Is it possible to work from home?

Analyst 1 in RE - Comm

like the title says is there any career path where I can work from home. I'm fine working long hours but being around people constantly talking while I work is breaking me down. I'm an 1st year asset manager analyst so my experience is limited. Thanks

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Feb 14, 2020

Buy headphones (airpods) --> take them out when the conversations around you are informative (learning). Work from home a portion of the week once you have a strong foundation of knowledge and skills (gonna be a while). Boss man isn't going to call you up when a teaching opportunity presents itself in the office.

Alternative: Save the work that requires serious attention for home. Start leaving the office earlier than you do now to go grind in your quiet room.

Likely reality: Junior level "work from home" analyst jobs in this industry are not going to advance your career at the same pace as an in-office/team environment.

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Feb 14, 2020

So, as was said above, work from home at a junior level could be sub-optimal from a learning and networking perspective. You need to be present to get the cool assignments.

That said, more RE firms of all types (and firms in general) are allowing if not outright encouraging work flexibility which often includes work from home arrangements from time to time. So I would venture to say its more about the firm than the career path. Still, some fields make it easier than others (like asset mngt which you are already in).

Personally, I've noted that the more travel a job requires the more work from home is allowed or expected as part of the trade off (this is very true in company). That may not be an advantage and may be way worse. But areas like acquisition, research/strategy, and even investment relations/cap raising, all can lead to semi-travel based/semi-work-from-home based roles.

I would say you need to be semi-senior to get that benefit in many cases, but sometimes junior roles are structured just the same.

Feb 15, 2020

most commercial appraisers I know work from home. you can make good money if you're with a firm like cushman or cbre.

Feb 19, 2020

I would not necessarily call it working from home when you are on the road driving approximately 60+ hours a week. Granted, the guy I know is a workaholic and has an Analyst staff to do most of the work. He essentially just reviews the appraisals, makes minor tweaks, does the site inspection, and sends them out.

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Feb 19, 2020

There is no way he's on the road 60 hours a week. When I was appraising I traveled maybe once a week for site inspections. Very easy to knock out several in one day if they're in the same market. The rest of your time is spent at your computer researching and writing the report. The guys I know who have analysts working for them actually work less. The analyst eventually writes the whole report. If you trust the analyst enough they eventually go on auto pilot and you hardly have to check their work. The good thing about appraisal is you can work as little or as much as you want. I know guys who grind it and make $250-$300k while other guys are happy making $100-$150k and working 30-40 hours a week. This is in a tier II market.

Feb 15, 2020

I hate when I have to do actual work from home, but that's because I have a 2 bedroom with 2 small kids, I have no office where I can close the door, and if I did my kids would come in and distract me.

From a slow work perspective, I love work from home. I can and have worked at Other Half in Brooklyn.

Feb 17, 2020

As the theme is going, a lot of positions that wouldn't necessarily be front office facing. Think appraisal (eventually), underwriting (gse/banks), and back office roles that get the deal to the finish line.

Feb 17, 2020
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