March 15, 2023

Real Estate Development & Finance Resources

We spoke with REDI Canada Adjunct Instructor, Aaron Forbes, CFA, about the resources he uses to stay informed about local real estate development & finance.

Aaron Forbes, CFA, is a Senior Director of MCAP Financial Corporation and an independent board member & lending review committee chair at KV Mortgage Fund. Aaron instructs HSK 825: Real Estate Development and Finance 1 (March 24 & 31, 2023) and HSK 831: Real Estate Development and Finance 2 (September 19 & 26, 2023) offered in collaboration between REDI Canada and Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.

Build your network. Explore industry associations & places to meet like-minded real estate professionals.

  • Mortgage Loans Association of Alberta (“MLAA”): They host a monthly luncheon with guest speakers from across the industry. Usually has a great cross section of lenders, developers, lawyers, quantity surveyors, and appraisers on the guest list. 
  • Building Industry and Land Development Association, Calgary (“BILD Calgary”): This is the amalgamation of the Urban Development Institute (UDI) and the Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA), created a few years ago. BILD meets monthly and usually has a great group of guest speakers. The association is builder-focused which makes it a great place for a lender to meet new borrowers!
  • Earls Tin Palace, Calgary: This has long been the place for real estate leaders in the city to get together and hash out deals. Best of all, no membership required!

Stay up-to-date on current market insights. Leverage access to digital resources, market updates, & podcasts.

  • Zonda Urban is a third party sales data provider, so a paid subscription service, but I have found their quarterly market updates to provide some of the best insights into the current market. The audience is a wide, diverse group from across the real estate spectrum. 
  • The Real Estate News Exchange (RENX) is an online service that provides news, information and commentary about the Canadian built environment.
  • SkyriseCities is a website focusing on the skyscrapers, architecture, design, construction and development of urban centres around the world. Explore the Global page, or specific regions: Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, or Toronto.
  • Calgary Real Estate Podcast, hosted by Kimberley Poffenroth and Barb Richardson.
  • Calgary Real Estate Investing Podcast, hosted by Corey Peckford. 

Consider these suggestions as you build a personalized toolkit of real estate development & finance resources that reflect your interests, goals, & local markets. Interested in learning more? Check out REDI Canada’s upcoming courses that feature Aaron Forbes and fellow industry leaders.

HSK 831: Real Estate Development and Finance 2 starts March 24, 2023. Learn more or sign up through the University of Calgary Executive Education website.

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