RDEV 688T/689Z, Introduction to Real Estate Principles, Process and Practice/Finance (3)

Students with no background in finance or real estate and limited skill with financial tools may be required to take RDEV 689C/689V, 6 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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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, 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. 

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RDEV 650, 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, 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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RDEV 350, Introduction to Sustainable Real EstateDevelopment: Principles and Practice

RDEV 350 is an introduction to the basic principles of real estate development – that is "how communities get built and how value is created." Sustainable real estate development is focused on how to develop real estate that satisfies a quadruple bottom line of (1) social responsibility and community building; (2) sustainable design and construction; (3) environmental sensitivity; and (4) financial feasibility as the underpinning principles of excellent development.   The course will provide students with an understanding of each of these principles and examine the intersections among them.  


RDEV 250, People, Planet and Profit: Building Sustainable Places

The course is designed to be an introduction to the 4 disciplines represented in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation: architecture and urban design, urban planning, historic preservation and real estate development. These disciplines work together to create a more sustainable environment for the future by using the School's interpretation of the quadruple bottom line: socio-cultural, economic, environmental, and design sustainability. The course will provide students with an understanding of the fundamental scholarship and processess of each of these diciplines and examine the intersection between them. Students will learn by applying the approaches of the 4 disciplines through a series of case studies. 

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RDEV 689K, International Development

To acquaint students with (1) the international real estate development industry (2), an understanding of the motivations and the cultural differences encountered by U.S. developers overseas (3) as well as the nature of development, regulatory, political and economic perspectives in the global arena focused on a strategy for the immediate and lineal steps on a country chosen by the student. 

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RDEV 635, Capital Markets and Investments

RDEV 635 provides students with (1) a basic introduction to the public capital market sources of financial capital for real estate, (2) familiarity with alternative methods of financing real estate development, (3) basic concepts of single-family and multifamily mortgage financing, tax increment financing, payment in lieu of taxes financing, special assessment financing, low income housing tax credits, REITs,CMBS, LISC financing,capital fund financing, and induatrial revenue bond financing. 

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RDEV 689R, Retail Real Estate Development and Asset Management

The objectives of the course are for students to (1) gain an understanding of the evolution of the retail industry in the United States by examining its historical context, including past future development opportunities, (2) develop a comprehensive understanding of the "Commodity/Specialty" retail paradigm and its real world application to successful retail development (3) provide students with the skills and techniques necessary to succesfully execute development, redevelopment and management of real estate assets in the 21st Century, and (4) facilitate Students' successful execution of a fully integrated retail development plan as a final requirement of the course.

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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.