ADU Specialist and Academy

ADU Academy is a one-day professional education event customized for designers, builders, lenders, realtors, appraisers, real estate investors, and developers. The course will be taught by experienced practitioners.

Those who attend the Academy may earn the ADU Specialist designation, and display their ADU expertise and credentials.

Here’s an outline of the core Academy topics:


  • Exterior Design
  • Interior Design
  • Client Services
  • Typical costs
  • Small Space Psychology
  • Case Studies


  • Working on site with homeowners
  • Design/build process
  • Setting expectations
  • Specializations: Garage conversions, basement conversions, internal ADUs
  • Potential Shared assets
  • Utilities

Real Estate

  • ADU Overview
  • Market for ADUs
  • Understanding ADU potential
  • Consulting
  • Zoning entitlements
  • Consulting with Prospective Clients
  • Investors/Homeowner as developer
  • Lot line partitions
  • Development models
  • Condoization


  • ADU Costs
  • How we finance ADUs
  • Alternative Financing Options
  • Loan Options
  • Finding the right ADU funding Option for your Client


  • Overview
  • Appraisal Theory
  • What makes ADU appraisals different and challenging
  • Techniques to valuing homes with ADUs
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