Learn to think bigger
Pre-assessment, key terms, and benchmark memorization
Pre-assessments allow us to tailor FastTrack to your needs. Additionally, we provide simple, but powerful industry knowledge to help you hit the ground running
The CRE System and Capital Markets
Overview: It is impossible to navigate the industry without knowing the players and their motivations. We break down the real estate world into four silos and take a deep dive into the primary sources of debt and equity capital.
• Four real estate career silos
• Debt providers
• Equity profiles
• Match the deal with the capital
Overview: Leases are dense legal documents that take years to master. We define and focus on the most critical components of a commercial lease agreement.
• Key lease provisions
• Lease one pager
• Apartment lease
• Commercial lease
• Retail lease
• Abstract form
Real Estate Valuation and Return Measures
Overview: Being able to estimate property value is perhaps the most critical real estate skill. We define the industry's primary framework and explain the '12 levers' that drive property value.
• DCF framework
• Pro forma road map
• 12 valuation levers
• What is Argus?
• OM walkthrough
• Quick OM valuation
• BOV exercise
Acquisitions and Due DiligenceOverview: Property sales are uniquely complex, and only those who have experienced the sale process understand its nuances. We explain why and how properties trade and outline the due diligence process.
• PSA one pager
• Sample PSA
• PCAs and ESAs
• Due diligence exercise
• PSA exercise
• Due diligence checklist
• Create LOI from PSA
Real Estate Debt
Overview: Using leverage creates opportunities for exaggerated returns but adds significant risk, which many people do not fully understand. We define the financial framework owners and lenders use to capitalize properties.
• LTV, DSCR, DY
• LIRR vs. LTV
• UIRR vs. Cost of Debt
• Historical default rates
• Incremental cost of capital
• B notes vs. mezz vs. pref
• Predict the outcome
Real Estate Development
Overview: Real estate development requires (i) fundamental expertise, (ii) access to land, capital, and users, and (iii) the ability to navigate cost uncertainty. We define a framework that considers each of these critical components.
• Understanding the process
• What makes development different
• Zoning regulation practice
• Yield-on-cost practice
• Factors that impact dev. economics
Overview: Real estate partnerships are critical to the industry, but very few people understand "waterfall" mechanics and the key drivers of successful partnerships. We explain these and leverage a model to compete for a hypothetical partnership.
• Purposes of a joint venture
• Waterfall structures
• Understanding promotes
• Key calculations
• Decisions in a JV
Overview: Recognizing real estate investment opportunities require a deep understanding of
industry fundamentals and how they interact. We wrap-up the cohort by pulling together the
FastTrack models within a context of the real estate system.
• Course review
• A macro view of CRE
• Next steps/alumni perks
Post class assessment and networkingFastTrack is not over when class ends. Our final assessment allows you to measure progress and opportunities for future growth. You will also benefit from the extended alumni network across the country.
Create your own success
We provide networking and professional development opportunities, job-preparation instruction, and other career resources. You’ll have a support system in the industry long after you graduate. Take control of your career path.
Insider insights from executives with decades of industry experience
Document templates, model templates, proprietary textbooks, flash cards, and skill-building exercises
Networking, professional development opportunities, and job-preparation instruction after graduation
Cover graduate school-level content, distilled down to the most critical concepts, explain how concepts apply and how to use them to avoid pitfalls.
Spark interest in content and provide context for how fundamental skills are used to create value.
Create environments where participants can apply industry models and frameworks to solve problems.
Establish and grow relationships between existing and emerging industry leaders, around shared motivations and goals.
- Concentrated program textbook
- Practice materials and quizzes
- Preparation exercises for each session
- Follow exercises up with increasing rigor
- Small group discussions
- Office hours
- Class networking
- Guest Speakers
- Alumni meetups
FastTrack means fast results
We’re proud to have helped rising stars at all levels increase their mastery.
Gain in industry knowledge from pre- to post-assessment
Increase in career confidence
Increase in interviewing confidence
- Will recommend FastTrack to a friend
- Will use FastTrack in their role
- Will recommend FastTrack to a friend
- Will use FastTrack in their role
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT CRE ANALYST
"There is no time for procrastination. It was incredibly motivating knocking out excellent new material week after week."
"This class does a terrific job of reshaping your career earnings expectation."
"The guest speakers were incredibly valuable as they helped bring everything that we were learning into perspective."
"This has unquestionably given me a better foundation to continue building my commercial real estate career on."
"I really enjoyed hearing real-life stories and learning why people succeeded or failed on a deal in class after-hours."
"It's amazing! You're learning from the absolute best. I'm sad it's over!"
"The negotiation between the landlord and tenant rep veterans gave me greater insight on what I should be focusing my attention when LOIs and RFPs come through my inbox."
"Taking the class has helped ask the right questions in the workplace; therefore I can go more in depth in conversation with my boss and other analysts."
"Diving deep into valuation and how deals are capitalized then being able to apply those skills was eye-opening for me."
