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FM3100 Real Estate Development and Real Estate Economics

Physical property (plots of land and buildings) are the arena for activities in most organisations. Development, procurement (purchase or hire) and changes to property (land use/right of use and/or assets) are some of the most important decisions made in an organisation, as such decisions form the long-term basis for the organisation's location, capital expenditure, capacity etc. In many instances, a Facility Manager will be involved in processes in which organisations procure, develop, change or dispose of property.

Recommended prior knowledge

ØABED1000 Financial Accounting and ICT, ØAMET1000 Mathematics, ØASØK1000 Microeconomics, ØABED1100 Managerial Accounting, ØAMET1100 Statistics, ØASØK1100 Macroeconomics, ØABED2000 Investment and Finance and FM2100 Buildings, Infrastructure and FM (Hard FM) or equivalent.

Required prior knowledge


Learning outcome


The student has knowledge of

  • the development of different types of property
  • how real estate markets are affected by the location and status of cities, urban and population growth, travel times, travel and transport costs
  • the main segments in the real estate market
  • land use/hire market (urban economics) versus the property ownership market (financial economics)
  • market indicators for the property markets and financial and non-financial key figures for property
  • the principles for and methods of valuing property and calculating returns on property
  • the financing and depreciation of property


The student is capable of

  • applying academic knowledge to analyse the property markets
  • applying academic knowledge to perform own/hire analyses and to value property
  • applying academic knowledge to calculate the return on property investments
  • applying academic knowledge to calculate alternative costs for property


The student is capable of

  • critically reflecting on the development, procurement, use, change and disposal of property
  • seeing the subject in a greater societal perspective
  • exchanging points of view and experience with other specialists/experts and contributing to developing good practice

Organization/Study methods

A variety of teaching methods will be used, such as lectures, plenary discussions, practical exercises, group work and study trips. The students are expected to work on the practical exercises, take part in discussions and participate in study trips.

Course requirements

The following coursework requirements must be met in order to take the exam in the course: 

  • One individual written report. Scope: 3 pages / 1200 words.
  • One written report by groups of 3-5 students. Scope: 3-5 pages / 1200-2000 words.

If the required coursework is not approved, a revised and improved version must be submitted by the deadline stipulated by the lecturer.


A supervised, individual four-hour exam is held at the end of the semester.

See a separate list of allowed aids that will be published before the exam.

A grade scale with grades from A to E for pass and F for fail is used.

Each answer paper is assessed by two examiners, one external and one internal.


Barrett, P. & Baldry, D. (2003). Facilities management: Towards best practice   (2nd ed.). Oxford: Blackwell Science. [Chapter 3]

Geltner, D., Miller, N. G., Clayton, J. & Eichholtz, P. (2014). Commercial real estate analysis and investments . Mason, OH: OnCourse Learning. [Chapter 1–16]

Various articles/data about real estate development and the Norwegian real estate market (housing, industry, public buildings, valuation, etc.)

Supplementary reading

Booty, F. (2009). Facilities management handbook   (4th ed.). Oxon: Routledge. [Chapter 3]
Electronic version (Booty, 2009)

Roper, K. O. & Payant, R. (2014). The Facility Management Handbook   (4th ed.). New York: AMACOM. [Section III and V]
Electronic version (Roper & Payant, 2014)

Wiggins, J. M. (2014). Facilities Manager's Desk Reference   (2. utg.). Hoboken: Wiley.
Electronic version (Wiggins, 2014)

The syllabus is under revision . It is recommended to wait until the beginning of the term before purchasing curriculum books.

(Literature list last updated: 30.06.2017. Biblioteket P35/bmn)

About the course

Real Estate Development and Real Estate Economics Bachelor's programme in Facility Management 7,5 ECTS 5 English 2017-2018

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Generell studiekompetanse. I tillegg anbefales det Grunnleggende årsregnskap med IT, Matematikk I, Mikroøkonomi I, Bedriftsøkonomi, Statistikk, Makroøkonomi I, Investering og finansiering og Buildings, Infrastructure and FM eller tilsvarende.

Medio august Pilestredet Semesteravgift: Kr. 600,00
Kopiavgift: Kr. 220,00
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