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Real Estate Research Institute

Overview

We study trends in the Louisiana real estate market for the benefit of growth and development throughout the state. Established in part with funds from the Louisiana Real Estate Commission in 1985, various private sources and grants have provided continued funding for the institute.

The institute partners with the Baton Rouge Association of Realtors to host the annual TRENDS in Baton Rouge Real Estate seminar, which was established as a means of professional outreach and typically has 300-500 attendees. We continue to be recognized for our publications in U.S. real estate journals, and continue to secure grants for the purpose of supporting doctoral students.

Students have access to ARGUS software and the opportunity to become certified on this vital real estate standard to gain valuable skills and credibility in the industry prior to graduation. Additionally, students can join the Student Real Estate Association (SREA), which aims to provide connectivity, education, and guidance to students interested in the real estate industry. The association strives to promote the development of skills and knowledge beneficial to employment and investment opportunities in the real estate field.

Argus

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Along with its 32 networked workstations and twelve Bloomberg terminals, the SMART Lab now also features ARGUS on every networked computer. This was made possible through a $200,000 software donation from Argus to use toward the company’s real estate software for real estate valuation and investment analysis. Becoming ARGUS certified affords students a unique opportunity to obtain valuable skills and credibility in real estate prior to graduation.

Argus Software Access

Student Real Estate Associations

The Student Real Estate Association is an organization that aims to provide connectivity, education, and guidance to students interested in the real estate industry. The Student Real Estate Association's goal is to promote awareness of career opportunities in the business-related areas of real estate. The association strives to promote the development of skills and knowledge beneficial to employment and investment opportunities in the real estate field. These goals are achieved through contacts with professional personnel from local real estate businesses and associations. Through its efforts, the SREA yields a supportive network of students with the singleness of purpose to prosper in the real estate industry.