This thread was inspired by a recent discussion I had with a member on this forum. He works at a life insurance company and buys stabilized office buildings in major metros at 4-caps using 0-40% leverage.
My question is basically this - what do you think is more impressive? Doing what the above guy does? Or working in investment banking and moving onto Starwood and working on the Yotel deal (big corporate deal - google it)? Or doing IB -> Blackstone and working on the Hilton deal, Logicor deal etc
Who do you think gets paid more?
My advice for you young guys in this forum, if you enjoy buying single assets and clipping coupons, investment sales is the way to go. You'll be able to put together an investment committee memo for an asset level deal in a heartbeat after a couple years there.
If you want to work on big corporate deals and make 2-3x your buddy at MetLife real estate, go the IB route