I've been an observer on this site for a few years. In my mid-40s but use the site to keep current on how younger guys look at the business, career expectations, etc. Thought I'd do this AMA in order to pass on what I've learned (though it's your call as to how much you...
I'm curious to see how other WSOer's job search for <abbr title="commercial real estate">CRE</abbr> is going. Are people seeing a lot of success or struggling?
I cant find much in the way of compensation for real estate other then the summary page from the HR consultant that is floating around here, so I thought maybe people will be willing to describe what they do, their market, and what their compensation looks like. Industry: Real Estate...
I've had a couple of people PM me about what I do in <abbr title="real estate investment trust">REIT</abbr> acquisitions and what the deal process looks like. I figured I'd post this for people's future reference. I work at a fairly large <abbr...
Theres no statistical evidence for this but, why is real estate second to most other financial services jobs? Most people in business school are primarily looking for <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr>, consulting, <abbr title="asset...
I'm beginning my MRED in the Fall, and am starting to wind up my networking efforts. I figured a CapIQ screen of every developer in the nation sorted by State/City would probably be a good start. I hope that anyone else in a similar situation finds this useful. Let me know if you have...
Can anyone speak to what it's like working at a Hines/Tishman/Related in a flagship office (NY/LA)? Somewhat curious about comp, hours, culture and all that, but far more interested in the actual quality of the work and what the impact is on your career. As an analyst at one of these...
In the last 60 days I've seen so many deals fall out. Not just mine but other brokers across several asset classes. Buyers are hyper critical of everything. Sellers still want crazy money...Apartment investors selling at 4 caps and trying to buy retail at a 6. They see the end in...
What has been the biggest lesson you learned this year in your RE career? Has anything surprising occurred or any interesting moments/events/trends you’ve come across at work and witnessed in the estate field? How other players are reacting to the market? 1st year at your current job or...
So.... I'm kind of getting sick of explaining to friends and family that I'm not a realtor. Plus even when I do try to explain the concept of being a real estate investment analyst at a family office, it just kind of flies over everyone's head and they still assume that I'm a...
Always found REPE compensation info to be spotty so looking to share. Market: <abbr title="New York City">NYC</abbr> Experience: 7 years Role: Acquisitions Firm Size: $7B AUM Salary: $150k Bonus: 70%-100% of Salary Carry: N/A Hours: 45 hours/week
Alright folks, let's have everyone's best guess (or inside knowledge) of what city the new Amazon HQ2 will be located. I am going with Denver and Colorado Springs. The culture is really great Marijuana is legal Plenty of other large corporations have their HQ there The cost of...
It seems as though many people are fleeing California because of soaring rent increases, weak infrastructure/high traffic, high taxes, and lack of water. Where will the top places to live and develop real estate be in the next 5-10 years? It seems as if the best places would be business...
People ask about the best real estate books to read on this forum almost daily and we're happy to toss <a...
Read this article last week and was impressed by this guy's story. https://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanvardi/2017/07/18/the-30-year-old-texas-tycoon-who-is-building-a-real-estate-empire/#181cfb0594e5 Something that struck me: I just read through the thread about how tough it is to get...
For many of us who are still younger on this page, it is an intended goal to become a principal. As I think it would be very helpful, for those who are principals (on the younger side): * How did you get to where you are now? * What route did you take career-wise? * What obstacles did...
Figured I would give back to the community. I have a modeling test I was recently given for a debt/equity shop that I am happy to share. PM me and I will send it over.
Curious to hear some of your stories with firms in your career in the RE industry. I'm sure a lot of you had worked at small firms where it might have been a cluster fuck or you got hoodwinked into a position that wasn't what you thought it was.
While there was a recent thread about buying in a rising interest rate environment, I'd like to have a thoughtful discussion about where you're predicting interest rates to be in 1-2 years and how that will impact the market, if at all. To preface the discussion: I first entered...
Was wondering what formulas most of you are using on the job? Thanks. I have excel tests that I will have to do for some final round interviews so was wondering if there are any recommended websites to practice.
