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Excel modeling course created by UF Real Estate alumni lands two universities during pandemic downtime

In the fall of 2019, then-Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) students Mike Harris (BABA ‘19, MSRE ‘20), Connor Kreis (BSBA’19, MSRE ‘20) and James Barrios (BSBA ’19, MSRE ‘20) noticed that there was a lack of basic excel training programs at many universities. As problem-solving and innovative students, they decided to take matters into their own hands and create their own training program. That same semester, the three students launched a new real estate Excel

Virtual master class connects real estate students with industry professionals

While COVID-19 has impacted the way in which students at the Warrington College of Business gain professional development experience, the learning has continued via a virtual connection. In the case of students in the Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) program, learning from industry professionals was only a Zoom call away as part of a virtual master class offered for eight weeks this summer. The three-day-a-week class featured presentations from Bergstrom Advisory Board members, alumni and

This is what a virtual internship is like, according to a real estate student who completed one

As I began the Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) program this past fall as a combined degree student to begin advancing my education, background and network in the commercial real estate industry, I was excited about getting a hands-on learning experience at an internship this summer. I went through the internship recruiting process with several companies before accepting an offer with the Real Estate Advisory Group at Duff & Phelps in their Atlanta office. Shortly

New research finds commercial real estate prices are not equally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the world, the resulting economic consequences are negatively affecting people and businesses alike. With unemployment rates rivaling that of the Great Depression and many businesses hanging ‘closed’ signs in their windows, people are struggling to make essential payments – a major one being their personal and business properties. Between the lack of cash on-hand and rent strikes across the nation, commercial property owners have been hit hard. Real

Trends Conference provides transformational experience

By Andrea Johansson (MSRE ’20) The Trends Conference assembles annually and this year the conversation did not disappoint. Trends brings together professionals that may practice in vastly different areas within the commercial real estate sector, but for two days, they congregate to discuss overarching topics that effect national and global economic trends. Within that room you are just a few degrees away from every key player in global commercial real estate. This year, the conference began just one week before

Avison Young managing director named Bergstrom Center’s Alumnus of the Year

ORLANDO, Fla.—Nick Banks was honored as the 2020 Kelley A. Bergstrom Real Estate Center’s Alumnus of the Year at its annual Trends & Strategies Conference at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. Banks (BSBA ’90) is a principal and managing director with Avison Young and responsible for overseeing the firm’s activities in North Florida. He is the global leader of Avison Young’s Retail Affinity Group and also a member of the company’s US Executive Committee. “It was an amazing honor,” Banks said

Real estate students create Excel modeling course essential to industry success to aid peers

As told by Connor Kreis, James Barrios and Mike Harris When Connor Kreis (BSBA ’19, MSRE ’20) and James Barrios (BSBA ’19, MSRE ’20) entered the Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate program (MSRE) in the spring of 2019, they were excited and overwhelmed at the resources, classes and connections the program had to offer. However, one thing they noticed after talking with already enrolled candidate Mike Harris (BABA ’19, MSRE ’20) was that the MSRE program

Students experience Chilean real estate market firsthand

This October, Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate students traveled to Santiago, Chile for a week-long experiential learning opportunity. Two of these students, Shannon Hess and James Barrios, reflect on what they learned and experienced in Chile’s capital city. By Shannon Hess, BSBA ’19, MSRE ’20 During the 2019-20 school year, I am fortunate enough to be studying in the Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) Program. I was specifically drawn to this

Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate students benefit from mentorship of real estate professionals on UF Real Estate Advisory Board

By Liz Collins, BSBA – ISOM ’19, MSRE ’20 In the summer of 2014, I traveled to I Taueki village in Fiji, where I spent time volunteering to improve sanitation by enhancing facilities and conducting educational workshops. There, I came away with two things: the magnitude of always adding value and giving back and second, the desire to learn more about the way community infrastructures shape the business environment. This adventure inspired me to pursue a field where I add

Report: Average pay can’t buy the median home in Marion, Alachua counties

According to a new report from ATTOM Data Solutions, a group that tracks property data from the United States, the average wage earner in Alachua and Marion counties could not afford to purchase a mid-priced home. In Alachua County, the report shows that housing costs are higher than the national average and have increased by 2 percent since last June. The Ocala Star Banner spoke with Tim Becker, Kelley A. Bergstrom Real Estate Center Director, about this issue.