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UHC Lecture Series 2009 8) Commercial Real Estate Finance

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 · 7:00 PM

8. Commercial Real Estate Finance 2009

Lecturer: Dan Kastilahn
Date/time: NEW DATE! Wednesday, August 12 at 7:00pm
Location: Budlong Woods Branch of the Chicago Public Library
5630 N. Lincoln, Chicago, Illinois 60659

Lecture summary

If green building is on your wishlist, please don’t miss our this free lecture.
The timely how-to-guide: Commercial Real Estate Finance: Going Green 2009 will be presented by financial wizard Dan Kastilahn. He will address the basics of commercial real estate finance in the capital markets. Topics will include pros and cons for developers, investors, lenders, property managers, etc., when it comes to green buildings.

A number of events have taken place recently that affect opportunities in developing green real estate. The housing crisis may come to mind first, but the Stimulus package and other government programs play a role, as do the Chicago Climate Action Plan and other targeted loan and financing incentives.

Topics addressed in the lecture include:
Traditional real estate finance in the capital markets, including portfolio lenders, securitization - (CMBS), and the basics of underwriting.
Why green commercial buildings? A discussion of corporate sustainability initiatives, the benefits of energy savings, as well as rents and occupancy strategies for developers, owners, and property managers.
How does “green” affect financing today? Finding lenders and property insurers, and other key steps for investing in green commercial real estate in the current market.

The lecture sets the stage for our Chicago 2175: Creating the Change event starting the following day - we hope you can make it to both!

Speaker biography

Dan Kastilahn is Assistant Vice President of Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities at Dominion Bond Rating Service Limited, a rating agency that offers credit analysis of corporate, financial institutions, and government issues in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Dan got his “green” thumb while enrolled in an Environmental Management course at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He returned home to Chicago to get his Masters in Environmental Management & Enterprise at IIT’s Stuart School of Business under Dr. George Nassos.

Before working in finance, Dan interned at the City of Chicago’s Department of Environment, primarily in the Permitting and Enforcement division and in collaboration with Streets and Sanitation on the city’s recycling programs. Dan is a green building advocate who brings a financial perspective to the issue.

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