Real Estate

Undergraduate Team Places 2nd in Villanova Real Estate Challenge

April 17, 2014 By Susan Drake Web-Villanova-Team-2014

This blog was written by Matt Muse (Undergraduate Business Program, Class of 2014) Four members of the Undergraduate Real Estate Club participated in the Villanova Real Estate Challenge hosted by the DiLella Center for Real Estate. The competition, which is structured as a real estate development case, included teams from across the country*. The four members of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Undergraduate team were Will Walton, Matt Muse, Josh Glover and Drew Nations. The case asked teams to determine the highest and best use for a 32-acre parcel of land in a tertiary market of South Florida. After diligent analysis and preparation, the UNC Kenan-Flagler team presented a proposal for a mixed-use project consisting of retail and multifamily. To Read More

Joint ULI/Wood Center Panel on “Women in Real Estate” and “40 Under 40″ ULI Initiative

April 17, 2014 By Susan Drake ULI

Don’t miss the article in the Triangle Business Journal highlighting the panel on “Women in Real Estate“.  Staff writer Amanda Jones Hoyle highlights the panel’s participants and the open conversation which ensued from moderator Laura Quinn (MBA Class of 2014) and Lynn Fisher (Flanagan Scholar at Kenan-Flagler Business School). Also part of the day’s activities, Julie Paul of the Triangle ULI presented a short video titled “40 Under 40“.   The video highlights ULI’s initiative to recognize the top 40 Real Estate Professionals under 40.  The 40 Under 40 winners will be profiled in Urban Land and will be recognized at the ULI Fall Meeting in New York City in October 2014.  ULI’s mission is to provide leadership in the responsible Read More

Real-world real estate: Real success

April 16, 2014 By Susan Drake

We would be remiss if we didn’t bring this article to your attention…..Originally posted on UNC KENAN-FLAGLER NEWS   After 15 years in the real estate market, Ross Cowan (MBA ’99) knows that the key to success is staying curious. “Have a curious mind,” said Cowan, managing director of real estate investment firm Northwood Investors. “If you enjoy doing something, it means you’ll work hard at it. If you work hard, most likely you’ll be successful.” He spoke on “The Class of 1999” industry panel at the 2014 UNC Real Estate Conference on March 27. Organized by the Leonard W. Wood Center for Real Estate Studies at UNC Kenan-Flagler, the conference brought together real estate professionals from all industry segments Read More

UNC Hosts Largest Real Estate Conference in School History

April 1, 2014 By Susan Drake 2014-Conf

This blog was written by Mason Ellerbe, MBA Class of 2015 On Thursday, March 27th the Wood Center for Real Estate Studies hosted the annual UNC Real Estate conference with over 370 undergraduate and MBA students, alumni and friends of the program attending the event. Speakers at this year’s conference included a welcome from our new UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean, Doug Shackleford who was introduced by Leonard Wood (MBA ’72).  He was followed by the conference keynote speaker, Boston Properties President, Doug Linde.  Conference speakers included USAA Global Head of Research, Will McIntosh, PWC National Partner and Real Estate Leader, Byron Carlock, and Founder/President of the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry, Robert Kramer.   Read More

Undergraduate Business Real Estate Club visits DC

March 31, 2014 By Susan Drake Undergradute-Real-Estate-DC

This blog was written by Drew Nations and Alex Ransenberg, Undergraduate Business Program Class of 2015 On February 6th and 7th, the Undergraduate Business Real Estate Club visited Washington, D.C. for our 2014 Real Estate Career Trek.  During the trip we visited with nine companies: Boston Properties, Eastdil Secured, Perseus Realty, Clarion Partners, Avalon Bay, HFF, Avison Young, MRP, and JBG.  Visiting these companies provided all the trek attendees with great exposure to the Washington, D.C. real estate market in addition to a variety of real estate sectors.  From development to real estate investment management, we had the opportunity to see real estate from the ground level to 30,000 feet. While this experience was new to all of us, we Read More

Texas Spring Career Trek….First Stop, Dallas

March 31, 2014 By Susan Drake Dallas-Group

This blog was written by Brian Purcell, MBA Class of 2014 As the UNC Kenan-Flagler real estate program continues to increase its market recognition and job placement in Texas markets, several first and second-year students spent spring break visiting companies in Dallas and Houston.   The trip was part of the rapidly-expanding trek series sponsored by the Wood Center for Real Estate Studies and the Real Estate Club. The first leg of our trip brought us to Dallas, where we visited with a variety of industry-leading companies and Carolina real estate alumni.  We kicked off the trek with a visit to CBRE Group, Inc., to get a company overview from their Global Chief Operating Officer, Mike Lafitte, and an update on Read More

Houston, glad to meet you!

March 31, 2014 By Susan Drake Houston-Group

This blog was written by David Bookhout, MBA Class of 2015 On Tuesday evening March 11th, after a long bus ride from Dallas, the trek arrived in Houston, one of the “hottest” markets in the country.  Houston is known for its unique lack of zoning, and thus, ease of development.  In addition, Houston is currently creating eighty to one-hundred thousand well-paying jobs per year and the need for development is huge.  The students learned that, although from the outside Houston is viewed typically as a city dependent upon the oil industry, that the economy is significantly more diversified, relying as well on natural gas, medical facilities, educational institutions and various other industries for this tremendous growth.  The team spent two Read More

Impressive Start to MBA Recruiting Season

March 24, 2014 By Jim Spaeth Hines-Group-Shot

This post was written by Caren Howley, Associate Director, MBA Career Management Center UNC Kenan-Flagler is the place to be to secure a fantastic job in real estate! Recruitment of our MBA students began in earnest in January this year, earlier than ever, and we’ve seen a record number of firms come to campus to hire first- and second-year real estate students.  Allianz, EDENS, Greystar, Hines, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Prudential Mortgage Capital, Simon Property Group, and USAA Real Estate Company are just some of the 19 firms who have come on campus to recruit our students to real estate positions this year. Although it is only mid-March, 60% of UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA real estate students have already secured offers Read More

From the Big Apple to the Southern part of heaven

March 17, 2014 By Susan Drake Werner-Kratovil-480x327

This article appeared in UNC KENAN-FLAGLER NEWS on March 10th, 2014 When the economic downturn began in 2008, much of the real estate industry panicked. But Werner Kratovil (MBA ’10) saw an opportunity to advance his career. A quintessential New Yorker, Kratovil grew up on the Upper East Side. After he graduated from The University of the South: Sewanee, he landed a job as an associate at real estate consulting firm Robert Charles Lesser & Company (RCLCO) in the Washington, D.C. area. But Kratovil was eager to find an opportunity back home in New York. With the economic realities of the recession, he decided the time was right to pursue an MBA to help him stand out in the increasingly Read More

Students Complete ARGUS Training and Certification

March 6, 2014 By Susan Drake ARGUS Logo stacked

This blog was written by Paige Boddie, MBA Class of 2015 ARGUS has been on the minds of many real estate concentrators over the past few weeks, in particular how to lever the ARGUS certification in upcoming or ongoing interviews with employers. In the middle of January close to 50 MBA and BSBA students interested in commercial real estate gathered in the McColl Building for three days of ARGUS training.  Over the weekend, the group learned the power of the ARGUS software.  Training began on Friday morning and focused on the basics of ARGUS modeling including how to build rent rolls from scratch.  The pace quickly picked up and by Sunday afternoon, the class was able to model complicated partnership Read More