Investing in Distressed Real Estate Situations

This course provides broad-based exposure to a complex aspect of commercial real estate investing, providing a basic framework of evaluating stressed and distressed real estate investing, also known as special situations. Basic elements of distressed analysis will include understanding market dynamics, cash flow disruptions, and capital structure. More advanced components such as bankruptcy procedures and related legal parameters will be discussed, with a specific focus on those issues most pertinent to CRE workouts or recapitalizations. Additionally, common characteristics of and factors that lead to distress also will be addressed. Students will sharpen their skills in fundamental real estate analysis and learn to spot special-situation investment opportunities. This asynchronous course is geared for entry-level through mid-level real estate professionals, including non-real estate investment professionals who want to explore rapidly emerging opportunities across the real estate landscape.

Note: Registering at least two weeks prior to the start of the course date is highly recommended. Popular classes fill up quickly and more specialized classes need sufficient enrollment.

For general information about this course, please call 212-992-3336 or email

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Knowledge of the characteristics and factors leading to distress
  • Skills to apply existing finance and investment skills in a nontraditional CRE investing situation
  • Familiarity with the qualitative aspects of special-situation investment, including sourcing, underwriting, presentation, resolution techniques, and active negotiation
  • The ability to decipher the unique rationale of various constituents, including lenders, borrowers, advisers, brokers, regulators, and equity partners
  • Critical judgment to creatively apply finance techniques, negotiation strategy, and investment acumen to solve actionable problems

Ideal for

  • Entry-level through mid-level real estate professionals
  • Non-real estate investment professionals who want to explore rapidly emerging opportunities across the real estate landscape
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.