Introduction to Property Development & Investment

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The introduction to Property Development and Investment course will teach you how to invest in property development and walk you through how to make decisions concerning:

  • Site acquisitions
  • Professional team setup
  • Project and budget management
  • Financial analysis
  • Funding 
  • Exit strategies

You will be equipped with the knowledge to make investment decisions, identify and mitigate risks and deal with the intricacies of property acquisition, management and disposal.

Course Content

Introduction to Property Development and Investment

  • Property development and investment as a business
  • Market overview & where to find opportunities and the pipeline
  • Development and investment strategies
  • Financial return metrics
  • Real estate economics & cycles - entry & exit planning
  • Exit strategies

Identifying and evaluating investment opportunities

  • Market analysis: The real estate cycle and investment opportunities
  • Real estate investors: Height net worth individuals, pension and other institutional funds
  • Valuation for commercial and residential properties
  • Assessing Gross Development Values (GDV), key development costs, professional fees, interests costs and contingencies
  • Financial analysis: Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), profit on cost calculation, IRP, NPV, equity multiple
  • Maximum bid price for site

Obtaining planning permission and enhancing existing planning permission

  • Planning permission explained
  • Types of permits (no planning, outline, permitted development, full permission, enhancement potential)
  • Pitfalls to watch for and managing expectations

Structuring the offer for the site

  • Reducing capital requirements: Purchase options explained
  • Delayed completion options
  • Full cash offers
  • Landowner joint-ventures
  • Aligning capital in a bid to offer for the site
  • Overage agreements
  • Assessing the legal title and searches

Construction and Project Management

  • Contracting, monitoring works and phase completions
  • Cost control, overruns and how to deal with budgets
  • Setting up the professional and advisory teams: from quantity surveyors, to architects, accountants, construction companies, financial modelling & control, joint-ventures partners, solicitors and lawyers, and tax advisors
  • Sourcing, engaging and motivating the team

Case Study:

Value-add development in West London

Funding and Financing the Real Estate Project

  • Sources and types of funding available: rates, sample terms and investment structure
  • Principle of corporate finance: picking the right capital structure to fund the property development project
  • Forward funding
  • Typical senior debt terms and structures
  • Typical mezzanine debt terms and structures
  • Sourcing additional equity
  • Inter-creditor and shareholders agreement
  • Basics of development loan structures
  • Lending criteria and typical capital structures
  • Lending fees

Introduction to UK Taxation of Real Estate

  • Principles of taxation for real estate
  • Property taxes and financial returns
  • Taxes on acquisition, development, accupancy and disposal
  • Pff-shore versus on-shore companies' taxation

Exit options, sales, marketing strategy and tactics in practice

  • Marketing and client segmentation
  • International investors and marketing overseas
  • Marketing strategy and tactics for your project
  • Estate agents: structures, hiring an firing
  • Structuring offers for buyers
  • Controling sales and marketing budget

Sustainability in Real Estate

  • The value of green buildings
  • Sustainability certifications
  • Environmental, social and governance for development and investing
  • Well-being in real estate

Property Management

  • Property management requirements and strategies
  • Asset management plans, processes and control techniques


This course is designed for those new to the real estate sector and wish to master knowledge about the whole life-cycle of property development, from site assembly to funding and disposal.

This course is aimed at professionals willing to develop their own real estate development schemes and to those working in surveying, planning and constructions companies seeking to understand how the whole development process works.

Estee Tan

“The content was excellent…very on point in terms of what I wanted to learn. The course gives you an overall view of property development and investments so that you’re able to look at things in the round”

Darren Goldberg

“Covers a wide range of topics, and gives a great overview and introduction to the subject matter. Both Maria and Morag were excellent”

Dates & Prices
Duration CPD Hours Location Level Dates
2 days 14 The Cumberland, London /Online General 09,10 Nov 2023
18,19 Jan 2024
18,19 Apr 2024
11,12 Jul 2024
10,11 Oct 2024
05,06 Dec 2024
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