Real Estate Investment Analysis Certificate

Florida Atlantic University’s Real Estate Investment Analysis Certificate provides real estate professionals, homebuyers and sellers, and the many other real estate stakeholders the knowledge and analytical skills for understanding real estate transactions, valuation and analysis, pricing trends and housing market cycles in order to make more informed data-driven decisions.


Program Benefits

Making informed real estate decisions can be enhanced through a data-driven and financially focused approach. Understanding the different aspects of real estate finance and investment as well as the terms and tools essential for insightful analysis gives a competitive advantage to those working in the real estate environment (agents, brokers, appraisers and lenders) as well as to those participating in property investment (buyers, sellers and investors). Knowing how to perform real estate analysis aids in the acquisition and finance of properties and is highly valuable for maximizing future returns from real estate investments in both residential and income producing properties.

The course engages participants in real-world applied exercises and covers important topics—including, but not limited to, common and statutory law implications for real estate, valuation, contract law and negotiation, mortgage evaluation, mortgage pricing, CAP rates, the appraisal process, and more. As a live virtual course, participants may attend in person or online, and have 24/7 access to course material, discussions, recorded online lectures, and experiential learning activities.

Participants who take the course will:

  • Learn an essential real estate skill set to enhance personal real estate decision making and/or professional career
  • Improve understanding of applied real estate analysis
  • Understand the methodologies and procedures employed in real estate financing and investing
  • Identify local, regional and national real estate market cycles
  • Learn descriptive and analytical skills; quantitative skills are highly valuable in the real estate profession
  • Learn to investigate all facets of real estate finance and investment (data sources, etc.)


Course Topics

This applied course in real estate investment investigates the fields of valuation and focuses on current and future real estate decision making.

The course draws on decades of applying investment analysis to real estate decision making. Students engage with the course material through a combination of interactive lectures and problem solving as well as analytical investigation activities.

Key course topics include:

  1. The Valuation Paradigm
  2. Future and Present Value
  3. Solving for Time and Interest Rate
  4. Understanding Annuities
  5. Calculating Value of a Perpetuity
  6. Perpetuity Convergence
  7.  Convergence of Annuity to a Perpetuity – Higher vs. Lower Rates
  8. Identifying Cash Flows that Matter for Real Estate
  9. Valuing Real Estate as No-Growth Perpetuity and Constant Growth Perpetuity
  1. Net Operating Income (NOI) – Subject Property and Bookkeeping
  2. Valuing Real Estate – Misuse of CAP rates
  3. Dealing with Informational Uncertainty
  4. Appraisal Notes
  5. Sellers’ NET and Financial Asset Closings
  6. What are Sellers and Buyers Really Negotiating Over
  7. Contract Law
  8. Real Estate Contracts
  9. Pricing Trends


Program Details

  • Format: Saturdays | Live Virtual or On-Campus

  • Dates: TBD Summer 2023

  • Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Hours: 21 Hours / 2.1 CEUs

  • Fee: $1200

  • Location: BOCA RATON Campus or Live Virtual

Please contact the Program Coordinator for specific registration instructions,
If you are interested in taking this class as a non-degree seeking student.



Ken Johnson

Ken Johnson

Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Professor of Finance

Dr. Johnson has over a decade of applied experience in real estate specializing in the marketing of corporate- and lender-owned properties. Dr. Johnson is also a well-known scholar with numerous publications on the U.S. housing market, real estate brokerage, transactional real estate, real estate investment, and educational delivery and funding. Recent articles have appeared in the following journals:

  • Real Estate Economics
  • Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics
  • Journal of Housing Economics
  • Journal of Real Estate Research
  • Journal of Housing Research
  • The Appraisal Journal
  • Journal of Real Estate Practice and Education
  • Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management
  • Journal of Real Estate Law
  • Socio-Economic Planning Sciences

Currently, he is the editor of the Journal of Housing Research and serves as Publications Director of the American Real Estate Society. Dr. Johnson also served as the President of the American Real Estate Society ending his term in office in 2019.

Dr. Johnson’s main outreach initiatives are the Beracha and Johnson Housing Market Ranking published monthly, and the Beracha, Hardin and Johnson Buy vs Rent Index and Beracha, Hardin and Johnson Housing Affordability Index, which are published quarterly.  



Ideal Candidate

The course seeks participants, from seasoned professionals to those new in the real estate industry, who are interested in more informed real estate decision making:

  • Real Estate Professionals
  • Buyers and Sellers
  • Landlords and Tenants
  • Real Estate Investors
  • Real Estate Policy Decision Makers
  • Property Managers
  • Property Appraisers
  • Real Estate Attorney
  • Homeowner Insurers
Contact Us

Marc Savain
Program Coordinator
phone: (561) 297-2673
map: Bldg. 103, SF 129