"The pace of learning was unlike anything I have experienced - I loved it. I made substantial gains made in such a short period of time."
"The exercises and lecture really made me think and internalize the information. It helped me move from a "paper pusher" to someone who now has a seat at the table."
"It is not an exaggeration to say that this is the most relevant and helpful course I have ever taken for my CRE career. Literally every module we covered is 100% applicable and relevant to my day-to-day job, and I can't say that for any courses I have taken."
"I found it extremely valuable learning about the thought process and motivation of decision makers."
"Our team leaders did a superb job gathering every team member's input and gave us great guidance!"
"For existing real estate professionals, we get siloed down a particular path and forget to or don't have an opportunity to see the big picture and as a result miss valuable opportunities. This gave me fresh perspective and a renewed sense of possibility."
"The best part of my small group was the diversity in experience, race, and gender."
"Spectacular class, couldn't have joined a better one before I start my career."
"I have already been able to apply the concepts to transactions that I am working on through with various clients."
"This has been a blast and one of the most informative courses I have ever pursued!"
"I really liked the consistency of the breakout rooms, it made the class feel connected and approachable."
"The group debate during the JV class was a lot of fun and helped me understand both sides of that relationship."
"Being an office leasing agent, it was valuable for me to understand how my clients look at a deal and why certain landlords buy certain assets."
"I was interviewing while taking this class and one of my interviewers was a previous student"
"Every bit of time invested in the class provides a meaningful return – whether that be time spent studying the material or time spent networking with the cohort and team leaders. All of my time spent on this class was well worth it."
"In school we learned balance sheets, income statements, etc- but never how to apply them! The practical breakdown of the real estate pro forma process and structure extremely helpful."
"I would have bypassed all of business school in college and supplemented this course instead if I could. It has been such an awesome experience and I would do it over 100x!"
"I learned more about real estate valuation during that 3 hour finance workshop than I ever have in any other class."
"Understanding the motivating factors behind the different capital sources and why they make the decisions they do was groundbreaking for me as I never thought about it like that before."
"Real world experience in every class. That's the difference with this class--we're talking about real world situations/properties/etc every night. No theoretical nonsense."
"This course has enabled me to connect so many pieces in my education history, I am very grateful to you all."
"CRE Analyst gave me the tools to excel in a competitive environment."
"This class also puts you with people who are hungry to make an impact in the Commercial Real estate industry. These are the people you want to work with down the road."
"It truly changed my life as a CRE professional who's been struggling to find the right information for real-life situations."
"I now have a clear understanding of how capital markets work and a better understanding on how to allocate capital to the right deals"
"The real world examples that were included in printed materials, as well as the guest speakers helped facilitate my learning."
"The material is pure gold! Wish I took this instead of going to grad school!"
"The most valuable part of the class for me was definitely the set of printed materials to review at home. I continually go back to them."
"Experiencing interactive sessions that reduced 'processor' mentalities and encouraged 'thinker' mentalities was pivotal for my development."
"The instruction, teamwork, speaker and curriculum have all been intellectually stimulating and inspirational."
"It was challenging but so much fun and I'm grateful to have gotten to participate."
"I loved how the class would kickoff with a good foundation of the respective concept and that it was followed up with a guest speaker that helped provide real world context and experience to that topic."
"Covering all silos within the commercial real estate industry but maintaining strong focus on what really matters from a real world perspective by cutting out unnecessary information was efficient."
"The small groups give people the opportunity to engage in discussion without being worried about having the wrong answer or non-consensus point of view."
"I don't think I would have been able to succeed and perform in my multifamily PE underwriting role as well as I have been had it not been for this course."
"I absolutely loved the interaction based learning - such a refreshing way to learn!"
Limited enrollment means greater individual attention
Acceptance into FastTrack is competitive. Prior to enrollment participants must complete an interview with CRE Analyst to ensure proper alignment. We are looking for driven individuals committed to skill development and excellence in commercial real estate.
Enrollment is limited to 60 to ensure a low teacher-to-student ratio and promote an active and engaging environment for all. In addition to the two primary instructors FastTrack gives you access to 15+ additional instructors who are full-time CRE professionals.
|Program Session||Start Date||End Date||Times||Tuition||Current Rate1||Seats Available2||Availability|
Jan. 11th 2023
Mar. 1st 2023
May. 10th 2023
Jun. 28th 2023
Sep. 6th 2023
Oct. 25th 2023
1Requires full payment in advance
2Indicates seats remaining at current price
Scholarships and financial aid are available for qualified candidates. Additional information on payment options can be found here.
Learn from the absolute best
Mark D. Gibson
Hunter M. Lee
90% of our students strongly approve of our approach to virtual learning because:
- It attracts the best guest speakers
- Convenient for busy professionals
- Minimizes transit
- Maximizes interactiveness
- Promotes efficient group work
- Facilitates recordings
- Casts a wider geographic reach
All classes are live, interactive, and complemented with in-person events.
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