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Despite the recent dip in the price of oil, a commodity that has a direct effect on Houston’s local economy, Houston’s commercial real estate market is projected to remain on a steady path of continued growth. To provide its students a chance to tap into this increasingly complex, highly competitive, fast-paced industry and to provide Houston with a diverse workforce, TSU’s Jesse H. Jones School of Business now offers a Commercial Real Estate Finance Class beginning in the spring of 2015.

Conceived by Ronald Johnson, JHJ dean, along with Professor Zahid Iqbal, department chair and lead instructor, the real estate finance class will be an elective for all business students. It will be open for the general student population in the fall of 2015. Students will be required to meet GPA and other criteria to enroll in the course. Summer courses will be offered as the demand for the class continues to grow.

This course will add value to our finance classes, said Iqbal. “It will engage students in discussions about the development, financing, legal aspects and marketing of real estate and teach students the impact of certain trends on the economy as a whole.”

Some of the industry’s foremost experts have been lined up to guest lecture to the students, including well-known Houston real estate developer David Mincberg (sp) who currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Flagship Properties Corporation (“FPC”), a Houston based real estate investment firm.

To date there are 8 finance majors, one management major and one math major in the new class.

Submitted By: Texas Southern University

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