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Real Estate investing

One-Week Summer Business Program 2024

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Interested in applied math? Enjoy business? Want to make a lot of money? Then this program is for you. Whether you are imagining a side hustle flipping homes, renting out a property as an AirBnB, or considering becoming a mortgage loan officer, luxury home builder, or real estate investment trust analyst (all lucrative options!), you will learn what it takes to get you there. This program will be brought to life with a series of hands-on activities such as conducting an appraisal of an actual home on the market, filling out a residential loan application, and constructing an amortization table.

Students will go out into the field. Our beautiful Downtown Boston location is only steps away from luxury properties and major commercial buildings—ideal stomping grounds for the future real estate tycoon! Important guest lecturers such as real estate agents and builders may be featured as well. Here is a day-by-day, up-close look at what we may cover. 

First, we’ll begin with the essential base knowledge you need to know. What does it mean to be pre-qualified for a loan? What does the loan process look like? You’ll learn crucial terminology such as purchase and sale agreement, and you’ll learn how a sale is closed. Students will complete their own appraisal and analyze the current market with a new ability to read the direction the market is heading in.

Next we will focus on lucrative careers in banking and real estate. Successful Loan Officers make well into the six figures. What do you need to know in these fields? You’ll learn about amortization rates, appraisals, and how to safely make a deal. How do you determine a down payment? What are the terms of a loan – is it a 15 year fixed loan, for example? How are these loans calculated? What is an ARM loan? A home equity loan? How is all of this done by the bank? 


July 15 – 19, 2024 | Boston

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Students also get to dive into the world of side hustles. Do you imagine raking in money on the side of your primary career? You could buy a vacation home and rent it to friends. You could work with a rental company that will find you tenants, such as real estate agencies and property management agencies. How would it benefit you to work with AirBnB? Is that better than VRBO? What’s the difference between mid-season and high-season rates? Does it benefit you to acquire repeat tenants who rent every year? Does that benefit you and the resale value? What is the cost/benefit analysis – does this property bring you both profit and enjoyment? You can look into the difference between month-to-month rentals and yearly rentals, the benefits of buying and renting condos or owning duplexes or two-family homes, and how you could find success in being an owner and landlord to tenants. 

Finally, you will explore the option of joining an Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) firm. There you could be employed as an REIT analyst, a financial analyst, or accountant, all of whom help buy and manage a portfolio of numerous properties. Managed properties could include real estate such as office buildings, hotels, resorts, factories, and malls. You will then learn how, at one of these firms, you would monitor cash flow and expenses on an ongoing basis and decide when to sell. You will also learn how to calculate return on investment for the owners and stockholders. On the flipside, you’ll also learn about the “go it alone” route. You may consider becoming a builder, so you’ll learn how to assess the value of land, how to secure a loan, and what type of time frames and expenses are would be looking at. Do you consider becoming a developer, building multi-home subdivisions, condo complexes, or office parks? What about flipping and selling homes, working in building or contracting? The bigger the project, the bigger the reward!

Student Comments from Summer 2023

During the program we discussed many jobs and opportunities in the real estate business. We talked about different films and forms of real estate like REITs, Private Equity, and house flipping. My teacher was very knowledgeable on business and the topic. I liked that we would have worksheets to do, it was great for practice and understanding.’

I enjoyed the various hands-on activities. Going out and appraising real houses and comparables, calculating the ROI, small research projects, and actually speaking with experienced speakers (especially in person).’

I was also very impressed with the amount of information I was able to obtain in just a week. I am very thankful that I had a teacher that I could relate to and who was genuine in helping us understand the context and what field we could pursue.’

Note: This page represents our best expectations for the program we will deliver, but is subject to change. We will update this page as new information becomes available.

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