This accounting case involves the evaluation of various alternatives based on a real-life personal property investment. The Condominium Townhouse Investment (CTI) case uses introductory management accounting concepts and analyses to introduce students to the case method of learning. The main concepts reinforced are relevant costs and revenues, including differentiating between opportunity and sunk costs. Students are not only asked to define and identify these items, but to consider choices centered on the decision alternatives in their role as accountants in public practice. This case is especially valuable because it offers students the chance to become engaged in an analysis and decision-making situation that they can relate to both personally and professionally because, one day, they themselves are likely to become involved in a home ownership decision. The case focuses on real estate as a personal business investment, and requires both qualitative and quantitative analysis, with more emphasis on the qualitative aspect. In addition, the teaching notes include methods and strategies for students to use in an introductory managerial accounting class or level-1 MBA class.

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Keywords Instructional case, Opportunity costs, Real estate, Relevant costs, Sunk costs
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Journal Accounting Perspectives
Wakil, G, & Petruska, K. (Karin). (2012). Condominium Townhouse Investment. Accounting Perspectives, 11(4), 323–332. doi:10.1111/1911-3838.12004