Hi, I have a partner interview with a large commerical real estate firm, and I was wondering if anyone had any insight into what type of questions I should expect and how to best answer them. I've been told questions will be mostly fit questions. Any help will be greatly appreciated, and...
There is an age old adage that your monthly housing expense should never be above 30% of your after tax income that I think is completely irrelevant in today's rental and housing market. I'm curious to see what the average renter's/home owner's monthly expense including...
I'm seeing a lot of MSRE/MRED questions lately as people are either choosing between programs, getting ready to start programs in a few months, or thinking about applying for 2018. I am a recent Master of Real Estate graduate and I know we have a lot of current and former students on...
I am seeing a ton of shit OMs from brokers labeling everything value-add for multifamily. This is nothing new but who is the potential buyer pool for these shit class B & C assets? To my main question, is it realistic to expect rents can be doubled at a property in 18 to 124 months at a 50...
Curious what SoCal guys think the future holds for LA. The change here is staggering. Tech companies are flooding in. Snapchat, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/amazon" target="_blank">Amazon</a></span>, Google and others all...
I want to share an experience I just had on my third week of being a first year analyst in RE <abbr title="asset management ">AM</abbr>. To give a little background, I work in a second tier east coast market (Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, DC etc) working at a large <abbr...
Was speaking with someone in my network (M7 <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">mba</abbr> student, soon to be working in RE) about the amount of RE interest/activity on <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> and he responded...
Wanted to do this since I have recently seen a trend of more <abbr title="commercial real estate">CRE</abbr> posts in general, and quite a few about REPE specifically. Brief background: -Not really sure if there's such a thing as a 'target' tranche for...
I think this would be very beneficial to a lot of people on this forum, so if you could list your career path to how you got to your position you are currently in now from undergrad, as well as the firm or at the least the size, it would be very appreciated. Ex: investment sales (think...
I thought it would be cool if guys here can give their "day in the life" from 9am to whenever of a typical day for them at their current role/company. I think it would be great for inexperienced guys like myself to see what is like formguys here from development to brokerage to REPE...
Monkeys, I've been trying to find online if there are any macros or hotkeys for the paste formula option. I find myself using this option all the time in my modeling and really can't find another method quicker than just right clicking and clicking paste fx. If anyone has any advice on...
For the record: I'm anti-left, so this isn't some liberal rant. Every time I listen to Trump I am astonished how incoherent he is and how we answers questions. He seems like a sub-120 IQ person to me. He simply does not sound like an intelligent person. I suspect some of this is due...
<em>Mod note: <strong><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/faq/what-are-the-best-qa-threads-and-interviews-with-top-finance-professionals-on-wso ">Click here</a></strong> to see all of our q&a's and interviews</em><P> So the deal I...
For me, I'd have to say the Le Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy France. Something about a huge castle on a tiny island close to shore. Also the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. Brings be back to a different time. P.S. Not french Whats your favorite building? Can be both new and old. My...
What do you guys think? This would be very useful to many of us.
Commissions and fees
What is the biggest mistake you've made on the job? Curious to see how bad things have gone and how they were handled.
What types of real estate side hustles do people have? My intention is to work in real estate in a full-time capacity, but also have a side hustle like owning my own commercial properties or being a broker. I would like to hear of anyone's experiences with their real estate side hustles and...
Listen, I'm no doomsday guy. But let's talk about the thing on everyone's mind. Acquisitions folk out there - you get dumped during a capital markets freeze - what do you do (take a less prestigious job, change industry, wait it out, etc...) For those older Monkeys (much...
Any of you nerds tracking it? Looks like it will be on the ballot in November (should be confirmed by June 28th). Could be bad news bears for a lot of California resi guys (yours truly included). Considering buying the July puts on Essex.
Hello <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> community, I am moving on at my company (Bridge Investment Group) into a different role, which has opened up an opportunity on our Investment Strategy & Research team. The Investment Strategy & Research team is...
Since Marcus & Millichap is known to be competent at representing both the seller and the principle (correct me if I'm wrong), why is it not considered to be one of the top brokerages to work for as an Investment Sales associate? Is it because of the fact that they don't provide...
