Demystify the world of listed property and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and diversify your portfolio. Discover how REITs work, analyse their profitability, and unlock their potential for generating passive income. Understand the principles behind property investment, and how they can help professional and general investors to make more informed decisions. This workshop is designed to provide you with the fundamental knowledge you need, from making basic financial models to structuring a portfolio. The workshop is for practicing professionals in the real estate or finance industry, as well as general investors looking to expand their knowledge into South African and international listed property investments. You will not need any specific knowledge in property for the workshop, and whether you're new to investing or looking to expand your real estate knowledge this session will empower you to make informed investment decisions.

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Day 1

Garreth Elston

Real Estate as an Asset Class

Introduction to real estate markets
Property investment decision making
Real estate space market and asset market
Real estate cycles and market analysis
Introduction to REITs

What is a REIT, and what legal requirements do they meet?
Brief overview of REIT development
Why REITs exist
Types of REITs
Subsectors (Residential, Office, Retail, Industrial, Healthcare, etc.)
Financial Modelling

Review of financial mathematics
Discounted cash flow (DCF) model basics
Investment decision criteria
Sources of debt and equity for commercial property investments

Analysing REITs

Key Metrics: FFO (Funds From Operations)
AFFO (Adjusted Funds From Operations)
NAV (Net Asset Value)
Dividend Yield
Comparison to Stocks: Similarities and differences in valuation approaches
Investing in REITs

Investment portfolio management
Portfolio risk and return
Measuring portfolio performance
Individual REIT stocks
International REITs
REIT Exchange-traded Funds
REIT Unit Trusts
Portfolio Allocation: REITs as a real estate asset class alongside direct property ownership
Future of Real Estate

The future of real estate
Sustainable investing in real estate: Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing
What is PropTech and how is it reshaping the real estate industry?