Fundamentals of Real Estate Finance for Non-Financial Professionals

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - May 24, 2023 
Every Wednesday
6 - 8 p.m. MST

In the commercial real estate industry, the ability to understand, interpret and react to the information contained in a company's financial statements, finance policies, rates of return or tenant's financial statements can provide you with insights to position you way ahead of the competition. This course features financial concepts, standards, practices, and controls to ensure you are charting the path for growth and development as a knowledgeable industry professional. Knowing how financial information is derived and used will increase confidence in your ability to communicate effectively with company leadership, tenants, owners, and investors. This course will be taught online by six commercial industry professionals from across the country, all nationally known and all with over 20 years teaching their areas of expertise to commercial real estate audiences.

Those who should attend are University students and real estate professionals whose primary job responsibilities are outside of the finance discipline but have implications for project decisions, corporate structure, asset management, strategic planning, valuation, and property or portfolio performance measurement. 

Class Schedule:

Wednesday, April 19: Evolution of commercial real estate
Wednesday, April 26: Finance & accounting principles — understanding and interpreting financial statements
Wednesday, May 3: Understanding Rates of Return and Making Investment Decisions
Wednesday, May 10: Commercial Real Estate Leasing: How Vision, Objectives, Pro Formas and Lease Language Impact Value 
Wednesday, May 17: Analyzing sales reports and lease data to manage commercial real estate assets
Wednesday, May 24: Effective Leadership in Finance - The Strategic Business Plan

Key Takeaways from the course:

  • Gain a general understanding of key financial and accounting concepts and terminology
  • Develop knowledge of the landlord's perspective of real estate operations and valuation
  • Analyze financial reports and statements to interpret data and inform strategic decisions
  • Evaluate financial risks and opportunities in your porfolio
  • Practice implications of lease language, valuation techniques and acquisitions using business scenarios and case analysis

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