Learn Commercial Real Estate Finance with CFI

Topic Overview

Commercial real estate analysis is a vital tool for organizations with property holdings. Using data, commercial real estate analysts prepare reports for stakeholders to inform business decisions and formulate methods of minimizing risk and ensuring stability. Read more
With 100-percent online courses, CFI ensures you can learn commercial real estate finance from anywhere. All of our courses are self-paced and taught by leading instructors for maximum learning, retention, and applicability.

11 courses

Consisting of over 450+ lessons

30+ interactive exercises

Learn by doing with guided simulations

Expert instructors

Learn from the very best

New courses monthly

On need-to-know subject matter

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Real Estate Private Equity (REPE): Investment Strategies and Careers

Real estate private equity is a highly desired role but has some differences from traditional private equity
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Real Estate Appraiser

An individual with appropriate qualifications and credentials to estimate the fair market value of a real estate asset
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A qualified and unbiased expert estimate of an asset’s value
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Fixed-Rate Mortgage

A type of mortgage loan where the interest rate remains the same throughout the loan term
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Qualified Appraisal

The valuation of various assets and property in order to meet the requirements set out by the IRS
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Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM)

A federally insured reverse mortgage for senior citizens
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Income Property

A property or piece of real estate that is bought and developed in order to generate income by renting or leasing the property to others
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Interest-Only Mortgage

A unique type of mortgage that only requires the borrower to pay the interest on a mortgage, and not the principal
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Properties that are not occupied by owners as a residence and are generally held for investment purposes
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Holdover Tenant

A tenant refusing to vacate the rented property after the expiry of the rental agreement
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Subprime Mortgage

A type of debt instrument that is provided to individuals with a low credit score
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Effective Gross Income (EGI)

The potential gross income that can be generated by a rental property plus other incomes and less forecasted or existing vacancies and credit costs
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Why Learn Commercial Real Estate with CFI?

As a leading provider of online financial analyst certification programs and courses, CFI offers a comprehensive library of curricula designed in collaboration with industry professionals and Wall Street trainers with decades of experience teaching bankers at top financial institutions.

Our commercial real estate finance courses offer a combination of theory and application to prepare you for a career in commercial real estate, commercial lending, or commercial mortgage brokering. All programs are flexible and self-paced, allowing you to learn from anywhere at any time.

With our Commercial Real Estate Finance courses, you can learn to:

Analyze a prospective development opportunity
Understand the construction process and how to structure financing to mitigate risk
Interpret findings from a commercial real estate appraisal
Define multiple valuation approaches
Compare different types of real estate loans
Identify key underwriting parameters for commercial real estate lending

Who should take these courses?

CFI’s commercial real estate finance courses are ideal for current and aspiring professionals in real estate finance. The concepts presented throughout the curricula offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced level modeling techniques, banking and credit-related concepts, and a variety of other technical skills that will support your career growth.

Investment professionals

Management consultants

Financial analysts

Registered Provider: National Association of State Boards of Accountancy

All courses are accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), CPA Institutions in Canada, and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in the US. Most courses qualify for verified CPE credits for CPA charter holders.

Courses include video lessons, interactive quizzes, modeling exercises, case studies, and final assessments.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How Do I Learn Commercial Real Estate Finance?

Commercial real estate is a vast field with a variety of different jobs and titles. Different positions may require different education and finance training, including technical acumen as well as credentials and certifications. Whether you want to deepen your skill set for your current role or you want to pursue a career as an analyst, our courses can help you get there.

How Do I Earn a Commercial Real Estate Finance Specialization?

CFI’s Commercial Real Estate Finance Specialization is a purpose-built learning path that supports the career journey of real estate finance professionals, particularly those in the lending space. Many of its courses may also be used as electives in the Commercial Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)® Certification, as well as the Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® certification.

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