The Professionals’ Choice for Real Estate Jobs

Finance / Investment

Real Estate Finance provides the fuel that keeps the industry running
The real estate finance field is extremely diverse and complex. Employers range from pension funds, insurance companies, and private-equity firms to commercial banks, private banks, and credit unions. Job titles range from investment banker to mortgage bankers and brokers as well as underwriters. Real estate financing is not just for home loans and home equity lines of credit. Major commercial loan business involves refinancing old loans, originating new construction loans, permanent financing on leased projects, and issuance of mezzanine debt and acquisition loans. Typical job functions in the field involve consulting potential borrowers and originating loans, servicing existing loans by making sure payments are being made and taxes and insurance are paid, securitizing pools of loans to be sold in the secondary MBS and CMBS markets, and much more. Loan underwriters evaluate deals to determine loan amounts, creditworthiness of borrowers, and income potential of projects. Lenders often specialize by residential or commercial focus, and further by product type including single family residential, multi-family, retail, office, industrial, and more. Lenders may also specialize by loan amount.

The start of an exciting career path…

The Analyst or Associate role in real estate is often a broad term that can refer to the starting position upon graduation from a graduate real estate or MBA program. While Analyst tends to refer more to a post-undergraduate level position, an Analyst or Associate is often embedded within a specific function of real estate, such as Development, Asset Management, Acquisitions, and the like. For example, a post-graduate position may be titled "Asset Management Associate," "Asset Management and Acquisitions Associate," or similar nomenclature. Graduate-level analysts and associates are expected to have a broad-based academic training that can be applied to the specific roles at hand. Some key competencies include financial analysis, investor and board communication, transactional activities, maintaining and analyzing financial models, maintaining ownership of monthly, quarterly, and annual deliverables, market research, underwriting deals, entitlement due-diligence, assisting portfolio management, and so forth. Such roles are often the start to a career path within a company or entry to other career paths in real estate.

Role / Company Location Posted
Pre-Construction Development ManagerCBRE Brea, CA Apr 7, 2020
Agency Asset Manager, Construction Loan ServicingCBRE Houston, TX Apr 5, 2020
Client Services, Administrative CoordinatorCBRE Seattle, WA Apr 3, 2020
Sr Capital Markets Ops AnalystCBRE Atlanta, GA Apr 2, 2020
Capital Markets Operations ManagerCBRE Newport Beach, CA Mar 31, 2020
Client Services Specialist, Real Estate LicenseCBRE Seattle, WA Mar 29, 2020
Capital Markets Ops AnalystCBRE Atlanta, GA Mar 27, 2020
InternCBRE Houston, TX Mar 26, 2020
Multifamily Loan Processor/CloserMerchants Capital St. Paul, MN Mar 30, 2020
Investment Transaction Manager- Credit StrategiesKairos Investment Management Company Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Mar 23, 2020

Looking to the future

The foundations of finance -- time value of money, income capitalization, discounted cash flow models -- and dexterity with the tools of analysis (financial modeling with spreadsheets) will always be a given in real estate finance. Future strategic advantage in real estate finance will accrue to those that stay abreast of capital market dynamics, including the changing sources of capital, regulatory impacts, and real estate's relative position within overall global financial markets. Investment vehicles are also in transition, whether it is a reconsideration of the traditional real estate private equity models or crowdfunding platforms, requiring that real estate finance adapt its analyses to fit investor preferences and practices.

Finance / Investment

Skills Required

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong Financial Modelling Skills
  • Proper Valuation and Underwriting Skills
  • Understanding of Capital Markets
  • Real Estate Market Analytics

Professional Reading and Resources

  • "Real Estate Finance & Investments" by William Brueggeman and Jeffrey Fisher
  • "The Wall Street Journal"
  • "Real Estate Economics"
  • "Affordable Housing Finance"
  • "Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics"

Industry Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree with concentration in finance, business, real estate (Minimum)
  • Master’s Degree in Finance or MBA preferred
  • CCIM: Certified Commercial Investment Member
  • CLO: Certified Loan Officer designated by MBAA
  • ARGUS certification

Top Companies

  • Wells Fargo
  • USAA Real Estate Company
  • HFF
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Pension Funds (eg. CALPERS)