RDEV600-690 All Real Estate Courses



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Catalog Description

RDEV 689C/689V, Introduction to Real Estate Principles, Process and Practice (3)

Students with no background in finance or real estate and limited skill with financial tools may be required to take RDEV 689C/689V, 3 credits of introductory course in real estate practice, to obtain the necessary background skills, preparatory to moving on to the required core courses.


RDEV 688K, Tax and Accounting for Developers (3)

Students may take this either as a required preparatory course or as an elective, as it provides both the language and practice of tax and accounting to prepare developers to work closely with accountants in structuring complex financings and sophisticated tax advantaged projects.


RDEV 688V, Introduction to Appraisal and Valuation (3)

A focused course in valuation that requires students to complete a professional appraisal report.


RDEV 689M, Market Analysis and Valuation (3)

An elective or leveling course that introduces students to market analysis and requires them to undertake a market study.


RDEV 688A, Development Law, Process and Ethics (3)

A required course that presents foundational knowledge about real property, contracts, administrative and constitutional law, business ethics, and an introduction to process and practice of real estate development. 

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RDEV 630, Fundamentals of Real Estate Finance (3)

Required course that covers the basic concepts in financing real estate development as well as providing practical capabilities in understanding and creating project pro formas.  This course is a prerequisite for more advanced finance courses.


RDEV 688G, Planning Policy, Practice and Politics for Developers (3)

A course designed to meet the core requirement for learning the entitlements process, as well as some planning theory and practice along with intensive study of one or two key planning issues, such as transportation planning, preservation regulation, environmental policy and practice, etc. 

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RDEV 688J/ARCH 654, Principles of Urban Design (3)

Students without a design background are required to take one of two courses offered to provide functional knowledge of architectural language, theory and practice to facilitate effective engagement with design professionals and urban planners. 


RDEV 650/RDEV 689N, Essentials of Design and Construction Management (3)

Students without construction background must take one or two courses that focus on either construction, or one  covering  construction methods and materials. 

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RDEV 689D/688L, Property, Asset and Portfolio Management (3)

Students are required to take one of the courses offered to address the asset management and operations of real estate properties:  multi-family residential, commercial office and retail properties, hospitality, or commercial leasing.


RDEV 688L, Commercial Leasing (3)

A course that addresses both legal and financial aspects of commercial leasing.


RDEV 688E, Managing Differences, Negotiating Agreements (3)

This is a required course in negotiating theory and practice that provides a critical skill that intersects all phases and aspects of successful real estate development.

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RDEV 689E, Structured Finance (3)

An advanced course in real estate finance from the perspective of developers seeking to access equity and debt  funding in the private capital  markets, including  tax increment  financing, mortgage backed securities as well as  the formation and functioning of REITS. 


RDEV 688R, Roots and Rudiments of Affordable Housing (3)

An elective course addressing the issues and programs of affordable housing as practiced in the US over the last 70 years.


RDEV 688P, Entrepreneurship for Real Estate Developers (3)

An elective course addressing the challenges of starting and managing a real estate development company.  Business strategies are shared by successful developers in the region with each student presenting their business plan at the conclusion of the course.


RDEV 688Y, Issues in Sustainability in Business and Finance (3)

An elective for students interested in enhancing their knowledge of sustainability practices being incorporated into current business.


RDEV 689Z, Sustainable Development:  Financing to Conserve Sensitive Lands (3)

An elective for students interested in the complex regulatory and financing mechanisms for developing and preserving environmentally sensitive land.


RDEV 688T, Study Abroad:  Study Tours and Studio Courses (3)

The Real Estate Program periodically offers a study abroad course.  Other programs in the School, also provide the opportunity to travel abroad during the Winter and Summer Terms for RDEV credit.


RDEV 688I, Capstone (3)

Each student completes a Capstone Course to integrate and apply knowledge by undertaking a project that is either:  a) Practice Based – including a feasibility analysis of a proposed project, schematic design, cost estimation and complete financial analysis, or b) Research Based – an approved analytical or theoretical paper exploring a relevant development topic or problem.  The practice-based course is undertaken with a small group mentored by a local developer.

RDEV 350, Sustainable Real EstateDevelopment: Principles and Practice

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RDEV 635, Capital Markets

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RDEV 688K, International Development

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RDEV 689R, Retail Real Estate Development and Asset Management

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Additional Electives are available in affordable housing finance, adaptive reuse design, preservation economics, and a multiplicity of courses in architecture, engineering, planning, landscape architecture and historic preservation from Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation, School of Public Policy, Smith School of Business, and Clark School of Engineering.