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Hey! Chris Porto here. Founder of the Smart Growth Developer Academy. I'm super excited to be sharing this comprehensive training program in developing real estate that has a massive impact on your net worth and society as a whole.

When I got into real estate four years ago, I knew that I wanted my efforts to result in both increased personal freedom and sustainability of our collective future. The trouble was that I didn't quite know how to achieve this.

You see the real estate education that I received really only taught me how to take advantage of distressed opportunities like flipping single family residential property. So, it was on me to learn how to create more significant value in commercial real estate development.

After doing numerous deals of various sizes and gaining as much knowledge I could from the industry at large, I finally got clear on how to capitalize on small scale development opportunities that would achieve my wealth and impact goals.

This training is a culmination of everything that I have learned to accelerate your efforts in contributing to the smart growth movement and get rich in the process.   






Core Modules

You will get access to eight core modules 60+ minutes each with detailed powerpoint presentations. These recorded sessions cover everything you need to know to pull off a variety of small scale commercial real estate development deals. The PDF versions of each presentation are provided.

Module 1: The Vision for Smart Growth Development

Learn about the need for smart growth development to create economic, environmental and social prosperity. Gain an understanding for the principles and projects that can move the needle forward.

Module 2: Capitalizing on Real Estate Development

Learn how to assess market fundamentals, track development trends, assess risk / return profile of cities or sites and identify development potential of real estate in your area.

Module 3: Marketing for Development Opportunities

Learn how to target properties, find opportunities and source leads to create value in real estate. You will be equipped with the processes to acquire both off-market and on-market deals with different strategies.

Module 4: Analyzing the Potential of Development Sites

Learn how to conduct zoning analysis, valuation projections, cost estimates, and financial modeling to determine offer price for property owners to consider & return calculations for investors to expect.

Module 5: Negotiating Deals & Assigning Contracts

Learn how to pitch a range of options to owners and get their property under contract. You will learn methods to develop a list of developers that you can assign opportunities you secure. 

Module 6: Structuring Deals to Finance & Manage Projects

Learn how to structure deals in terms of both raising capital and managing operations to create value in the development process. You will be given deal structures to replicate in your efforts.

Module 7: Securing & Selling Entitlements from the City

Learn how to pursue and secure entitlements to sell. Understand necessary deliverables to obtain and how to navigate the process for approvals with the City. 

Module 8: Determining Pathways to Construction

Learn how to pursue the construction phase and confront challenges after approval. Understand about permitting, construction financing and management issues.

Core Systems

You will get access to the core systems that provide step by step processes and resources to successfully execute a variety of small scale commercial real estate development deals. These are live recordings with integrated presentations and the associated workbooks for each in PDF format.

Marketing Campaigns

You will be provided the step by step process for target marketing and mass marketing development opportunities off market. Resources such as an excel-based lead tracker and direct mail campaigns such as the ones shown below will be included.

Financial Model

This custom financial model for commercial real estate development will organize the necessary information and provide the insights required to structure a variety of profitable deals. Click through the slideshow below to see the tabs in the model...

Legal Contracts

There will be able to download a variety of legal contracts prepared by a licensed attorney to secure deals with development potential.

Letter of Intent for Purchase

You'll get access to an LOI that will allow you to submit non-binding offers to property owners to conduct further due diligence and decide whether you'd like to proceed to purchase or partner to develop.

Purchase & Sale Agreement

You will get access to a PSA that will allow you to submit a binding offer to a property owner to purchase or entitle the development while under contract using a customized addendum to the contract. 

Assignment Agreement

You will get access to an AA that will allow you to assign your interest in the purchase contract to another investor / develop that will close on the property and pay you a fee for the right. 

Joint Venture Agreement

You will get access to a JVA that can be used to structure a partnership with a property owner or a development partner to pursue the value creation proposition of securing an entitlement or pursuing construction.



Panel Discussions

You will get access to recorded panel discussions with my development team on all the questions that developers need to know when working with these professionals...


Architecture is both the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings or any other structures. Hear from three top architects in the Bay Area.


Engineering is the application of mathematics, science, and economics to design, build, maintain, and improve structures. Hear from an environmental, structural and civil engineer.


Construction is the process of constructing a building or infrastructure. Hear from an owner's representative and general contractor on what it takes to navigate the construction process.


