Starting a Real Estate Project


Popular Courses Offered by University of Rhode Island's Office of Strategic Initiativesreal estate development

Getting Started in Real Estate Development
For anyone thinking about purchasing or acquiring an interest in a real estate project, this course will address the fundamentals of investing in real estate. As part of this discussion, this course provides an introduction to real estate with a focus on economics, law, finance, architectural design, development, marketing, and planning. Real estate development is a complex process involving numerous players including, developers, bankers, financial managers, investors, architects, engineers, contractors, community interest groups and a host of government agencies and departments at the local, state, and the federal governments. Critical to this discussion is an understanding of how the planning process shapes development proposals.

Architectural Design for the Non-Professional
This course is designed for anyone contemplating a major renovation or design of a new home or commercial property, and introduces the principles of architectural design. The role design can have in creating value for the user and investor will be addressed. As part of this discussion, critical issues which shape the design solutions for commercial and residential development will be presented including: adjacent use, public transportation, pedestrian access, massing, FAR (floor height ratio), sun, and shade. Participants will develop a sensitivity to consumer choice in shaping the details of a design solution. Examine strategies for making buildings net-zero energy. Participants will have the opportunity to develop a program and design concept for a commercial or residential project. During the process of developing a design, participants will be introduced to both traditional and computer-aided design techniques. A goal of this course is to improve the process of engagement with architects and other design professionals.

Instructor: Richard M. Levy, M.Arch, PhD, College of Business, University of Rhode Island 

Credits: 1 CEU per course

Getting Started in Real Estate Development, $249
Meets July 30, August 6, August 13 and August 20 from 9-noon
Westerly Education Center

Architectural Design for the Non-Professional, $249
Meets August 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 9-noon
Westerly Education Center

Enroll in both and save $48.
$450 for both courses

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