Real Estate Division

CPD 110 - Real Estate Consulting: Fundamentals

Pre-requisite: None.

These three lessons provide an introduction to the conceptual foundations underlying consulting and advisory services related to real estate. Students will learn how to: critically analyze the context for real estate problems, creating an effective foundation for further in-depth analysis of issues; effectively apply traditional and online research skills; identify risk and describe how it can be managed in real estate decisions; and develop the "meta-skills" necessary to succeed in the real estate service supply chain.

Course Outline

Foreword - Introduction to Professional Development Courses

Lesson 1: Introduction to Real Estate Consulting

  • Introduction to Real Estate Consulting
  • Focus on Client Needs
  • Range of Consulting Activities
  • Market Analysis
  • Highest and Best Use Analysis
  • Marketability Studies
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Investment Analysis

Lesson 2: Creative Critical Thinking

  • Key Concepts Underlying Creative Critical Thinking
  • Creative Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Elements of Critical Thinking
  • Universal Intellectual Standards and Quality of Thought
  • Intellectual Traits Necessary for Continued Self-Improvement
  • How Mental Models Influence Our Thinking and Decision Making
  • Mental Models and Ladders of Inference
  • Applying Critical Thinking Skills Effectively
  • Making the “Right” Decision
  • Creative Critical Thinking in Application

Lesson 3: Research Methods

  • Research and Real Estate Analysis
  • Practical Applications of Real Estate Research
  • Research Process
  • Planning the Research
  • Executing the Research Plan
  • Collecting Information
  • Forming Research Conclusions
  • Presentation


  • The final examination

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