Special Topics in Management: Real Estate Finance and Investment

Mark Karlan

Special Topics in Management: Real Estate Finance and Investment

Management department

Mark Karlan

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Ratings

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Overall 5.0
Good
Hard
Easiness of class 3.5
Easy
Heavy
Workload 5.0
Light
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 5.0
Clear
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 5.0
Helpful
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Often Funny
  • Would Take Again

Grades

Spring 2019
24.3%
20.3%
16.2%
12.2%
8.1%
4.1%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2019
29.9%
24.9%
19.9%
15.0%
10.0%
5.0%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 11, 2020
Grade Received: A

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!

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted April 28, 2020 Grade Received: B+

I would recommend this class. You learn a lot of good real-world stuff. It's a good intro to finance even if you aren't particularly interested in real estate. Professor Karlan is really knowledgable, engaging, and fair. Pretty light workload. Just a midterm, final, and clicker questions during lecture. Midterm and final are open book, but you still need to study because there is a time crunch (especially for the midterm). If you actually go to class, take decent notes, and study for a few hours before the exams you'll be set. The TAs were also really helpful and basically tell you what's going to be on the exams, so be sure to actually attend the review sessions.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Often Funny
  • Would Take Again
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