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 estate firm.
A little background: I work for a privately owned real estate investment and development firm. We have approximately 5.5 billion in assets. Our main asset classes (should be no surprise) are industrial, multi-family, and office (first tier city and suburban).
I've worked here for a year. I'm a part of a team of 4 people who handle analysis and due diligence of every acquisition, refinance and disposition. To give you a sense of our flow in the past 4 months we've closed on approximately 200 million in refinancing, 150 million in acquisitions and 100 million in dispositions. I've been fortunate enough to be in a position where I see a ton of deal flow.
But really I'm hoping I can give back to the community and answer any questions you may have as I know how hard it is do find info on life in real estate when the internet (not just WSO) is filled with 100x more info about IB.