MF REPE vs IB

As title notes, which is better for experience, comp, etc...                                        

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Jan 15, 2021 - 1:41pm

If you want to be a banker do IB if you want to be in real estate do REPE. None of us can help you make this decision. It's what you want to do. I could say REPE is better, but you could get there and hate. It's all up to you. 
 

Experience in each will be different. This part of WSO will prob tell you real estate because it's the real estate section. If you go to the IB section I bet they tell you IB. In the end, if you are successful in either, you'll make good money. Do you what you want, not what some random people on the internet tell you will provide prestige and exit ops galore. 

 
Jan 15, 2021 - 3:06pm

I mean, REIB, unless you mean Eastdil, is company/entity level M&A and IPO, where REPE is property/portfolio level for acquisition. They are very different. I worked corp dev to REPE, and they are very different. I prefer RE, and there are a lot of people who prefer corporate investment/IB. Both will have a ton of hours and at analyst levels both will be grinding models, but Goldman/Citi/BofA REIB will probably doing it in excel/ppt, where MF REPE may be doing it ARGUS depending on property type. I think RE in general is so broad I wouldn't really be worried about landing at a MF unless you are totally locked in on trying to get to MD at a MF.

 
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Jan 15, 2021 - 3:59pm

Pretty much what others have said. I interned in MF REPE but decided to start off at an EB because I wasn't too sure about RE, but I did enjoy it and would definitely have stayed if I was certain about RE. I hope this isn't your first time hearing this, but because it's WSO ill emphasize it, do not go into REPE if you dont actually like RE just because of the firm's name. If you do love RE, it's a great opportunity. 

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