A skilled, confident team is fundamental to your company’s efficient and profitable performance. The most productive, effective and committed employees are those who have received comprehensive, focused training. That's precisely where BOMA can help. Foundations of Real Estate Management provides the building blocks you need to build your high-performance team. Effective, targeted training from the industry leader…What are you waiting for?

Foundations is a soup-to-nuts, 6-module, 30-hour entry-level course, covering the fundamentals of commercial real estate administration, management, building systems, accounting and reporting, contract management and more.

  • A complete package—instruction, peer networking, property tours
  • Live, in-person training with instruction from seasoned professionals
  • Behind-the-scenes tours of buildings - ALL “The Outstanding Building of the Year” Award Winners
  • Small class sizes to facilitate learning, discussion & team activities - limited to 25 students
  • A comprehensive course manual that is easy to read and a valuable resource back on the job

    Foundations of Real Estate Management will be offered
    the 5 Fridays in March 2019

Quotes from Past Students:

“From façade to basement, this class provided a real life overview of concepts both familiar and more detailed regarding properties. If you’re new to the business or simply looking for perspectives from other property managers, this is a great course to consider.”
Nicolette Romans, Project Coordinator/Leasing Admin., Summit Property Management

JenB“I attended the Foundations course on a recommendation by my manager and was skeptical that it would be beneficial to me.  I felt that a foundations course would not enhance the experience and knowledge I had gained as a 25+ year professional in the industry.  I could not have been more mistaken.   Having peer instructors and neighbor buildings to tour was a wonderful opportunity to share ideas, struggles, and victories.  I learned so much and connected with colleagues that I had not seen in years, met new friends and now have a support system to bounce ideas off of.  It was an invaluable experience and  I and would recommend foundations to anyone in the field”
Jennifer Babila, Facilities Manager, CBRE - Ford Land Account

“I signed up for the BOMA Foundations course in 2015 as a lawyer with high expectations given my experience in BOMA. I wanted to learn more about my clients and the real estate industry and I was not disappointed. The course was intensive, but covered a multitude of areas. In addition, the instructors were top notch experts in the field and provided unique tours of some of Metro-Detroit's most prominent buildings. I would definitely recommend the course to those looking to impress their peers with knowledge and connections that cannot be found anywhere else.”
Ian Bolton, Ian Bolton Law, PLLC

“As a vendor member of BOMA, I found the Foundations class to be a very valuable experience. I was able to get to know more about our clients, who are property managers, and gain an increased respect for many different aspects of their job and the challenges entailed. I feel that the knowledge gained in this course has helped me develop a greater understanding of how to best serve our clients. The course was also an excellent opportunity to network with clients and other vendors.”
Nicole Mullins, Moylan Energy Management

The principal audience for this program is all property management professionals with less than 5 years’ experience, although others with even ten or more years of experience in the field have reported that the program not only serves as a refresher but also offers important information not covered in other courses.

The Foundations Curriculum—What You’ll Learn
Module 1: Real Estate Administration

  • Roles and responsibilities of a property manager
  • Adding value to a real estate investment
  • Strategies for tenant satisfaction
  • Contracting with vendors and suppliers and managing supplier agreements
  • Property characteristics and leasing and marketing strategies
  • Managing risk and understanding commercial insurance coverages
  • Property Tour: the property management office

Module 2: The Well-Versed Real Estate Manager

  • Developing effective emergency and disaster preparedness plans and programs
  • Managing tenant improvements
  • Budgeting, accounting, and business plan development
  • Models for recovering operating expenses
  • Due diligence process for buying and selling real estate
  • Understanding OSHA safety requirements
  • Understanding indoor air quality issues and EPA requirements
  • Property Tour: engineering office and non-office occupancies

Module 3: Building Operations I

  • How HVAC and plumbing systems work
  • How electricity flows through a building and the various levels of power
  • Work order systems and best practices for managing service calls
  • Property Tour: HVAC, domestic water, fire alarm, fire sprinkler, main electric room

Module 4: Building Operations II

  • Types and operations of fire alarm and control systems
  • Reactive vs. preventive vs. predictive maintenance of building facilities and systems
  • Elevator and escalator systems and operations
  • Roofing systems—built-up, modified bitumen, single-ply
  • Managing solid waste and recycling
  • Managing cleaning services and contracts
  • Property Tour: elevators/escalators, roof systems, solid waste/recycling, janitorial inspection

Module 5: Putting it All Together

  • Successful approaches to pest management
  • Types of parking structures and parking management
  • Assuring secure and safe buildings
  • Understanding and managing landscaping tasks and snow removal
  • Learn about BOMA and meet BOMA leaders
  • Learning assessment group exercise
  • Property Tour: parking, security, pest control, landscaping

Module 6: Other Property Types

  • Focus on major similarities and differences between managing office buildings and industrial, retail, mixed-use and medical office buildings.

BOMA Foundations of Real Estate Management™ has been developed from BOMA/Atlanta’s successful education program Property Management 101.