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Real Estate Finance

Financial analysis is at the heart of many decisions involving real estate – whether or not to proceed with building a project, whether to buy or lease a building, whether to expand or renovate a building, determining the right price at which to buy or sell, or how to finance a project.  As a result, a wide variety of employers in various facets of the real estate industry value students who have knowledge of both Finance and Real Estate.  Virginia Tech’s Real Estate Finance Option provides students with in-depth coursework in both Real Estate and Finance, culminating with students receiving a double-major in both subjects when they graduate, which positions them well for success in a wide variety of real estate-related careers.

Student Competencies:

  • Understand and apply the concepts of financial analysis and valuation to real estate assets
  • Understand the various phases of the real estate development process
  • Understand the various methods of financing real estate
  • Understand be able to value investment products based on real estate assets

Experiential Learning:

  • Students can apply their knowledge of finance and real estate as members of BASIS and SEED, Virginia Tech’s student-managed investment funds

Targeted Skill-sets:

  • Interest in real estate assets and markets
  • Willingness to learn about a diverse set of subject areas (project design and management, financial analysis, laws and regulations, financing, and investments)
  • Ability to organize and analyze data using Excel, make data-based decisions, and apply them to tangible projects and assets
  • Ability analyze projects from both a qualitative and quantitative standpoint

Example Careers:

  • Financial analyst for a real estate developer, real estate investment firm, or corporation that owns significant amounts of real estate
  • Real estate appraisal (valuation)
  • Bank credit officer or loan officer specializing in real estate financing
  • Mortgage broker
  • Investment banker or trader specializing in real estate