January 2017 - Undergraduate Update

With 13 seniors graduating this past December, there are now 140 students in the undergraduate Real Estate Certificate program. Our spring senior class consists of 64 students who are required to have an internship during their senior year. Some of the internship placements include Verdad Real Estate, Monarch Investments, Colliers International, Keller Williams, 8Z, Richfield Homes, Jones Lang LaSalle, Tryba Architects, Coldwell Banker and HFF among others. The seniors attend a 3-credit Real Estate Internship class on Monday nights. The class includes a mock interview and résumé review with Leeds Career Development staff as well as participating in a group presentation on a real estate career of their choice. During each class, the seniors have an opportunity to talk about their internship experiences and share their “highs & lows” with the rest of their peers. For further information on hiring our undergraduates for either internships or permanent positions, please contact Lisa Chambers.

Real Estate Club

The Club’s line-up of meetings in the fall had a multitude of outstanding speakers. CUREC Executive Director Mike Kercheval spoke at the first Club meeting discussing his career path, his years at ICSC and his commitment to bringing a global view of real estate to CU’s real estate students. Joe Neguse, the Executive Director of Colorado DORA (Department of Regulatory Agencies) spoke to the Club members about how the Division of Real Estate fits into DORA and his need to balance consumer protection with the business needs of the licensed real estate professional. Another speaker, Gabe Bodner, discussed how technology is changing the access to real estate information. The Club sponsored two construction site tours and a day of volunteer service building a house for Habitat for Humanity in Longmont. The Club had a evening industry event interacting with many of the professional organizations (NAIOP, ULI, CREW, ICSC, BOMA, etc) and students signed up for student memberships in these organizations. The fall semester ended with a panel of young real estate alumni speaking to Club members about their careers and giving tips for landing the “right” job. Club attendance continues to be strong with 30-40 students attending each meeting.

Spring semester Club speakers will include the director of the Colorado Division of Real Estate and a panel on the business of cannabis in Colorado and how it affects real estate plus two more construction tours.

Student Treks

In early November, sophomores interested in real estate and upper classmen in the Real Estate Certificate program went on a local Trek to visit Cherry Creek North developments in Denver. The day started by watching the CU team compete at DU at the Sherm Miller Real Estate Case Competition involving teams of undergraduate real estate students at CU, DU and CSU. From there the “trekkers” went to lunch the new Halycon Hotel in Cherry Creek North courtesy of Alpine Bank and then walked around blocks of new developmentc in this formerly mom-and-pop retail area. The excellent tour was conducted by staff with BMC Investments.

Upcoming Co-Curricular Opportunites

Upcoming opportunities for undergraduates include a 6-week ARGUS course, a LEED Green Associate Exam Prep workshop, symposium speakers and special lunch events with CREW and other engaged real estate professionals.

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