Housing Portfolio Management

  • General info
  • Quartile: 1-2
    Time Slot: A
    Course Type: Specialization Elective
    Code: 7ZU1M0
    Responsible Lecturer: I.V. Ossokina
    ECTS: 10
    Exams: No
    Required courses:

    None

    Course description:

    During 16 weeks students work in groups towards a long-term policy plan for a housing management organization. They take a role of a consultant who is asked to write this long term policy plan. The main question is: How should the housing portfolio develop in the coming years, taking into account the current situation, the regional housing market prospects, as well as the goals, strengths and weaknesses of the organization.

    Each group receives a region and a key performance indicator for their virtual organization.
    In the first week groups set up their housing management organization, including the portfolio, mission and vision. In the following weeks they work on different parts of the policy plan including:

    • Analysis of the current situation: Strengths, Weaknesses of the portfolio and the organization, Opportunities and Threats, competitors and stakeholders.
    • Identification of strategic issues and development of the long-term strategy.
    • Financial planning: cash flows, valuation of the housing stock, borrowing capacity, net present value of the investments, financial risks.

    The project combines insights from management, economics, finance, statistics, in application to housing real estate. It makes use of the active learning. Every week students get instructions in which main concepts, theories and techniques are explained, and receive individual and group assignments. Individual assignments train technical skills. In group assignments students apply the theories and concepts to their specific case. Students get weekly feedback on the assignments.



  • Other courses recommended by students
  • Useful preliminary courses:
    • Previous USRE (bachelor) projects
    • (bachelor) Urban Projects & Finance
    Useful follow-up courses:
    • No specific courses


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  • Additional information
  • Applied skills / methods:
    • Financial calculation + how to set up a portfolio
    • DCF method
    • SMART descriptions of missions and visions, concisive report writing, Discounted Cash Flow analysis, Management summary writing, extensive SWOT analyses, Risk management methods, target group analyses and portfolio analyses.
    • Executing market research and analysis, making financial calculations of a complete portfolio of a housing association, risk analysis and creating a cooperation plan with stakeholders. Furthermore, in general concise and in-depth writing
    • Collaboration, reviewing, calculations, writing report
    Project course: No


  • Metadata
  • Data source: Own survey
    Applied method: Questionnaire
    Response rate: 36%
    Sample size: 8
    Academic year: 2020-2021


  • Disclaimer: The following data has been collected by SERVICE among students that followed the Housing Portfolio Management Project in 2020/2021 Q1 and Q2. Based on this feedback or other causes, it is possible that the course will have a different set up in the future. Keep this in mind when you use these data for selecting your courses.