George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Real Estate Toolkit Workshops
Enhance your real estate toolkit! Increase your value in the marketplace by learning practical skills essential to succeed in the real estate industry.

Mason's Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship presents three skills workshops taught by real estate experts. Attend one workshop or all three!

  1. Due Diligence for Commercial Real Estate Transactions - Date:March 28, 2019 - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Location:Founders Hall, George Mason University Arlington campus

    You have a property under contract...what’s the next step? 

    Answer: Due Diligence Study. Due diligence study is an investigation to confirm all material facts about the property. You will learn essential tasks to be completed on a real estate acquisition: how to distill data from leases, credit analyses and market reports; how to read trends in historical operating reports; how to budget expenditures after reviewing environmental studies and property condition assessments; how to study title reports, surveys and zoning issues to unearth potential legal pitfalls; how to assess future development potential, and more.

    Andre KinneyLecturer: Andre Kinney, President and Principal, Greenstone Realty Advisors

    Andre is a creative commercial real estate professional with 29 years’ experience in all facets of real estate. At Greenstone he provides high level real estate analysis and strategies for clients and generally oversees operations of the firm. His experience with domestic and foreign institutional and high net worth investors combined with a diverse real estate background provides clientele with insightful and practical solutions for their real estate needs. 

    Before leading the team at Greenstone, Andre was most recently the Chief Operating Officer of Real Estate Capital Partners. He was a member of the international real estate firm's three-person management committee responsible for formulating, directing and executing business plan.  Prior to his role as COO, Andre was the Managing Director of Asset Management for Real Estate Capital Partners. There, he directed and manage 20-person team responsible for building and executing asset and property management activities for a $7 billion portfolio owned by both foreign and domestic institutions and high net worth clients.

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  2. Introduction to Reading Construction Drawings for the Real Estate Professional - Date:April 4, 2019 – 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Location:Founders Hall, George Mason University Arlington campus

    Real estate professionals are routinely presented with complex issues and make decisions regarding the construction of buildings or the build out of tenant spaces, but often without the basic ability to read construction drawings. You will learn basic familiarity in reading construction drawings, so you can gather important insights into the format and layout of the building and begin to learn the nuances of a project design. You will learn about the design process from concept drawings to construction documents; the uses of elevations, plans and cross sections; how to understand the organization and flow of drawings; how to read symbols, notes, abbreviations, tables and flowcharts on drawings; understand the legal obligations arising from construction drawings; and more.   

    Andre Kinney

    Lecturer: Stephen Penhoet, Associate Principal – Perkins+Will

    Stephen Penhoet is an architect and Associate Principal at Perkins Eastman. For more than 25 years, Mr. Penhoet has served as project architect, designer, project manager, master planner, programmer, and construction administrator for both institutional and commercial clients. His portfolio of work includes multiple academic facilities, community centers, biotechnology laboratories, large-scale planning, mixed-use commercial developments (including retail) and hospitals. 

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