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Credit markets have made a strong comeback since the global financial crisis. Fears of a global financial system meltdown have now been replaced by concerns about asset valuation bubbles, too much capital chasing too few high quality investment opportunities, the desperate search for investment returns, and the volatility resulting from reduced government stimulus. To be successful in today's uncertain market, commercial real estate industry participants need an understanding of the most commonly used real estate financial analysis techniques, approaches to financial modeling, newly available real estate data sources and indices, and quantitative tools available to manage portfolio risk.

This course provides insights into analyzing the financial risks and opportunities in today's marketplace by utilizing quantitative analytics taught in popular graduate courses at MIT. Current real estate finance market dynamics and trends, the rapid return of securitization, example transactions and identification of the most active capital sources will also be discussed.


Participants will learn to:

  • Understand fundamental financial economic concepts and tools as applied to real estate investment.
  • Become conversant with the cutting-edge of real estate investment, relevant for institutional investment management.
  • Understand the basics of real estate risk management techniques and products.

Who should attend

This course is applicable to a wide range of professionals across the real estate, banking, finance/investment, and insurance industries. Specifically, the course may be of interest to analysts and investment professionals, fund managers, investment portfolio managers, financial advisors, investment bankers, fixed-income analysts, financial risk managers, global financial market specialists, and professionals working in macroeconomic policy. More generally, this class can be valuable to anyone dealing with global financial markets and real estate investments


Professor David Geltner has been at MIT since 2002, where he has held the George Macomber Chair and currently is Professor of Real Estate Finance in the Department of Urban Studies & Planning with a joint appointment in Engineering Systems in MIT’s School of Engineering. Geltner served as Ac...
Robert M. White, Jr., CRE, FRICS, President of Real Capital Analytics Inc., founded the company in 2000 to bring greater transparency to the investment markets by providing real-time data of capital flows and prices of commercial properties. He is a noted authority on the real estate capital mark...
Mike Acton, CFA, is a Managing Director and Head of Research at AEW. He works closely with the Fund’s investment management team in the development of the Fund’s investment strategy and criteria. Mr. Acton joined the firm in 1990 and has 31 years of experience as an economic analyst and forecaste...
Manish Srivastava is a coach, facilitator & an artist. His vision is to co-create an ecosystem of leaders who take their inner transforming journeys and co-create well-being for all. Since 2006, Manish has been working with top leaders across business, government, UN agencies & NGO secto...
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