LMU Real Estate Certificate Program

Downtown LA

The LMU Real Estate Certificate Program equips students with conceptual, practical and specialized skills and in-depth knowledge of various real estate topics. Led by industry professionals, the program features a series of seminars that cover a variety of topics. The program is open to all LMU students, including Loyola Law School students. The program will: 

  • Advance students' knowledge on the latest trends and issues in real estate
  • Provide relevant skills to make students more hirable in the real estate industry
  • Increase student, alumni and industry participation in LMU and CBA
  • Connect students with a diverse group of real estate professionals 

Sponsored by LMU Real Estate Advisory Council, LMU Real Estate Society and LMU Real Estate Alumni Group.

Certificate Requirements

Program participants must:

  • Be a member of the LMU Real Estate Society or LLS Real Estate Law Society
  • Complete a total of six seminars (first three seminars are mandatory)
  • Attend one Real Estate Advisory Council event

2022-2023 Seminars

Students participating in the LMU Real Estate Certificate Program must complete 6 out of 12 seminars. Seminars 1-3 are mandatory as they are foundational in nature and are offered in both the fall and spring semesters. See dates, course descriptions and registration links in the dropdowns below.

The certificate program will be offered each academic year with new dates added once confirmed.

  • Friday, Jan. 20, 2023
    1 - 4 p.m. PT
    Hilton 300 or Zoom

    Instructor: Anthony Walker, MBA '12, CEO and Managing Broker, Buckingham Investments 

    This course is designed to give students a general framework for evaluating, qualifying and selecting appropriate real estate investments in different asset classes and markets to create long term wealth. Students will gain an understanding of industry standard terminology, metrics and financial concepts to be able to identify potential investments in any market and evaluate them for suitability vs. a personalized investment plan.

  • Friday, Feb. 17, 2023
    1 - 4 p.m. PT
    Hilton 304 or Zoom

    Instructor: Mark Macedo '86, MBA '94, Managing Partner, Geneva Street Partners 

    This seminar provides an understanding of the debt and equity capital stack in real estate transactions using financial metrics such as Return on Cost, XIRR, IRR, LTV, DCR and JV Waterfalls.

  • Friday, Jan. 27, 2023
    1 - 4 p.m.
    Hilton 300 or Zoom

    Instructor: Daniel Liffmann, Partner, Mayer Brown

    This seminar will cover various topics in real estate law, including negotiating leases, purchase and sale agreements, development agreements and other contracts in real estate development projects.

  • Friday, Oct. 28
    1 - 4 p.m. PT
    Hilton 300 or Zoom

    Instructor: Kathy Seferian '84, Real Estate Director - West Coast, Wendy’s International 

    This seminar analyzes real estate markets in both a macro and micro level to optimize profitable growth through site selection.

  • Friday, Nov. 4
    1 - 4 p.m. PT
    Hilton 300 or Zoom

    Instructor: Edgard Asensio, MBA '12, Founder, Asensio Real Estate

    This course is designed to introduce students to 1031 exchanges from the vantage point of real estate investors specializing in office, mixed-use, multifamily and industrial properties. The class discusses the value proposition of engaging in a 1031 exchange as a way to unlock the existing equity in commercial real estate assets, review the set of financial models and frameworks used to assess the economics of the transactions, and assess the equal or greater value of the replacement property.

    Students will be able to understand the fundamentals of 1031 exchange process, replacement property identification rules to complete an exchange, timeline to complete the exchange, applied strategies to relinquish real estate and acquire new property while deferring capital gains, depreciation recapture and net investment income on the sale of the relinquished property. Students also acquire an understanding of exchanging real estate assets to improve financial performance, quality of assets and increase value to a real estate portfolio.  

  • Friday, Nov. 18
    1 - 4 p.m.
    Hilton 300 or Zoom

    Instructor: Gerard Bisignano '77, MBA '83, Owner & Founder, The Bisignano Group

    This session will:

    • Explore career paths and opportunities in residential real estate
    • Discuss the process of entering the profession, starting and building a career, working with buyers, working with sellers, the escrow process, advertising and branding, the teams concept, and building and maintaining a client base.
    • Cover wealth creation through owning real estate

    We will focus on the Southern California real estate market but the career and sales principles are universal and apply to all states.

    The session will also explore the influence on Southern California by the past and present architectural masters such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, Pierre Koenig, Paul Revere Williams and Ray Kappe as well as current influencers like Richard Meir, Richard Landry, Thom Mayne, Frank Gehry and more.

    We will also explore the images of Julius Shulman, whose ability to capture iconic architectural images had amazing impact in promoting the “Art of California Architecture” and whose photographs helped propel the careers of many. 


  • Friday, Dec. 2
    1 - 4 p.m. PT
    Hilton 300 or Zoom

    Instructor: Chris Gray '01, President, Moss & Company 

    This seminar teaches students how to maximize long and short term returns of real estate assets through active asset and property management.

  • Friday, Feb. 3
    1 - 4 p.m. PT
    Hilton 300 or Zoom

    Instructor: Dominique Hargreaves '04, Director, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, American Realty Advisors

    This seminar will review the ROI and economics of sustainability from a market, social and long-term perspective.

  • Friday, Feb. 10
    1 - 4 p.m. PT
    Hilton 300 or Zoom

    Instructor: Erwin Bucy, MBA '94, Principal, Paragon Commercial Group

    This course provides an overview of retail lease negotiation with major tenants. Students will learn the importance of recapture rights, opening covenants, guarantors, assignment provisions, exclusive provisions, and allowed uses.  Real world examples will be discussed using major tenant letters of intent and lease provisions.

  • Friday, March 10
    1 - 4 p.m. PT
    Hilton 300 or Zoom

    Instructor: Sandeep Patel '00, Senior Vice President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    This course provides an overview of underwriting and structuring of commercial real estate loans. Topics covered include risk analysis and underwriting process, valuation/appraisal principles, environmental considerations, historical and projected cash flow analysis, the importance of relationships, and evaluating current market conditions. Course will provide an overview of how lenders review real estate packages for loan consideration.


  • Friday, March 17
    1 - 4 p.m. PT
    Hilton 300 or Zoom


    Instructor: Matthew May '84, Founder & President, May Realty Advisors

    In this course, students will learn about the impact that data and technology has and will make   on real estate investment decisions from lenders, to occupiers, to municipalities, and to developers.    Technology in real estate has made significant strides in inventory management, acceleration of delivery of goods, sales analysis and competitor analysis. The convergence of real estate and technology will not only enhance investment returns but mitigate long term risk.

  • Friday, March 24
    1 - 4 p.m. PT
    Hilton 300 or Zoom


    Instructor: Brad Goodman '15, Vice President, Chicago Title

    In this course, students will learn about the closing process and the functions of title insurance and escrow. Real estate can be the largest part of many people’s net worth and protecting their investment with title insurance is crucial. We will go over what is covered under a title insurance policy, the preliminary title report, types of common recorded documents, the function of escrow, types of careers at a title company, and the role of a sales representative.