Daniel Lebret is a senior lecturer in real estate finance at the Cornell Nolan School of Hotel Administration. He has been at Cornell University since he received his Ph.D. in 2008, and his teaching responsibilities have included undergraduate and graduate courses on real estate finance, real estate financial modeling, real estate statistical modeling, urban economics, securitization, and structured finance, along with coaching teams of students for real estate finance case competitions.
While all commercial real estate transactions first require understanding the merits of a particular location and property, investors also pay close attention to the capital stack and the equity at risk. In fact, few deals are done with equity capital only. Using external financing to close on certain transactions is often motivated by risk-adjusted target performances. When done carefully, investors can take advantage of the cheaper cost of capital to potentially magnify their returns positively.
In this course, you will expand on the basic underwriting model for property acquisition to incorporate financial leverage and scenario analysis. The first step is to take a precise look at how the most common types of mortgages work, noting that financing and capital structure decisions are far more complex than just building amortization tables. They include crucial details that can lead to a deal's success or failure and have important ramifications down the road. To apply your learnings on the optimal balance in your deal structure, you will model a variety of scenarios across many loan types while keeping the element of uncertainty in the forefront. You will acquire a what-if mindset through this process, helping you identify the optimal capital structure given the deal you are contemplating. With this tool combining your forecasting intelligence with a strategic choice, you will be set up to expand your knowledge in new ways and grow in your role and beyond.
You are required to have completed the following courses or have equivalent experience before taking this course:
- Discounted Cash Flows in Real Estate
- Unlevered Real Estate Acquisitions
Key Course Takeaways
- Build amortization tables for different types of loans
- Model a variety of scenarios to quickly assess the impact of changing economic states of the world
- Conduct a sensitivity analysis to quickly evaluate economic and financing scenarios
- Identify and recommend the best debt financing to close a particular transaction using variables based on risk-adjusted returns
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
- Acquisition and asset managers
- Financial analysts
- Real estate investors
- Real estate development professionals
- Individuals looking to invest in commercial real estate
- MBA students
- City and regional planning professionals