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MIT School of Architecture and Planning

Commercial Real Estate Analysis and Investment

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Commercial real estate investments are appealing assets for investors seeking to diversify their portfolios - offering many advantages, including high-income potential and steady cash flows. However, due to the financial losses associated with mismanagement, these investments can be high risk.

The focus of this 6-week program is to bring the potential of lucrative commercial real estate to investors, while introducing key concepts and tools needed to reduce risk and make intelligent real estate investment decisions.

The program not only features guidance from industry experts, but also includes unique tools, terms and theories pioneered by Faculty Director and leading MIT Professor, David Geltner.

What will set you apart

Earn a certificate from the MIT School of Architecture and Planning in this online program and be empowered to:

  • Evaluate and select individual property investments by applying financial economic methods
  • Assess the feasibility of real estate development projects using economic principles
  • Explore the micro- and macroeconomic characteristics of the commercial real estate market
  • Use modern portfolio theory to manage real estate investments
  • Measure the performance of real estate investments using benchmarks, and use performance attribution to improve investment performance

Course curriculum

Hear from academic experts and industry thought leaders, such as Professor David Geltner, as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course:

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Financial economic concepts and tools for real estate
  • Module 2 The real estate system and the space market
  • Module 3 Micro level: property valuation and investment analysis
  • Module 4 Leverage, and financing the investment
  • Module 5 Macro level: strategic and tactical tools for portfolio management
  • Module 6 Investment analysis of real estate development projects


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...
W. Tod McGrath is a lecturer in MIT’s Center for Real Estate. He is also the president of advisoRE, LLC, which assists clients with real estate strategy, analytics, negotiation, and documentation. McGrath teaches introductory and advanced real estate finance and spreadsheet analysis courses for M...


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