Introduction to the Foundations of Real Estate

Online: On-Demand Course

Introduction to the Foundations of Real Estate

This course, taken on its own or as part of the Foundations of Real Estate (FoRE) certificate, has been developed to provide a broad overview of the commercial real estate industry. You will be introduced to topics and key concepts that provide an overview of the landscape of commercial real estate.

Overview

As a standalone introductory course or as part of the FoRE certificate program, this course provides you with a comprehensive overview of commercial real estate. You will learn about the real estate ecosystem, including the roles and responsibilities of primary players in this landscape; use and distinguish the fundamental financial concepts used by professionals in this field; recognize and understand the elements of the primary financial instrument used by professionals to describe the elements of a real estate development transaction: the pro forma; describe the risk/reward landscape of common real estate transactions such as purchases and leases; understand the ethical dimension of development by being able to describe the impact to the world and future generations of well-planned projects versus poorly planned projects.


This course counts toward the Foundations of Real Estate Certificate.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the real estate ecosystem, including the roles and responsibilities of primary players in this landscape.
  • Use and distinguish the fundamental financial concepts used by professionals in this field.
  • Recognize and understand the elements of the primary financial instrument used by professionals to describe the elements of a real estate development transaction: the pro forma.
  • Describe the risk/reward landscape of common real estate transactions such as purchases and leases.
  • Understand the ethical dimension of development by being able to describe the impact to the world and future generations of well-planned projects versus poorly planned projects.


All content is available for 90 days from first access. For extension inquiries, please email learning@uli.org.

ULI Learning is provided by the Urban Land Institute.

Topics

Development

Finance and Investment

Experience Level

  • Foundational

This course is designed for beginning-level participants looking for foundational information and insights.

Career Stage

  • Undergraduate Students
  • Universities
  • Beginning Real Estate Professionals

This course is perfect for you if you are a student without a business background considering a career in commercial real estate or a professional working in the industry who would benefit from a comprehensive overview created by faculty and practitioners committed to creating a better built environment.

Course Format

This course is available on demand online at your convenience.

Mark Eppli

Director of the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Introduction to the Fundamentals of Real Estate

Mark Eppli is Director of the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Previously, Eppli served as Interim James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration from 2012 to 2015 and as a professor of finance and Bell Chair in Real Estate at Marquette University. He has been instrumental in building the Center for Real Estate and real estate program at Marquette that has enhanced the reputation of the business school not just regionally but also nationally. 

Widely published in commercial real estate finance, development and valuation, his research has been published in dozens of top-respected real estate journals. Eppli is co-author of two books: Real Estate Development: Principles and Process and Valuing the New Urbanism, both published by ULI, the Urban Land Institute. Eppli is an independent board member for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago since 2012, and he is immediate past president of the nonprofit Real Estate Research Institute. He was named a "Distinguished Fellow" by NAIOP, a national commercial real estate organization, which recognizes him as a foremost real estate policy expert. He has also received awards from the Greater Washington Urban League and the Urban Land Institute for his efforts to attract minorities to the real estate profession.  Eppli earned his Ph.D., master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Pricing

  • ULI Members: $295.00
  • ULI Members (Government/NonProfit/Academic): $235.00
  • Non-Members: $395.00
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