Introduction to Urban Commercial Real Estate Development for Non-Developers

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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.

January 27, 2018

8:30AM - 2:30PM

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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

Mr. Nostrand is the Florida President/COO of ONE Commercial Real Estate that was founded by Daniel de la Vega, the President of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty. ONE Sotheby’s has 850 agents in 11 offices throughout Florida

As the third generation in his family to specialize in commercial real estate, Stephen has a diverse background in not only executive leadership, but CRE service lines including investments sales and leasing brokerage, development, debt and equity capital markets, project management, strategic planning, asset and property management, receiverships, training and education. Prior to joining ONE Commercial Real Estate, he was CEO/COO of NAI Miami and CEO of the Colliers International South Florida office. Mr. Nostrand is a professor in the Master of Real Estate Development + Urbanism program at the University of Miami. 


Private Sector $ 375
Group (3+ from same company) $ 325
Public Sector/Nonprofit $ 275
Alumni and Faculty* $ 175
UM Students $ 100

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

Required Materials

Optional: Calculator


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University of Miami School of Architecture

1223 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146

Rinker Classroom


Parking Information

You may park at one of the Yellow lots adjacent to the School of Architecture. Decals are not required this time of year.


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.   

Refund Policy

Refund requests must be made in writing seven days prior to the start of the course, and will be charged a $50 processing fee. Refund requests will not be accepted seven days prior to the course. You may send a replacement, transfer requests must be made in writing.