Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. Optional for: L4fa, L4fu. Course coordinator: Senior Lecturer Ingemar Bengtsson,, Fastighetsvetenskap. Prerequisites: VFMS033 Mathematical statistics; and VFT045 Real Estate Economy. The course might be cancelled if the numer of applicants is less than 10. Assessment: Participation in project works and a final examination. Further information: The course is taught in Swedish and may be cancelled if fewer than 10 students apply. Home page:

The objective of the course is provide students with the tools to be able to understand and assess price formation in the real estate market from an overall perspective, as well as from financial, institutional and private economic perspectives.

Knowledge and understanding
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Be able to:

Skills and abilities
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Judgement and approach
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The course concerns the real estate market, with emphasis both on real estate and the market, in other words, both general theory as to price formation in the market and the particular characteristics which make the real estate market unique. The first part of the course addresses the time value of capital for cash flows containing a degree of uncertainty. The central moment in the modern portfolio choice theory and capital market theory is reviewed. Fundamental here is diversification through appropriately constructed portfolios and the price setting of risk in according with the CAPM-method. The assumptions for effective markets of different degrees and the logic behind the assumption on non-arbitrage are taken up and discussed. The connection between general capital market theory and practice applied valuation methods are analyzed with the help of current reports and articles.

The particular aspects of real estate, compared with other consumption or savings, are reviewed and analyzed in order to explain that which can appear as household over investment in real estate. The issue of how society's regulation of real estate ownership can be understood as motivated - or not - by the characteristics of real estate is helped with economic theory on transaction costs and collective choices.

The current situation in the real estate market together with current prognoses as to future price developments are discussed from scientific bases. A the last part of the course treats the direct influence on the community as to the character of real estate, through systems of regulation, residential policies or taxes.

de Ridder: "Finansiell ekonomi: om företaget och finansmarknaden". Compendium of articles.