification. On average the risk for an average stock is about 35%. Learn how to measure the risk of a real estate investment.
Beta measures an investment’s market risk. It shows an investment’s volatility relative to the market. Learn why real estate is one of the few investments with a (potentially) negative beta.
Learn how to diversify an investment portfolio, as well as the pros and cons of each.
Learn about Modern Portfolio Theory, and why real estate is an excellent choice of investment for large institutional investors, like pension funds.
Real Estate Investment Trusts are in effect mutual funds owning real estate. Learn how to operate and why it makes sense to own units in REITS as a part of a well-diversified portfolio.
International diversification is a good thing, but different laws, regulations, and customs in different countries need to be understood. Different attitudes to property rights, to transaction costs, and the cost of finance mean you need to do your homework for a portfolio of international real estate investments.
See why Russia has the highest transaction costs, and why China might not be the best place to invest.
Thankfully there are services like the Investment Property Databank that provides worldwide critical business intelligence, including analytical services, indices and market information, to the real estate industry. Learn how to use critical market information.
Typically financial decision models are based on the Efficient Market Hypothesis and Rational Behavior. Unfortunately, the market is rarely efficient and people are seldom rational. How should you make your way through an analysis of real estate portfolio investment?

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