Introduction to Real Estate Development Analysis
An excerpt from, "Introduction to Real Estate Investment Analysis" -- Learn how real estate developers and rehabbers evaluate potential projects
Just as with income-property investing, real estate development is a numbers game — and the only way to win is by understanding how the numbers work.
What is a project cost analysis? What kind of due diligence do I need to perform? How can I estimate the ultimate value of project? What kind of return on investment can I expect? Real estate expert Frank Gallinelli, ivy-league professor, best-selling author, and founder of RealData Software, teaches this master class. You will learn how to approach development projects intelligently, and how to separate the winners from the losers.
In this excerpt from his complete course, Frank covers the basics:
- The back-door approach — a use looking for a site
- The front-door approach — a site looking for a use
- Due diligence
- Project cost analysis, including an understanding of hard costs, soft costs, and imputed interest
- Development financing, including loan utilization factor
...then takes you through a series of virtual case studies that deal with three different development scenarios:
- Small office building development, where you demolish and rebuild
- Apartment building development, with a more detailed project cost analysis
- Phased commercial development, where you may be leasing some units while still developing others; with month-by-month planning for costs and loan draws
This development course is a subset of Frank's larger and more comprehensive course, Introduction to Real Estate Investment Analysis.
If you choose later to enroll in the complete course, you'll discover 54 videos covering a wealth of important topics:
- The Four Basic Returns
- The Vocabulary of Real Estate Investing
- The APOD and Income Capitalization
- Time Value of Money
- Real Estate Pro Formas
- Discounted Cash Flow Analysis
- Real Estate Investment Metrics
- Mortgage Financing and Underwriting
- Case Studies: Apartment, Mixed-Use, Triple-Net
- Real Estate Partnerships
- plus all of the content in this mini-course, Introduction to Real Estate Development Analysis
Frank Gallinelli is the author of the best-selling book, "What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know About Cash Flow..." now in its third edition, as well as other books and numerous articles on real estate investing and finance. A graduate of Yale University, he serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Real Estate Development at Columbia University. Gallinelli has been involved in real estate for more than 40 years and is the founder and president of RealData, a real estate software firm that has offered analysis and presentation tools for investors and developers since 1982. RealData provides educational resources for investors, as well as software and other tools for use in academic environments.
What are students saying about Frank's courses?
This is a great video series to learn how to calculate and evaluate income producing properties. The math is the same for all levels of investors. Frank makes sure that you don't just accept what is given to you but explains how to look beyond and see the big picture of the potential investment.
A helpful, insightful, and well-structured course that can take you from newbie to capable investor in relatively short order. Complex concepts are well explained and well illustrated with examples.
I felt this course was extremely useful for my start of multi-family apt investment. I had Frank's book, but this course was perfect for me. I have full confidence my ability to analyze different properties.
This is an AWESOME course. I only passed through once however, I will go through it again. I believe if I can master the thought process as well as the the tools and techniques. I will have a competitive edge in making, presenting and operating all property classes. Thank you for your time hard work and due diligence putting this course together. It is everything you're not told at the seminars.
I felt that this course has properly formed me to make informed, calculated and intelligent decisions in regards to my future real estate investment portfolio. You're the man Frank! I will highly recommend this course to anyone interested in the real estate investment world.
“Dear Mr. Gallinelli, thanks so much for explaining the hierarchy of a pro forma for an income producing property in a very simple way. Your skill to translate investment concepts in a clear fashion to real estate investors is outstanding” --Maibi Rojas
Great course - especially for a beginner commercial investor like me.
The case studies were very very helpful to better understand the lesson in not only mathematically/numbers, but also conceptually and how a certain situation goes by in real life.
Your skill to translate investment concepts in a clear fashion to real estate investors is outstanding.
StartReal Estate Project Feasibility: The Back Door Approach, Part 1 (9:05)
StartReal Estate Project Feasibility: The Back Door Approach, Part 2 (11:29)
StartReal Estate Project Feasibility: The Front Door Approach (9:45)
StartSmall Office Building Development - Case Study, Part 1 (10:11)
StartSmall Office Building Development - Case Study, Part 2 (18:11)
StartApartment Development - Case Study, Part 1 (13:32)
StartApartment Development - Case Study, Part 2 (11:55)
StartPhased Commercial Development Project - Case Study (16:33)
StartQuiz, Real Estate Development
Frequently Asked Questions
We make no assumptions about your prior background or experience. The course will start with the basics, and from there it will move gradually into topics of greater depth.
Not at all. You'll find the math to be surprisingly simple, and I take special care to explain it clearly, with plenty of examples. Real estate investing is all about the numbers, and success comes to those who understand how the numbers work and what they mean.
Development course — a subset of the main course — includes eight video lessons. The complete course includes 54 videos totaling more than nine hours -- and growing. Each video is about 7 to 18 minutes long. You can watch each lesson as many times as you like to master its content. You will be able to access additional video lessons as they are added.
No. For lessons that focus on metrics or calculations, we provide a good number of practice problems and answers. We also include several spreadsheet templates that you can use to make many of the calculations and perform some of the analyses discussed in the course. We also provide quizzes so you can test your understanding of the material you've studied.
You don't need any outside software to take the course, although we do recommend you have Excel or a similar spreadsheet so that you can take advantage of the templates we provide. When you begin working on real deals of your own, we hope you'll take advantage of the powerful and sophisticated tools offered at realdata.com
"The course taught the most important concepts that I need to know in my early stage of learning real estate finance. The instructor has a keen talent for explaining the initially mind-boggling concepts in a painless way through easy-to-understand language and examples. I recommend this course to anyone who has any interest in the real estate field."
Professor Gallinelli has the magic to make complicated concepts easy to understand. ... I feel much more confident to analyze a property based on all the available information and to make informed decisions with limited information.
I found the course to be the perfect complement to your book. I appreciated the fact that each video is short which allows the user to digest the material in a simple fashion. I also like the fact that you incorporated a quiz to test my knowledge of each concept. All in all it was really what I was hoping for and I have way more confidence today when analyzing income properties than I did before the course.