Real Estate Private Equity Recruiters - Who to Use?

Hey Monkeys,

I have been working on the acquisitions side for a smaller ($10 million - $50 million transaction size) value-add CRE private equity firm in a secondary market for the last three years. I am now looking to make a lateral move to an Acquisitions Associate role within a top tier REPE megafund. I have significant transactional and modeling experience.

Other than Amity, CPI, SG, Glocap, and Bellcast, any recommendation of recruiters I should reach out to? Thanks in advance.

-Monkey in search of his next jungle

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Aug 20, 2015 - 7:56pm

Sure. So I can't speak as to what these mega funds are looking for, but I am fairly certain, experience is #1, #2, and #3 on their list of importance. Experience includes modeling skills. I almost guarantee the megafund I am about to start the interview process with has never heard of my firm. Deal size probably has no bearing either. Same underwriting concepts are mostly true throughout.

I graduated from a non-target school and have been at my current firm for 2.5+ years on the acquisition side. Fortunately for me, I have gotten experience in all aspects of commercial real estate and mortgage acquisitions (sourcing, underwriting/due diligence, legal, reporting, managing, exiting) across all asset classes (multi-family, hospitality, office, retail, golf courses, etc.).

I found a recruiter and with their help, I think I was able to effectively communicate that through my resume.

If your relatively fresh out of college, I would think going straight to one of these larges funds will be nearly impossible. Getting the best experience you can at a small firm for a couple of years is the way to go.

Oct 9, 2015 - 1:40pm

What is salary range in mid-size REPE firm at associate level. What do you think is a typical career path? I am in Corporate CRE and I am looking to see what else is out there.

Chill out!
Oct 16, 2015 - 6:14pm

Real Estate Search Firms and Recruiters (Originally Posted: 04/05/2010)

anybody aware of any good recruiters and search firms in the LA area? not just real estate finance, but for re in general?

thanks in advance.

--- man made the money, money never made the man
Oct 16, 2015 - 6:16pm

Real Estate recruiters (Originally Posted: 12/17/2013)

I'm looking into exploring new options and wanted to know if any of you know of good real estate recruiters for senior analyst/associate level positions (real estate finance/acquisitions/development). Preference is NYC or London.

Oct 16, 2015 - 6:23pm

Read the real estate forum and look for the answers. You keep posting questions rapid fire.

Please don't quote Patrick Bateman.

Oct 16, 2015 - 6:32pm

Real Estate PE headhunters (Originally Posted: 08/21/2010)

I was wondering if anyone knew if real estate pe comanies (or funds within larger pe shops) use headhunters? If so does can anyone list them? any help would be appreciated.


Oct 16, 2015 - 6:33pm

whats your level of exp? 0-2 yrs? 2-5 yrs?

also, do you have a background in finance or repe?

answer those q's and i may be able to help you more.

--- man made the money, money never made the man
Oct 16, 2015 - 6:35pm

On the subject of real estate PE interviewing, do you know what would be expected of an undergrad interviewing for an analyst position at a top REPE fund (they're focusing on distressed debt right now). I was a summer analyst for a BB REIB group this summer, but my background is much more in asset level real estate (and real estate pro formas) as opposed to corporate finance. I feel like I can handle technical real estate questions pretty well, but do you think I should be studying LBO models and other corporate finance subjects (I was exposed to this over the summer, but don't feel comfortable enough with it to go into an interview)?

Oct 16, 2015 - 6:37pm

Best RE Recruiters? (Originally Posted: 04/23/2016)

Hi everyone-

I'm at a RE PE shop and am looking to leave- who are the best recruiters for RE PE? Anyone other than the usual PE suspects (CPI, SG, Amity, etc.)?

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