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Winning Cornell MRP team going for gold at Maryland real estate competition

(Image: Floriane Vita/Unsplash)
(Image: Floriane Vita/Unsplash)

A team of Cornell MRPs is headed to Maryland next month to compete in the Colvin Case Study Challenge, a real estate competition that asks university teams to document a development in their metro region. Cornell’s winning team—comprised of Sara Trigoboff (MRP ’19), Ethan Wissler (MRP ’20), and Zachary Decker (MRP ’20)—entered the competition as part of Baker Program in Real Estate Director Dustin Jones‘s Real Estate Development Process II, a graduate course open to Baker, Johnson, MRP and M.Arch students.

On December 8, these students will deliver a 30-minute presentation to a jury of real estate professionals at the University of Maryland, College Park for a change to win a grand prize of $10,000. Second, third, and the honorable mention teams will win $2,500.

The Colvin Case Study Challenge is distinctive among real estate competitions because it asks participants to evaluate a project after the ribbon-cutting. The competition description states that “[the] Challenge is designed to hone professional skills and reveal the knowledge base and understanding of markets, project valuation, finance, urban design and sustainability, entitlement processes and operational issues.” The final for Professor Jones’s course mirrored the competition submission, but participation in the competition was optional.

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