Introduction to Urban Commercial Real Estate Development for Non-Developers

Feed your head with a little commercial real estate knowledge.  Check out this course:

Real estate developers orchestrate the talents of many team members and balance the interests of a variety of constituents. As a creator of the urban landscape, the developer must navigate the challenging waters of complex public policy, private needs and desires and the constant risks and responsibilities associated with building a superior environment.

This intensive introduction to real estate development will communicate the basic skills necessary to be a successful developer and examine the required capabilities. You will be asked to participate in discussions and share your ideas on the challenges of real estate development. This is an interactive seminar with your comments, questions and ideas as an essential ingredient. This seminar offers the keys to the core issues facing real estate developers today such as:

What type of developer do you want to be?
How developers make money
Assessing the real value of land
Understanding land use, zoning and other public policies
The keys to successful development
Managing risk
How to conduct a preliminary financial feasibility
Important financial terms and ratios
Key aspects of developing each property type
The integrated stages of development
The different types of leases
How to borrow money
Details of joint venture structures
Purchasing notes and distressed properties

Who should attend?
Real estate brokers and associates
Mortgage brokers
Financial advisors and planners
Public officials
Real estate owners
Property managers

Course Prerequisites
None.  This course is designed to be accessible to individuals with little to no experience with urban development. 

Learning Objectives
Identification and understanding of basic skills required for developers
Recognizing common pitfalls of urban commercial developers
Discovery and application of solutions to common problems


Stephen Nostrand, UM MRED+U Adjunct Professor
Stephen Nostrand is CEO of Colliers International’s South Florida office. Colliers is one of the largest global real estate service companies. Stephen followed in the footsteps of his family and joined the commercial real estate world 40 years ago. His dad spent 60 years with one of the largest commercial real estate companies in the northeast United States and his brother is a real estate developer in the mid-west. Mr. Nostrand has been involved in all aspects of the real estate business including development, leasing, sales, financing and managing. Mr. Nostrand is a professor in the Masters in Real Estate Development + Urbanism program at the University of Miami.


Private Sector $ 375
Group (3+ from same company) $ 325
Public Sector/Nonprofit $ 275
Students and Faculty* $ 175

* Student/faculty must provide copy of ID or class registration.

 Required Materials
Optional: Calculator


Register and save $25 for early bird registration by December 19, 2012.

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* If you are paying by credit card, in order to receive early bird and other discounts, you must pay the full fee up front. Email  to request refund with the proof of group, public sector, student/faculty.

University of Miami School of Architecture
1223 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146
Rinker Classroom (Click here for a map)
Parking Information
We recommend parking in one of the two adjacent lots (click here for a map). Decals are not required on weekends.
If you choose to park at a meter, please pay as described on the meter. Do not park at an inoperative meter.  A citation may be issued to a vehicle parked at an inoperative meter.