Special Topics in Management: Real Estate Finance and Investment23>
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Karlan is the BEST professor I have ever had at UCLA. I have never been in a class where the professor cares so deeply about his students or puts so much effort into a class. He has custom made resources for each class (imagine how much time that would have taken). His lectures are engaging, he is a genuinely nice person and has a huge wealth of experience. He is a highly successful real estate investor himself with an incredibly impressive resume and weaves real world examples from his career into his lectures.
His lectures themselves are better than anything on Netflix. They’re clear, practical and are something to look forward to. There aren’t any assignments in this class, only a midterm and exam which are both fair and don’t contain anything that wasn’t covered during class. They’re open book and mostly excel based. The textbook isn’t required to do well in this class.
Karlan says that you need experience with Excel and a good foundation of finance to succeed in this class. I don’t think you need any background in Excel at all because he creates all the spreadsheets you’ll need. All you need in terms of finance is a conceptual understanding of discounting and annuities and very very basic interest theory (ie compounding).
The one criticism I have is that he sometimes speaks very fast (he speeds up as the class went on) and it would be nice if he slowed down a bit.
This is a GREAT CLASS!