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Fundamentals of Real Estate Development Finance

Real estate development finance doesn’t have to be intimidating.

Practice the art of selecting and preparing a project for financing, with step-by-step guidance. Inform your decisions through analyses, revenue and budget projections, and risk mitigation strategies. Practice basic calculations with pro forma templates and learn how to apply them to future projects.

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We have the blueprint for your career in real estate development.

Invest in yourself now to plan for development project funding and cashflow with confidence in the future.

About The Course

Fundamentals of Real Estate Development Finance


Course Delivery:
Online, Self-Paced

Core course in Real Estate Development Professional certificate

Passing Grade:
70% on each graded assessment

This course is your gateway to financing development projects with success. Learn to navigate the intricate process of presenting a development project for financing with confidence. Through seven interactive lessons and expert guidance, you’ll work through revenue and budget projections, conduct in-depth risk identification and mitigation, and delve into the nuances of the time value of money, net present value, and internal rate of return analyses.

Uncover the various financing options available to developers, and explore how they impact the securing of project debt.

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Course Details


  • 7 interactive lessons that provide deep insights and practical expertise.
  • Engaging instructor videos to guide you through the development financing process.
  • Independent project work to apply your learnings to real-world development scenarios.
  • Downloadable Pre-Financing Report Template to facilitate your development project presentations.
  • Access to our exclusive LinkedIn Networking Group, connecting you with fellow real estate professionals.

Graded Assessments 

  • 5 multiple-choice progression quizzes to assess your understanding throughout the course.
  • 1 multiple-choice final assessment to demonstrate your proficiency in development financing.

By completion of this course, successful learners will be able to:  

  1. Identify various types of real estate assets suitable for development and understand the municipal approval process required to commence development.
  2. Analyze and mitigate project-specific and macroeconomic risk factors impacting the viability of your project.

  3. Compare and evaluate different equity capital structures used to finance real estate projects and their influence on securing project debt.

  4. Develop a comprehensive project pro forma and cost estimate utilizing discounted cash flow analysis, IRR modeling, and time value of money assumptions.

  5. Grasp the basic features of mortgage agreements, including first and second charges, and comprehend the legal framework supporting private financing transactions.

  6. Assess the viability of potential real estate projects, determining their potential to secure project financing.

  7. Create a pre-financing report using REDI’s framework for a case-study development or an alternative project of your choice.

Aaron Forbes

Senior Director, MCAP Financial Corp.
Adjunct Instructor, REDI Canada

Aaron Forbes Attended the University of Calgary, majoring in Economics and became a CFA Charter holder in 2013. He is a licensed member of the Real Estate Council of Alberta and has completed the Mortgage Associates Program and is currently a Senior Director with MCAP’s Development Finance Group. To date, he has been involved in the structuring of over $3.0 billion of real estate transactions throughout Western Canada, including 1st and 2nd mortgages and has completed syndications with most major Canadian Banks, Alberta based lending institutions, pension funds and life insurance companies. Aaron currently sits on the Board of Directors for KV Mortgage Fund Inc., a private Edmonton based lender, as an independent member and a member of the Lending Review Committee.


Frequently Asked Questions

No. Take one course, take several, in any order. We’ve designed the courses to meet the needs of a range of learners. You can customize your learning based on your professional goals.   

Not sure what you need? Contact us. We’re here to help. 

The average participant can complete the certificate in approximately one year. You must complete:  

Five Core Courses

  • Real Estate Development and Finance I 
  • Real Estate Development and the Planning Process 
  • Real Estate Marketing 
  • Real Estate Law 
  • Real Estate Development Management 


Two Elective Courses

  • Real Estate Development and Finance II 
  • Commercial Real Estate Development 
  • Mixed Use Real Estate Development 
  • Sales Management & Strategies  


Organizations or groups may be eligible for a group discount. Contact REDI’s Manager, Industry Relations for more information: 

No. The online Real Estate Development Professional (REDP) certificate is perfect for aspiring or new real estate development professionals across Canada. It builds foundational knowledge, skills, and frameworks that participants can take with them as they establish a career in real estate development. 

The in-person Real Estate Development Leadership (REDL) certificate is better-suited for individuals in Western Canada with some exposure to the real estate development industry. While the competencies and topics addressed in both programs are similar, REDL is an experiential program that includes peer learning, case studies, guest speakers, and site tours. 

Not sure which certificate meets your needs? Contact us:

You can start with any course. We recommend that certificate participants start with the core courses; this helps inform your learning for the elective courses. 

Each course is self-paced. You can study anytime, from anywhere with internet access! 

Based on current feedback and learner data, the average course time investment ranges from 5 to 10 hours depending on the learner’s current professional experience and subject matter knowledge.

  • Expert industry insights from REDI Canada’s national faculty.  
  • Current real-world projects, case studies, and lessons learned.  
  • Independent project work to showcase your skills and knowledge to prospective partners/employers.   
  • Access to downloadable frameworks to take with you.  

Each course includes several progress quizzes and a final assessment. Participants must achieve 70% on each to successfully pass the course. 

Yes, of course! Our team is available to answer your questions throughout the course.  



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