The Real Estate Council Offers Dallas Area Nonprofit Agencies Free Real Estate Courses

Top Quote The Real Estate Council and the Center for Nonprofit Management will offer the Nonprofit Real Estate Certificate courses to help nonprofit agencies address real estate needs. Classes begin in September and are free. Applications are required and due by August 27, and space is limited to 25 agencies. End Quote
  • Dallas, TX (1888PressRelease) August 12, 2010 - The Real Estate Council (TREC) has partnered with the Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) to offer the Nonprofit Real Estate Certificate, a five-part series on the most important real estate issues facing nonprofit agencies and how to address these needs. The series runs once a month from September 2010 through January 2011. It is designed for nonprofit executive directors, senior staff and board members involved in real estate decisions.

    Classes begin in September and are free. Applications are required and due by August 27, and space is limited to 25 agencies. Attendees will receive a certificate upon completion of at least four of the five modules. A special thanks to Chase for underwriting this program and to TREC member Eliza Solender for donating her time to help develop the program.

    According to Beth Lambert Saul, TREC vice president of community services, "Real estate is typically the second-largest budget item for a nonprofit and a high priority for decision makers. TREC, along with member Eliza Solender of Solender/Hall, has created a curriculum to help educate those in charge of real estate decisions."

    Course work will provide community organizations with the technical expertise and skills needed to analyze real estate needs (such as the decision to lease, buy or develop) and navigating the development process including financing and political advocacy. This is a capacity-building program that will provide nonprofits with the capabilities to make educated real estate decisions. The target agencies are organizations serving low- to moderate-income neighborhoods.

    The course is taught in five learning modules. Mentor volunteers who are development members of The Real Estate Council will also be assigned to each nonprofit to provide ongoing support and problem solving as needed.

    The five modules:
    Module One - "Real Estate Overview"
    Thursday, September 23, 2010 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    Module Two - "Becoming a Savvy Tenant, Buyer or Seller"
    Thursday, October 28, 2010 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    Module Three - "Demographics, Geography & Politics"
    Tuesday, November 16, 2010 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    Module Four - "Lessons Learned from Construction"
    Tuesday, December 14, 2010 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    Module Five - "Finding the Money"
    Thursday, January 27, 2010 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

    Expertise in all property types is available: commercial, office, multifamily, retail and single family including home builders and land developers, condominium development, others. Development expertise is available in finance, legal, architecture, planning, title, construction, accounting, brokerage and many other areas of specialization.

    For more information or an application, visit,, or contact TREC's Beth Lambert Saul at 214-580-1675 or Holland Morris at 214-580-1680.

    About TREC:
    Founded in 1990, The Real Estate Council (TREC) is a dynamic organization of 1,300 commercial real estate professionals representing more than 500 companies in the Dallas area. TREC pursues industry advocacy efforts on local and statewide public policy issues and works to improve the quality of life in Dallas with initiatives that address housing, education, job creation and the environment. Since 1990 TREC's investments in the community have totaled $75 million in pro bono professional expertise and added asset value supported by $8 million in cash. TREC is a leader of efforts shaping the future of Dallas including the original $1.5 million investment that spearheaded Woodall Rodgers Park, as well as $6.3 million in pro bono legal and title services and $250,000 in funding that helped create Dallas' Urban Land Bank. Find out more at or by calling 214.692.3600.

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