Global Real Estate Markets

The Global Real Estate Markets course will provide enrollees with a global comparative view of real estate investment fundamentals. We will cover the main drivers of real estate values across countries and their forecast. Attendees will learn to underwrite real estate prices by studying the key determinants of construction costs and the value of land and location. From the macroeconomic perspective, attendees to this class will obtain an understanding of how changes in financial markets, international capital inflows, the local cost of capital, and changes in trade deficit or surplus affect current and future real estate markets. 

Special attention will be devoted to provide the skills needed to distinguish between short-term speculative fluctuations in real estate and actual or expected changes in asset valuation that are driven by fundamentals. We will analyze the micro-economic determinants of real estate value and rental yields and current global trends in real estate demand and valuation.

We will also examine the key institutional differences between markets that matter for valuation, investment, and policy purposes. Some countries have more developed and transparent investable markets, but there are opportunities in less conventional approaches. We will review some of the strategies taken by successful global operators in order to minimize currency, credit, and operational risks.

We will finally turn our attention to skills required to successfully build a global real estate portfolio. We will analyze the international returns and covariances of asset and asset-backed financial derivatives, and develop portfolio-optimizing strategies. We will also cover the universe of global Real Estate Investment Trust and Mortgage Backed Security markets.

Computer Requirements:

Laptops or tablets are required as course materials will be distributed electronically.

Earn a Professional Certificate in Real Estate Finance & Development
This course is part of the Real Estate Finance & Development certificate program, offered jointly by MIT Professional Education and the MIT Center for Real Estate. 

Learn more about how you can earn a Professional Certificate when you take this and other real estate courses.

This course has been approved for 16 CPD credits toward renewal of the CoreNet Global MCR designation.

Lead Instructor(s): 

Albert Saiz


Jun 20, 2019 - Jun 21, 2019

Course Length: 

2 Days

Course Fee: 





  • Closed

It is highly recommended that you apply for a course at least 6-8 weeks before the start date to guarantee there will be space available. After that date you may be placed on a waitlist. Courses with low enrollment may be cancelled up to 4 weeks before start date if sufficient enrollments are not met. If you are able to access the online application form, then registration for that particular course is still open.

Registration for this course will close by June 1

Participant Takeaways: 

Participants of this course will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of valuation in international real estate investment
  • Identify key institutional features relevant for global real estate investors
  • Learn how to understand and minimize global real estate risks
  • Identify international investment opportunities
  • Acquire portfolio investment skills in global real estate products

Who Should Attend: 

This course is applicable to a wide range of professionals across the real estate, banking, finance/investment, and insurance industries. Specifically, the course may be of interest to fund managers, investment portfolio managers, financial advisors, investment bankers, fixed-income analysts, financial risk managers, global financial market specialists, and professionals working in macroeconomic policy. More generally, this class can be valuable to anyone dealing with global financial markets and real estate investments.

Program Outline: 

Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Computer Requirements: Laptops or tablets are required to access course materials. All materials will be distributed electronically.

Day One:

8:00 am - 9:00 am: Registration / breakfast

9:00 am - 10:30 am: Review the relative pricing in global markets, land values and construction costs, and what are determinants of regional construction costs

10:30 am - 10:45 am: Break

10:45 am - noon: Study the impact of foreign capitals on local real estate markets, rental yields: determinants, macroeconomic conditions and real estate pricing

Noon - 1:00 pm: Lunch Break

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Review Commodities trade and real estate prices, as well as look at forecasting of real estate values in a country / region

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm: Break

2:45 pm - 4:30 pm: Commercial Real Estate Products: Characteristics and differences across countries, as well as look at residential real estate: characteristics and differences across the markets

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Professional Certificate Program Graduation Reception and Ceremony

Day Two:

9:00 am - 10:30 am: Look at leverage in real estate investments: Macroeconomic determinants, also look at the comparative financial markets: depth and regulatory environment

10:30 am - 10:45 am: Break

10:45 am - noon: Discuss different ownership structures across countries, the institutional differences and their impact on real estate business, transparency and depth of investable markets, as well as due diligence and local relationships

Noon - 1:00 pm: Lunch Break

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Learn about currency risk and hedging, and comparative risk analysis: country and asset-country risk, portfolio approach: variances and covariances across countries in asset markets, international real estate trusts (REIT)

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm: Break

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm: REIT portfolio strategies: net asset value, beta covariences, and also the secondary debt markets: global MBS, CMBS, RMBS, and CDO

Course Schedule: 

This course runs 9:00 am – 4:30 pm on the first day and 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on the second day. On the first day registration and breakfast will be 8:00 am – 9:00 am.

Laptops or tablets are required as course materials will be distributed electronically.



This course takes place on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We can also offer this course for groups of employees at your location. Please complete the Custom Programs request form for further details.


Fundamentals: Core concepts, understandings, and tools (35%) 35
Latest Developments: Recent advances and future trends (30%) 30
Industry Applications: Linking theory and real-world (35%) 35

Delivery Methods: 


Lecture: Delivery of material in a lecture format (75%) 75
Discussion or Groupwork: Participatory learning (25%) 25


Introductory: Appropriate for a general audience (70%) 70
Specialized: Assumes experience in practice area or field (30%) 30