Professional Development Institute
MIT Distance Learning Courses
Webex conferencing considerations
Equipment and environment: You will need a computer with a web camera and a headset for participating in the course via Webex. Prior to the course, you will receive an invitation via email for both the test connection and the course itself. A link will be provided that will connect you to the Webex session, along with a conference ID and password. The system can also dial out to your phone, but a headset is recommended for the best audio quality possible. A test will be scheduled prior to the start of the course to test your connection to Webex and confirm functionality.
Real Estate Finance: Fundamentals
July 15th & 16th
This course is 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.
- Understand the financial infrastructure underpinning real estate development
- Learn how financial drivers such as capital structure, investment returns, and taxes motivate stakeholder
- Understand the combination of factors that determine financial feasibility
W. TOD MCGRATH is a Lecturer in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) and teaches introductory and advanced real estate finance and spreadsheet analysis courses for MIT’s Master’s in Real Estate Development program. Mr. McGrath is the President of advisoRE, LLC which assists clients with real estate strategy, analytics, negotiation, and documentation and is a frequent lecturer on the topic of negotiating development-phase and operating-phase agreements pertaining to real estate ventures.
Mr. McGrath has written a number of papers on real estate finance, and is a two-time recipient of the Shidler Award.
Previously, Mr. McGrath was Sr. Vice President at McCall & Almy, Inc. in Boston, where he helped formulate and implement real estate acquisition and disposition strategies for corporate clients. Prior to that, he was at Winthrop Financial Associates where he had primary responsibility for stock selection and portfolio strategies for the Pioneer Winthrop Real Estate Investment Fund.
Mr. McGrath graduated with a B.A. in Economics, from Columbia College, and received his M.B.A from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.
Registration & Fees
Course Fee: $1,750
The program fee covers tuition, course reader, continental breakfast, and light refreshments. Registration and payment must be made at least two weeks prior to the course start date. Course information, including the reader, will be made available once payment is received.
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