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Real Estate Management Program: Finance, Design, and Leadership

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Real Estate Management Program: Four Trends in Real Estate Development

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Sep 29—Oct 4
6 days
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
USD 13000
USD 2166 per day


How do you achieve short-term stability and long-term growth in the unpredictable real estate marketplace? This program explores how forward-thinking real estate leaders are positioning their firms to seize growth opportunities and maximize asset value. Equipped with new strategies for enhancing operational efficiency, navigating market change, and unlocking new sources of capital, you will be ready to help your company compete more successfully in an increasingly complex industry.

Key Benefits

Focused on the best practices and emerging trends in the global real estate industry, this program helps you expand your real estate expertise and strengthen your strategic decision-making capabilities. You will gain critical insights into the finance and leadership issues facing the real estate development, design, and construction industries—and return with the frameworks to structure your organization for long-term growth.


Pursue the right opportunities

  • Identify and analyze emerging opportunities
  • Understand real estate benchmarking indicators
  • Evolve your firm's structure to match your strategy and growth stage

Effectively lead projects

  • Develop the optimal financing approach
  • Create more value through effective design
  • Deliver projects on time and on budget
  • Build and contract with industry talent

Expand your personal and professional network

  • Extend your network by living and working with accomplished executives from various backgrounds, industries, and countries across the globe
  • Build relationships with a diverse group of peers who can provide wide-ranging insights into your business challenges and career decisions

What You Will Learn

Through faculty presentations, case studies, interactive classroom exercises, and small group discussions, you will evaluate strategies for leading commercial real estate projects in a dynamic global marketplace. As you explore the latest approaches to capital assembly, design, and financial analysis, you will improve your ability to build the right strategies, overcome obstacles, and drive success.

Key Areas

How financial modeling unlocks value

  • Organizing joint ventures and private equity investors
  • Examining land valuation and market demand
  • Balancing financial analysis with project scope and aesthetics
  • Using scenario planning to minimize surprises and evaluate real options

How design creates value

  • Optimizing concepts in urban design, architecture, and the built environment
  • Analyzing customer segmentation and product strategy
  • Assessing branding in design by using a benefit/cost approach

How project leadership maintains value

  • Constructing and implementing effective communication strategies
  • Managing projects across vendors, suppliers, and capital sources
  • Exploring bidding, cost control, and project scheduling

How strategy helps real estate organizations grow

  • Analyzing how global economic and capital market scenarios affect business strategy
  • Leading your real estate organization through periods of market and industry change
  • Examining how to structure your organization for long-term business success

Who should attend

This program is designed for executives with considerable real estate industry experience, including:

  • Real estate owners and private real estate developers
  • Lending officers, investors, REIT officers, and fund managers and advisors
  • Real estate industry service providers, such as financial analysts, lawyers, architects, urban planners, and brokers


Chris Gordon has been a lecturer at MIT’s Center for Real Estate for over 20 years. He teaches a course on Innovative Project Delivery in the Public & Private Sectors in our MSRED program. As a practitioner, Chris serves as an advisor and manager on complex capital projects worldwide. He work...
Nori Gerardo Lietz is a Senior Lecturer of Business Administration in the Finance and Entrepreneurial Management Units. She presently teaches Real Estate Private Equity and Venture Capital and Private Equity. Nori Gerardo Lietz is the founder of Areté Capital, a real estate advisory firm.  Unt...
John Macomber is a Senior Lecturer in the Finance unit at Harvard Business School. His professional background includes leadership of real estate, construction, and information technology businesses. At HBS, Mr. Macomber''s work focuses on the urban impacts of private finance and delivery of publ...


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