The Essentials of Real Estate Finance

Course Details

DATE: April 16 - May 21st on Tuesdays

TIME: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

DURATION: 6 weeks

CLASS MODE OF DELIVERY: Online Classroom (Zoom)



Programme Schedule

The programme will run from April 16th to May 21st, meeting Tuesdays 6:00 to 9:00 pm in avirtual classroom.


This course aims to equip participants with the practical knowledge, analytical skills, and strategic insights necessary to navigate the complexities of real estate finance successfully,whether as investors, developers, or professionals in the industry.


The programme is suitable for a diverse range of individuals with interests and involvements in the real estate industry. This may encompass aspiring and seasoned real estate investors seeking to deepen their understanding of financial principles relevant to property investment.
Additionally, real estate developers and professionals involved in project planning and management will benefit from gaining insights into budgeting, financing, and optimizing project profitability. Real estate agents and brokers aiming to enhance their client services and negotiation skills through a stronger grasp of finance are also expected to participate. Finance professionals working within the real estate sector, such as analysts, accountants, and loan officers, will likewise seek to broaden their knowledge and expertise. 

Programme Description

The Real Estate Finance Essentials course is a specialized program developed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in real estate finance. Through a combination of theoretical learning and practical exercises, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of key financial concepts and their application in the Trinidad andTobago real estate industry.

Expected Learning Outcomes

This program aims to equip participants with a comprehensive understanding of real estate finance principles tailored to the Trinidad and Tobago market. Through a structured curriculum, participants will develop foundational knowledge encompassing budgets, financial statements, and key metrics essential for successful property investments and business operations. By analyzing real estate data, participants will gain the skills necessary to make informed financial decisions, considering implications for both individual property investments and broader business strategies. The program also emphasizes practical skills in budgeting and forecasting, ensuring participants can effectively manage real estate projects to promote financial stability and growth. Furthermore, participants will learn techniques for optimizing cash flow management to mitigate financial risks and meet operational needs efficiently. Through the interpretation of real estate-specific financial statements, participants will be empowered to assess properties; financial health and identify areas for improvement, enabling them to navigatethe complex landscape of real estate finance with confidence and competence. 

Programme Structure

The programme has five modules as follows:

1. Financial Fundamentals:

  • Introduction to Real Estate Finance
  •  Key Financial Concepts in Real Estate
  • Financial Management Practices for Real Estate Professionals

2. Financial Statements and Analysis:

  • Understanding Real Estate Financial Statements
  • Ratio Analysis for Real Estate Investments
  •  Analyzing Financial Trends in the Trinidad and Tobago Real Estate Market

3. Budgeting and Forecasting:

  •  Budgeting for Real Estate Projects
  • Forecasting Techniques for Property Investments
  • Financial Planning and Management in Real Estate

4. Cash Flow Management:

  • Importance of Cash Flow in Real Estate Ventures
  • Strategies for Effective Cash Flow Management
  • Cash Flow Optimization for Real Estate Operations

5. Property Assessment and Investment Analysis:

  • Evaluating Investment Opportunities in Trinidad and Tobago
  •  Risk Assessment and Management in Real Estate Investments
  • Property Valuation Techniques and Methods 

Learn About the Lecturer: Dr. Alfred Aaron

Dr. Alfred Aaron is an accomplished professional with a rich educational background and a passion for innovative higher education. Holding an EdD from Arizona State University,
Aaron conducted extensive research for his dissertation titled "Producing work-ready graduates through innovative higher education."

He pursued postgraduate studies where he earned a Commonwealth Masters in Business Management. This program provided him with a comprehensive understanding of business management principles and strategies. His academic journey began at the University of Guyana, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Diploma in Accountancy.

In addition to his formal degrees, he obtained a Diploma IDBX certificate in project management techniques for development professionals, providing him with valuable skills in project management within the context of development initiatives.

With a diverse educational background and a wealth of experience in academia and business management, Dr. Aaron is well-equipped to make significant contributions to the fields of higher education and workforce development. His research, expertise, and passion for innovation position him as a leader in shaping the future of education and preparing graduates for success in the modern workforce.

Completion Requirements

At least 80% attendance and corresponding participation in class activities, completion of 80% of assignments, and participants will undergo assessments to gauge their understanding of thematerial and its practical application. 

Course Credential

Participants who successfully complete the programme will earn a micro-credential pegged at the CARICOM Qualifications Framework Level 5 and will be issued with a Certificate from the University of the Southern Caribbean indicating the programme title, CQF level, the number of professional development hours and the overall letter grade. They will also be issued with atranscript showing the module completed.

Registration & Payment Instructions

Registration Process

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  1. Make a payment using any of the payment options outlined on the Payment tab. 
  2. Complete the registration form, located on the Register tab. You will be required to upload a copy of your receipt.

Making a Payment

Option One - Pay via Credit Card (TTD)

  • Go to:
  • Enter the third party payment key: 17034302
  • Select "Short Courses" from the Type of Payments dropdown menu.
  • Currency amounts can only be written in Trinidad and Tobago dollars.
  • Fill out your card details and billing information.
  • Verify that you have inserted the correct information and click “PAY NOW”.
  • You will receive an email as confirmation of your payment

Option Two – Pay by Online Transfer/Bank Deposit (TTD)

  • RBC Royal Bank Account Number: 1000-040-102-13404
  • Republic Bank Account Number: 3501-594-29201

Option Three - Pay via International Wire Transfer (USD)

  • Beneficiary: University of the Southern Caribbean
  • Beneficiary Address: Maracas Royal Road, St. Joseph
  • Beneficiary Account Number: 1000 180 103 16573
  • Beneficiary Bank Name: RBC Bank T&T Ltd.
  • Beneficiary Name Bank Address: St. Augustine Shopping Centre, EMR, St. Augustine
  • Swift Code: RBTTTTPX
  • Intermediary Bank: Bank of New York
  • Intermediary Bank Address: 48 Wall Street, NY, NY, USA ABA/Routing: 021-000-018
  • Intermediary Bank Account: 890-0016-329 in the name of RBC Bank T&T LTD

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