Investing in proper management of a real estate asset is investing in future profitability. Excellent maintenance and tenant management can increase property values by lowering operational costs, increasing cash flow, and generating higher rents and occupancies. In this course, you will learn leadership traits and strategies for effective facilities management, best practices in critical areas like waste removal and reducing environmental impact, and how to manage overlapping maintenance activities and make outsourcing decisions. If leasing building space is critical to your operation, this course also will prepare you to analyze your property and the market to make sound leasing decisions.
As real estate asset manager, you are steward of an owner's property, responsible for managing it to help achieve the owner's goals and increase its value. To guide you in this challenging role, you need a comprehensive road map for decision making: the Asset Management Strategic Plan. This course focuses on teaching you how to build this strategic plan and on developing your understanding of the asset manager role, its activities, and different management approaches. Beyond best practices and expert insights, this course also provides you with ample opportunities to practice new skills and an applied toolkit for real-world real estate asset management.

Within the commercial real estate industry, it is vital to develop a deep understanding of an asset's condition as well as the market in which it competes. There are several strategies for optimizing your occupancy and lease rates through an evaluation of the competitive landscape. This critical look at your market environment will enable you to best position your real estate assets in terms of lease structures, leasing trends, term expectations, and much more.

This course has been designed to simulate the way in which asset managers, along with those working in leasing departments, gather information and develop a leasing strategy. You will create a leasing strategy to convey the pertinent data about an asset and the market landscape to a particular audience. This course will train your eye to scan a property for key indicators of physical and financial health. Using a variety of downloadable tools, you will determine how to gather data for analysis that will provide insight and inform decision making for every step of the cycle of tenancy.

In commercial real estate, managing the upkeep of the physical asset is critical for multiple reasons, including occupant safety, meeting legal occupancy requirements, functionality of systems, efficiencies of systems, productivity of occupants, maintaining asset value, and more. Successfully optimizing the functionality of a building requires a strategic approach to maintenance activities and equipment selection, as well as continually seeking new technologies, devices, and practices to improve building performance and reduce departmental expenses. In this course, you will access important building management strategies and best practices, professional expert interviews, and exercises that bring various strategies to light.

This course has been designed to simulate the way in which asset managers, building managers, and other stakeholders gather, analyze, and use various forms of building maintenance information to make decisions. Throughout this course, you will develop a robust tool kit of skills and resources to deal with property management issues including labor, code, financial management, and renovations. As you build your knowledge and skills in facilities management, you will be able to offer valuable recommendations and ask pertinent questions that will improve any asset's physical functionality and enhance the business's financial performance.

Buildings rely on a variety of systems interacting to successfully support occupant safety and comfort. In managing an asset, it is important to have an understanding of all mechanical systems along with the ways in which they depend on one another. This knowledge becomes pivotal when ensuring code compliance, troubleshooting systems issues, or planning for improvements. In this course, you will explore the common issues, consequences, and solutions for the maintenance of building systems, including the building envelope (facade, windows, and doors), water, electricity, lighting, and heating/ ventilating/air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Once you have a handle on how these systems work, you will be able to identify areas for improved efficiency, which will, in turn, reduce cost and environmental impact. You will find that improved efficiency relies heavily on the monitoring techniques and preventative maintenance schedules explored in this course.

Large buildings are some of the leading consumers of resources such as raw materials, electricity, and water. They also generate an incredible amount of waste. Customers and potential lessees now expect asset management to be transparent in their deployment of sustainable practices. On the flip side of this expectation, it has never been easier to make, measure, and communicate improvement in the area of sustainable operation. In this course, you will discover the importance of depth, clarity, and transparency when developing a sustainability strategy. You will then determine how to align your everyday efficiency goals with your overall sustainability strategy through environmental policies and practices, as well as the products you choose.

Taking it a step further, you will investigate the popular “green” certification standards and the options available for new development projects and existing buildings. You will make on-site observations of a LEED-certified building and explore the criteria making the LEED and Green Globes programs the international benchmarks for green building design and operation.

Beyond building design, there are valuable opportunities to empower and encourage your employees and/or residents to adopt sustainable practices by establishing a “green team” within your building or company. This team usually includes individuals passionate about sustainability and preserving the environment, so they will often be happy to help ensure your sustainability goals are met, in turn having a positive effect on waste reduction and, thus, your bottom line.

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