Property Research in the Real World: Practical Applications

University of Cambridge

The Society of Property Researchers Committee and Fellows have put together a course focussed entirely on property research practical application which will be taking place on 28–29 November 2013.

As an SLA member you are entitled 25% off the standard course fee of £1,000 as an introductory launch offer, valid until 15 November 2013.

Madingley Hall Cambridge

28–29 Nov 2013

2-day residential training programme

Madingley Hall, Cambridge

Course fee:
£1,000 (for non-SPR members), £500 (for SPR members of 1 year or more),
25% off for SLA members.

Apply by:
15 November 2013


Research plays a key role in businesses involved in the global property market. Effective property researchers provide advice and analysis that informs investment decisions, impacting on the bottom line. This short course will equip you with the skills you need to take your career in property research to the next level.

The course takes place at Madingley Hall, a Grade 1 listed building three miles west of Cambridge. Fees include all teaching, meals and one night’s accommodation.

What will I be studying?

The course is divided into three modules:

1. What is property research?

  • Introduction to property research
  • The nature and evolution of property research
  • Where property research is applied and for whom
  • Framing research questions in a property context
  • The research and investment process

2. Applied research methods

  • Key metrics and variables tracked by property researchers
  • Property data sources
  • Global differences in data and definitions
  • Identifying key trends and market drivers
  • Introduction to valuation methods

3. Property investment and strategy

  • The strategy and research process
  • Portfolio construction
  • Use of debt finance in property investment
  • Available property investment conduits and their property research considerations
  • Benchmarking property performance

At the end of the course, you will participate in a practical team exercise to create a portfolio strategy with the guidance of an industry team leader.

A certificate of attendance will be given to participants who complete the course.

Entry and attendance requirements

The course is suitable for anyone with property research and/or industry experience.
All teaching will be in English, so you must feel confident that you are able to follow lectures and classes and take part in discussions in English.

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is the Institute of Continuing Education’s secure online resource space. You’ll be able to download reading materials and find links to relevant external resources as well as keeping in touch with your fellow delegates.

Discount for SLA members

An introductory discount fee of 25% available to applicants who are members of the SLA. Please contact Fiona Trott at ftrott@sprweb.com for more information.

Find out more…

For more information about this course visit www.ice.cam.ac.uk/property-research.

Teaching staff

Professor Colin Lizieri (Course Director)
Colin is Grosvenor Professor of Real Estate Finance at the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. He has published extensively in the fields of real estate finance and office market dynamics. He is a member of the Investment Property Forum research committee, and has acted as an expert adviser and consultant to the European Union, the UK and Norwegian governments, the Corporation of London, the City of Toronto and numerous private sector organisations.

Dr Robin Goodchild
Robin is Head of LaSalle’s European Research and Strategy Team of nine people who are responsible for the strategy for over €10 billion of property assets. His principal function is to identify opportunities in European property markets and to formulate strategies for investors to exploit those opportunities. He is also responsible for developing new ways to analyse markets and managing portfolios.

Dr Paul McNamara OBE
Paul worked for Prudential Property Investment Managers Ltd (later PRUPIM) between 1987 and 2012, becoming Head of Property Research in 1990. While there, he was responsible for the overall direction of property research and was also a Board Director for a number of years. Since retiring from PRUPIM, Paul has established a small consultancy, Linden Parkside, providing advice to organisations such as the Investment Property Forum.

Professor Andrew Baum
Andrew Baum is a part-time professor at the University of Reading. He has worked as an expert witness in areas related to real estate economics and finance. His teaching and research interests are focused on property funds and international real estate investment.

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About the Society of Property Researchers

The Society of Property Researchers (SPR) is a professional association for practising property researchers. It was set up to promote the knowledge and understanding of real estate research. It has a membership of over 500 individuals working in a variety of organisations, from surveying firms to independent research companies and academic institutions. The SPR is run by a committee of 20 industry experts, and serves as a catalyst in promoting industry-wide debates. See www.sprweb.com for details.

About the Institute of Continuing Education

The Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) provides opportunities for adult learners to study at the University of Cambridge on a part-time basis. As an academic department of the University, ICE is committed to the highest standards of excellence. Its diverse range of professional courses and qualifications are developed with guidance from leading Cambridge academics in collaboration with specialist industry bodies.

ICE is the oldest continuing education department in the country, and celebrates its 140th anniversary in 2013. It is based at Madingley Hall, a 16th-century country house on the outskirts of Cambridge, with state-of-the-art teaching space and accommodation for more than 80 students.