So long term, in the next 10-15 years (just graduated) I want to have my own dev shop. I've read numerous forums on here and talked to others who recommend the analyst/broker, MSRED, dev route. Can some developers here share their thoughts on another path. I'm considering looking at property managers, not in the sense of go fix this light, but more from the finance perspective understanding the numbers behind what it costs to upkeep a property. I feel this would give me an advantage in terms of knowing the real costs and drivers behind numbers in 2-3 years vs an analyst who worked for a broker and works on models. While I understand excel is important, wouldn't this avenue give me a unique skill set getting to know the costs of running a property at a top Prop Manager in a big city. My thoughts are I could use that, while also working on my excel, meet developers this way and get a rolodex of GC's, concrete, electrical, etc over the 2-5 years I'm there then bring this to a big/small dev saying I have this exposure and am hungry willing to learn and skip the grad school route to get to dev?
Can any developers shed light on their thoughts here? I understand Excel is essential, but at the higher levels it's more about knowing drivers which I feel some prop mgmt companies will give you. The real costs associated with soft/hard/and reoccurring costs associated with a property and get a real understanding of it while meeting key players as well.