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Real Estate Finance (Fundamentals)

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The Real Estate Finance: Fundamentals course is a “finance boot camp” for real estate developers, investors, lenders, lawyers, and other real estate professionals who need to analyze the financial feasibility of real estate development ventures.

Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of how investment returns are calculated and how income producing assets are valued. Designed for those without a financial background, this course integrates finance theory and taxation principles with conventional real estate practice.


Participants of this course will:

  • Understand the financial infrastructure underpinning real estate development
  • Learn how financial drivers such as capital structure, investment returns, and taxes motivate stakeholders
  • Understand the combination of factors that determine financial feasibility

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 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.


Biography Walter Torous is founding director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate and Professor of Finance at UCLA Anderson.  He teaches managerial finance, real estate finance, and empirical methods in finance. Dr. Torous’ research interests include the pricing of financial instruments (options,...