So I have been offered an interview with a top real estate private equity firm but don't know much about the technical side of it. How do you calculate <abbr title="free cash flow">FCF</abbr> when looking at real estate? I know the formula when analysing companies...
I want to do a little brainstorming on the topic of redevelopment in emerging neighborhoods. I don't want the standard "cash advance, cash for gold, gun shop, liquor shop" response or the ever so cliche micro-brewery. What kind of cool developments have you seen in rough areas...
The Duke of Wall Street
Curious if anyone knows someone or has worked within a Family Office (~$2bn in equity) and what exit opps look like? Specifically, how it would look to Business Schools, REPEs, and potential investors if one was to open their own fund one day.
In honor of C.R.E. Shervin’s brilliant reply to the DLC Mgmt thread - www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/dlc-management - I noticed through my years of browsing career websites, like Select Leaders or Indeed, that there is a significant amount of companies that are always marketing an...
Hi monkeys, I have an offer for a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/guide/wso-internship-guide">summer internship at HFF</a></span> in a large city (think <abbr title="New York">NY</abbr>, LA, Chicago). When I signed my offer...
I want this thread to be a way to think out loud about how we do business during trying economic times. It seems many (most?) of us on this forum are newer to <abbr title="commercial real estate ">CRE</abbr> and have never been in the industry during a...
Assuming a recession is coming in the next decade or so, which careers in real estate are the most vulnerable? I'll be entering the real world in the next few years and this might influence my career decisions coming out of undergrad
What are some of the emerging trends that you all think will prevail throughout our time in the industry? For one, I think cheap debt will be a thing of the past when we look at the steady decline that the 10-year treasury has been on since 1981. How this will affect the identification and...
Would kindly appreciate your feedback. I recently joined a boutique real estate firm after 4 years on the debt site to do acquisitions and development. it's a small shop with three principals, an acquisitions manager (aka moron from hell) and me as acquisitions associate. Here is...
Have seen a couple posts on here about fear of recession. Wanted to get some of you guys' thoughts on the greatest signs of foreboding in our industry. Obviously interest risks and sky-high prices in construction and assets can be worrisome, but I wanted to see what other major / minor...
I found myself wanting to have a deeper understanding of the property characteristics of industrial buildings, and really went down the rabbit hole on research. I aggregated a good bit of information for future reference, and thought this may be of interest to others. If you've ever been...
I'm going through investors archive YouTube real estate interviews now but am still relatively ignorant regarding real estate leaders. I'm thinking along the lines of the Ray Dalios/Howard Marks of real estate; aside from our beloved President of course. Was wondering if anyone has...
<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top AMA's from 2015, this one was originally posted 1/6/2015.</em> Hi Guys, I've noticed there's been a lot of unanswered questions about REPE on the forums lately. Given that <abbr...
I doubt any one here has started a real estate private equity firm, but given my access to some institutional money ($+-200M) I might--MIGHT--be in the process and, to be completely honest, there really aren't any better real estate forums that I'm aware of, so I figured this would be...
Now I know this is a question that does not necessarily have a correct answer however I would be curious to hear what everyone thinks is the "best" property type. Assuming you can only develop an expertise in one property type and that will be your niche for the rest of your career...
I have the desire to one day start my own development business and I read a lot of comments on here where people mention that they plan on one day starting their own shop or that's "that's the dream." I was just wondering how many of you are taking the steps to make this...
Like the title says, I’m trying to figure out the worst first job you can have in commercial real estate. That way users can know to avoid it and aim for something equally easy to get but less hindering to your career. Based off what I’ve read here, appraisal and DUS lending seem to be...
Please note: This is not a political debate on Clinton vs Trump, please dont start. We know that Donald Trump is one of the most controversial candidates to ever run for President of the United States. His opinions, views and speeches have caused chaos all over the globe, he has made a lot of...
What types of roles in Real Estate Finance/ Development provide the best work life with decent pay??
