Real Estate Finance

Subject FNCE30005 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


FNCE20001 Business Finance and FNCE20004 Introduction to Real Estate Analysis.



Recommended Background Knowledge:

Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Gregory Schwann


Subject Overview:

Real estate is the largest asset class in the investment universe. It consists of everything from the single-family home to real estate-backed derivative products. This course introduces the specialised financial principles needed for portfolio and investment decisions for this diverse asset class. The subject will focus on understanding the primary sources of value in real estate based investments and on assessing the risks to this value. Potential topics include techniques in real estate financing, capital structure in residential and commercial real estate markets, innovations in real estate financing, contingent claims and real options in real estate markets, lease contracts and the valuation of options imbedded in real estate backed assets.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognise the structure of residential and commercial real estate markets and their place in the world's economies,
  • Use introductory economic and financial principles to determine impact of economic events on the prices of real estate assets,
  • Apply basic financial principles to analyse the performance of real estate assets,
  • Use basic statistical techniques to study the factors determining real estate prices and returns,
  • Display an intermediate knowledge of the mortgage markets and mortgage instruments, with special emphasis on the Australian mortgage market, and
  • Evaluate contemporary policy debates in the area of real estate finance.

A 2-hour end-of-semester examination (50%) and assignments totalling 2500 words, or equivalent, due in week 9 to 11 (50%).

Prescribed Texts:

You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • High level of development: problem solving; statistical reasoning; application of theory to practice; critical thinking; use of computer software.

  • Moderate level of development: written communication; collaborative learning; team work; interpretation and analysis; synthesis of data and other information; evaluation of data and other information;

  • Some level of development: oral communication; accessing data and other information from a range of sources.

Related Breadth Track(s): Real Estate and the Australian Dream

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