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Real Estate Finance: Fundamentals (Completed)

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.

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

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