Real Estate Research & Forecasting (Basic)

Offered by School of Design & Environment

Short Course / 2 days / TGS-2021005284

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Course Information
Learning Outcomes
Course Schedule
Lesson Plan
Trainer Profile
Entry Requirements
Course Fees

Course Information

Acquire skills to harness data for better real estate investment decisions. Get trained by industry professionals in this course.

Learning Outcomes

This module will provide learners with the tools to perform desktop market research by themselves such that they will be able to infer and forecast, from various supply and demand drivers, how the market trends will unfold over the short term (e.g. next 1-3 years).

Learners will explore the various sources of market data and get a basic understanding of research methods used in real estate market studies. It will be complemented by some basic knowledge of statistics and quantitative techniques.

Learners will be given exercises to gain hands-on experience in collecting and analysing real estate market data.


Course Date: TBC
Application Period: TBC
Duration: 2 days
Time: 9am to 6pm
Delivery Mode: Classroom
Venue: TBC

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

Lesson Plan

Real Estate Market Segments Overview
  • Understanding real estate segments
  • Commercial (office, retail, hotels)
  • Residential
  • Industrial (factory, warehouse)
  • New types of real estate (data centres, co-living, co-working)
  • Tokenised real estate and BlockChain
Introduction to Real Estate Data
  • Understanding real estate data
  • Sources and definitions of real estate data
  • Related data: demographics, economics
  • Market research methodologies, surveys
  • Overview of statistical methods
  • Application of data analytics to real estate industry
  • Data analysis and extrapolation
  • Correlation and causation
  • Data presentation and data misrepresentation
Extrapolating & Forecasting Trends
  • Analysing supply and demand drivers for the main real estate segments
  • Leading and lagging indicators
  • Limits to forecasts: physical, economical
  • Financial forecasting of real estate markets (REITs, listed developers)
  • Forecasting demand/supply of physical real estate for rentals and buy/sell

Inter-dependence or overlap between different segments of real estate

Trainer's Profile

Harold Tan

Mr Harold Tan has 40 years of experience covering all sectors of the real estate market. He has held senior positions in real estate conglomerates such as Keppel Land, Ascendas, Frasers Property,  Jones Lang LaSalle and JTC Corporation.

In his current role as Director(Real Estate Strategies & Advisory) in Vestasia Pte Ltd , he carries out real estate consultancy, market and feasability studies and formulates strategies for real estate developers, real estate investment trusts (REITS), private funds and family offices.  He studies business and tech trends that affect real estate and monitors changes in the market place.  He examines how businesses are evolving with digital technology, identifies market opportunities and gaps, exit strategies, unique marketing mix relevant to changing consumer/customer expectations and watches for new usage of space and business models that disrupt traditional uses and leases.  His experience spans mixed use commercial developments, serviced residences, shopping malls, hi-tech business parks and mega townships in China,  ASEAN countries, India and Australia.

He was a professor in real estate development and market analysis at the National University of Singapore. He has also taught at Dubai Real Estate Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC),  Temasek Wealth Management Institute (Singapore), Asian Institute of Management (Manila) and University Ateneo de Manila.


For courses with assessment, a Certificate of Performance will be awarded to participants who meet the 75% attendance requirement and pass all required assessment(s).

A Certificate of Participation will be awarded to participants who meet the 75% attendance requirement but did not pass all required assessment(s).

Participants registered with professional bodies will be awarded the following:

– 4 CPD points

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should preferably have a real estate salesperson license.
  • Applicants interested in market forecasting and investments in stocks, properties, mutual funds etc.
  • Public and industry professionals are all welcome to attend this CPD Course.
  • Property agents serving customers who invest in properties.
  • Real estate salespersons with more than 2 years in active property transactions for themselves or clients.
  • Property Agencies, owners, KEOs, Investment Department executives, en-bloc or collective sales property agents.

Course Fees

Funding period for this course is from 24 Mar 2021 to 30 Sep 2024.
SkillsFuture Credit

All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website to choose from the courses available on the Training Exchange course directory.

Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)
NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year (or up to $500 for NTUC members aged 40 years old and above) when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme). Please visit e2i’s website to find out more.

Enhanced training support for SMEs
For enhanced training support for SMEs, enter SME in the promo code during course application.

Long Term Visit Pass Plus (LTVP+) Holders
Please furnish the following documents to the course administrator to qualify for SSG funding:
Self-sponsored learner (**LTVP+): Copy of your green visit pass card, with the word ‘PLUS’ on the back of the card.
Co-sponsored learner (##LTVP+): Copy of valid and current Letter of Consent (LOC) from MOM

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.


(Course fee is payable upon acceptance. It is inclusive of 8% GST and subject to review.)

Please note that the GST rate will be revised to 8% with effect from 1 Jan 2023, as such any payable course fees will be subjected to the new GST rate adjustments in 2023.

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Applicants / Eligibility Fees
Full course fee $540.00
Singaporeans aged below 40 qualified for SkillsFuture Funding $160.50
Singaporeans aged 40 & above qualified for SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy $60.50
Singaporeans qualified for Enhanced Training Support for SMEs $60.50
Singapore Permanent Residents & **LTVP+ qualified for SkillsFuture Funding $162.00
Singapore Permanent Residents & ##LTVP+ qualified for Enhanced Training Support for SMEs $62.00
Others (and Repeat Students)$540.00