Real Estate

With international demand for people in the real estate industry, this valuable option provides a broad education in economic, financial, legal, public policy, and strategic aspects of real estate markets. 

Am I the right fit for this option?

Different specializations in real estate, such as financing, site acquisition, construction management, and sales require different skills. Strong analytical skills, organization, and good communication skills are all helpful attributes for success in the real estate sector.

Year 3 topics include: appraisal, asset and portfolio management, capital markets and real estate, debt financing, investment analysis, securitization, and real estate in the new economy.

Year 4 topics include: business location, land real estate markets, land use regulation, real estate and government policy and real estate development.

Real Estate option course requirements

Year 3
COMM 306Urban Land Economics          
COMM 307Real Estate Investment          
Year 4
COMM 405Real Estate Finance          
COMM 407Urban Public Economics          
COMM 408Real Estate Development          

Suggested electives

The following courses can be counted as non-Commerce electives:

GEOG 370Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
PLAN 425Urban Planning Issues and Concepts
ECON 345Money and Banking

Real Estate Internship Program

Consider applying for a paid internship over the summer prior to commencing Year 4. You could work in real estate brokerage development, finance, investment, or consulting firms or government agencies responsible for real estate. To be eligible for the program, you must have completed COMM 307 and be returning to UBC for at least one term after the internship. For more information, contact Professor Tsur Somerville.

Careers in Real Estate

With international demand for people in the real estate industry, this valuable option provides a broad education in economic, financial, legal, public policy, and strategic aspects of real estate markets. From real estate agents to mortgage analysts, a degree in Real Estate prepares you with the skills to embark on a lucrative career.


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