'Subdivision' is the act of dividing land or air into pieces that are easier to sell or otherwise develop, usually via a plat. Hear from a top surveyor in the Bay Area and a land use attorney on pursuing this value proposition.


'Structuring' is the process of putting together a deal with both partners and financiers while taking in account the economic, management and legal considerations. Hear from my real estate CPA and transaction attorney on doing a particular deal. 


Financing in the context of real estate development is the process of raising the funds both debt and equity to acquire and improve a property. Hear from a conventional lender, private lender and financing broker on getting the money you need to pull off deals.


Marketing is the process of both acquiring or selling / leasing the real estate that you develop for a particular audience. Hear from a panel of top commercial real estate brokers in the Bay Area across multifamily, office and retail asset classes. 


'Entitlements' are legal rights conveyed by approvals from governmental entities to develop a property for a certain use, intensity, building type or building placement. Hearing from a city planner and entitlements manager on what it takes to navigate the zoning approval process.

Case Studies

These case studies are recorded powerpoint presentations featuring a range of development deals that have been carried out by Smart Growth.

Multiunit Entitlement

This deal was an acquisition of a former gas station with a small existing structure that housed a tire shop and car wash. The entitlements for a 41 unit mixed use apartment project were secured and sold to a larger developer with the intention of building 100% affordable housing. 

Condo Conversion

This deal was an acquisition of a single family residence with a commercial storefront in a higher density zone. The entitlements to convert the existing structure into two condos and a work/live unit as well as two new construction condos in the rear of the property were sold to a residential developer. 

Lot Subdivision

This deal was an acquisition of a mixed use apartment building on a large lot that could be split and support additional housing units. The entitlements for the lot split and approval to build a sixteen room coliving project were sold to an operating group and the existing building was sold to another investor.



Fundamentals Program
Five Core Modules w/ Presentations

You will be granted access to the five-part Fundamentals Program in Building Wealth with Real Estate Development. These high level overviews cover the key elements of the business model for a real estate development company including Strategy, Structuring, Acquisitions, Financing and Development. Beyond the recorded videos, you will get access to the PowerPoint Presentations, MP3 Recordings and Transcripts.

Private Discussion Group

You will be granted access to a private Facebook Group that includes all past participants in the Smart Growth Development Academy. This resource is a great way to connect and collaborate with professionals looking to focus on similar real estate developments projects.

"I was able to go through and complete the Smart Growth Developer Academy signature training. Using what I learned from the program, I was able to complete my first entitlement flip opportunity for a $600k profit! This program has allowed me to open my eyes to the world of opportunities and I'm excited to further my growth and career as an up and coming Real Estate Developer!"

Jimmy Tu
Real Estate Investor

You will get so much value... Guaranteed!

There will be so much value packed into this program to ensure you become a raving fan and successful example of what's possible in this movement. If you aren't satisfied with your experience after the first two sessions, I will refund your money back no questions asked. Here's my assessment of the value that you will get out of this...

  • 8 Core Modules with 60 Minute PowerPoint Presentations on the Development Process (Value $4997)
  • 6 Core Systems with 60 Minute PowerPoint Presentations on Step-by-Step Approach to Development (Value $4997)
  • Marketing Campaigns for Direct Mail and Cold Calling owners of Single Family, Multifamily, Commercial Real Estate and Land (Value $1997)
  • Financial Model to Calculate Offer Prices for Development Opportunities across Residential and Commercial Real Estate Asset Classes (Value $1997)
  • Legal Contracts including example Letter of Intent, Purchase & Sale Agreement, Assignment Agreement and Joint Venture Agreement (Value $1997)
  • Panel Discussions with Top Development Professionals (Value $997)
  • Case Studies of Past Real Estate Deals by Smart Growth (Value $997)
  • Fundamentals Program with 5 Core Modules professionally produced with PowerPoint presentations, MP3 recordings and transcripts (Value $997)
  • Private Discussion Group with the Smart Growth Development Community of Practice hosted on Facebook (Value $497)


When you combine all the various features listed above, this is a value of $19,473 for the training program that you will be getting for a fraction of that when it comes to your financial investment!


You will get TWO TICKETS to an event featuring deep dive trainings on real estate development. This will be in Fall 2018 in Oakland, California.


Join this 8 week signature training program on Building Wealth & Creating Impact with Real Estate Development. Click on the link below to get started today!

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