Let's get a list going of very cool, boutique (or larger) developers. Always think it's cool to hear about these shops of just a handful of guys doing really badass projects. I'll start with a few: Scott Gillen (Malibu, CA) Plus Development Group (West Hollywood, CA) Aby...
Is it just me or is this firm moving and at a rapid pace which in my opinion may not end well..they are only 7 years running and in that time they have went from their core business of office coworking, to building a fund, elementary school and now are possibly going into retail and hospitality?...
Hi all - although I haven't posted much, I've been lurking in the shadows for a while now. After mooching off of all the amazing posts, I figured it was time to give back as there have not been any posts related to a Day in the Life of a net lease investment sales broker. ...
I know we've had similar threads for books (and frankly I'm sure we've had similar threads related to exactly what I'm asking), but while I was looking at various real estate youtube videos/podcasts/articles/anything a lot of what came up was trashy or just came off like an...
There is almost a guarantee you'll get this question if you are interviewing for a job on the principal side coming from Investment Sales / Debt Brokerage / Lending, and I feel that this question is harder to answer if you're not already in acquisitions. IE in lending we're...
Commissions and fees
Brokers are doing their job well. In an environment where deals fall through off rising rates, which I assume means they were too sensitive to debt anyway, properties are trading at cap rates where even with aggressive leverage, they will likely deliver sub 15% IRRs, and sub 8% coc returns after...
If you're on the <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> real estate forum, surely you've heard about Peter Linneman and his text Real Estate Finance & Investments... but I'd be interested to find out who else is out there. Who are some of the other...
I know the MSRE vs. <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> topic has been discussed here multiple times, and I have read through the old posts. I wanted to share my situation/goals and see if anyone here could shed some light on some of my thoughts....
The Duke of Wall Street
Does anyone have experience or even a primer for investing in this space? Thinking more at the owner-operator level and less at the REPE/Institutional Investor level.
Quick question. What would be everyone's suggestion for the best career path to end up in real estate private equity for someone starting off? Just graduated from college and want to start somewhere. Real estate development? Real estate acquisitions?
Hey <abbr title="commercial real estate">CRE</abbr> Monkeys... I know that not only are there numerous buy-side <abbr title="commercial real estate">CRE</abbr> guys but there are a few brokers out there. I'd love to start a forum where brokers...
I have spoken to brokers in my market about what they did starting out, but understandably nobody wanted to get too specific. Since this is an anonymous forum I figured I'd see if you guys could help me out. How did you handle the financial strains of the first 1 or 2 years of being a...
[quote] FHA will finance a 4 unit home with only 3.5% down. The rental income of the 3 remaining units is calculated as income and assists buyer for qualifying. Like all FHA home loans this is for owner occupied homes only meaning you will need to live in the property. There is no maximum...
So I've recently begun to think in more detail about how to set up my own REPE shop - realistically starting 5 to 10 years from now. One thing I am struggling with is how to finance the early days of the operation. I'm realistically going to be able to contribute say $2-$3 million of...
It seems everyone wants to be an analyst and not a broker. Am I missing something? A broker often makes over an analysts entire salary in one deal. It appears a good broker with a top 5 shop in most major markets is making 250-1,500,000 a year. Mediocre ones are still pulling over 100k. On...
Hi Everyone, I read a lot of these forums a couple years back and they helped considerably in terms of realistic expectations about day to day life as an analyst. I was hoping to return the favor by answering a few questions (if anyone has any) about life as an analyst at a buy side real...
Hi <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr>, for the past year, this community has been extremely helpful to me, helped answer some of my stupid and basic questions on real estate finance. I have now secured a summer internship at a solid <abbr title="bulge...
I've received a lot of PMs over the months about how I switched from Big 4 audit to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-a-real-estate-investment-trust-reit"><abbr title="real estate investment...
So, I've been trying to find an actual Investment Committee Memo from a real deal. I randomly asked for one on an existing thread on this board and someone told me it was too "proprietary" for anyone to share. Fair enough. So I took to the magical, wonderful Google! Started...
Through the past few months after deciding I wanted to start my career in <abbr title="commercial real estate">CRE</abbr>, I've spoken with people in the industry and read a lot of insight on this forum, and it seems like every one loves what they do and have a...
<abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> has provided me tons of valuable information over the years and helped me break into real estate a few years ago. Now it's time to pay it forward. I am going to be 100% full disclosure on everything (except compensation). I...
Hey guys, Why do you enjoy working in real estate private equity and why did you choose this career? Do you also think that real estate debt is interesting, if yes or no why? Looking forward to your comments
So I get that everyone's read the <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> guide on how to walk an interviewer through a <abbr title="discounted cash flow">DCF</abbr>, <abbr title="leveraged buyout">LBO</abbr>, etc., and...
I spend a lot of time at work thinking about the value proposition of housing, and wrote this bad boy up when I was bored... Interested in any thoughts/criticisms. The mortgage banking industry is the largest consumer lending industry on the planet, responsible for $6 trillion in loans in...
I love hearing about clever strategies developers and investors have employed, especially value-add deals and repositioning of previously underutilized properties!
Looking to discuss / get recommendations on an interesting (and seemlingly new) investment strategy that is growing in the multifamily space. The strategy (as its name suggests) is to buy a newly constructed assets that are not stabilized. You get a brand new asset at a discounted price, and...
So things just got VERY hairy at my work. I am an analyst at a multifamily real estate development firm. I work on underwriting potential opportunities as well as project MGMT related tasks. My coworker (superior) just got an offer at another firm. His position at our company is called...
Hey everyone. So I have been having trouble understanding the concept of <abbr title="internal rate of return">IRR</abbr>. From my understand it is simply known as the discount rate that makes the NPV = 0. However, if the <abbr title="internal rate of...
In real estate, similar to wall street, once bisnow is covering a "hot market" it's usually a little to late. Not always, but generally speaking brokers have managed to mark up underwriting assumptions to a point where the upside is definitely limited. Curious whether anyone...
I find a lot of the rags to riches real estate stories hard to believe. How can you go from having absolutely nothing to being worth $500 million? I get how this happens when you own equity in a business and it grows at extraordinary rates, but real estate has somewhat of a capped equity...
How did you end up at your current job? Was it through a contact you knew? Graduate school? A website you recommend? Any advice for someone who is on the quest for landing a solid job. Thanks.
I want this forum topic to be more motivational than anything........ Back in mid 2015 when I was at a crossroads in my career so I decided to embark on the journey of finding my place in Commercial Real Estate. I had a mentor growing up (and still to this day) who was very successful in the...
Read em and weep boys. I think it was just published today. <a href="https://www.perenews.com/uploadedFiles/<abbr title="private equity real estate ">PERE</abbr>/Non-Pagebuilder/Aliased/News_And_Analysis/2017/May/Magazine/PERE0517_Pere50.pdf">Top 50...
Shows them my humour etc. Basically people call me this name at school because I'm a beast in excel and RE. People call me it when I walk by them in the hallway. Some kid I didn't even know called me the Machine in a class earlier this year. For example here's a sample use:...
I work in Investment Sales and focus solely on obtaining exclusives. I tend to be hesitant to offer up 50 / 50 splits with buyer brokers given I went through all of the brain damage and did all the legwork to secure the listing. Over the years, I have met and worked alongside other brokers that...
Have been looking to make a lateral transition in the institutional acquisition/asset management space for some time now (analyst/associate level). Turned down a few offers towards the end of last year think I could get something better, it feels like the opportunities are definitely a lot...
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See the picture below of this monstrosity that got mailed to our office today. The thing weighs ~5 lbs. All thick-cut paper with high-gloss sheen. I just don't understand. This example isn't even the worst: I've been mailed hardcover book-bound OMs before as if these are...
I am currently working on figuring out my finances and how attending the Columbia MSRED program plays into it all. There isn't much data out there in terms of positions and salary/compensation for post-MSRED. Any information regarding positions and salary/compensation (especially post...
I created these interactive Debt Sizing Matrices after I observed that my colleagues and I were continually running the same calculations when trying value a property and/or size a loan. Feel free to post/send some feedback.