What are some great and also good real estate firms that I should look into in southern California?

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I'd love your input on some solid shops that hire straight out of undergrad down there. I'd love to be in acquisitions, but I'd also go into REIB or debt and equity placement.

I'm currently interning in asset management at a private equity firm that has revenues between 1 - 2 billion in the east coast, which is great experience but I'm much more of a transactions type. I'd transfer internally with the firm I'm at but they do not have an office in California which is where I'm from and all my family is still there.


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Jun 16, 2018

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Jun 24, 2018

I was recently messaged by a staffing agency looking for a Real Estate Associate to work on the debt side in L.A. Would you like a referral?

Jun 25, 2018

Kor Group has an opening for an Analyst. They have some cool projects going on in West LA right now.

Bellwether Asset Management has 3 openings. They work closely with Oaktree Capital's Real Estate Fund.

Fifth Wall, a major Real Estate Venture Capital Firm, has an opening for a VC Analyst.

Jun 26, 2018

I'm interested in these places as well. Could you tell me where the job postings are? I'm having a hard time finding any info on their websites/linkedin related to openings.

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Jun 27, 2018

Any idea how much fifth wall pays?

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Jun 26, 2018

i'm looking to move back eventually as well but check out the career websites of the following funds:
CIM (some postings on their website)
DLJ has an analyst opening in LA currently
Pimco just raised a couple B for real estate debt
Saw a KBS listing a few weeks ago

Jun 26, 2018

Seems like SoCal is full of opportunities these days, seeing a lot of solid openings through headhunters

Jun 28, 2018

yup, have been seeing lots of open postings as well on the usual suspects--linkedin, glassdoor, etc

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Jul 5, 2018

Companies Headquartered in SoCal:
CIM Group
Kennedy Wilson
Howard Hughes Corporation
Douglas Emmett
Kilroy Realty
Hudson Pacific Properties
Arden Realty
Lowe Enterprises

Major brokerage shops (EX: JLL), banks (EX: JPM), and international institutional owners/developers (EX: Tishman) all have offices within the locale.

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Jul 5, 2018

Howard Hughes is HQed in Dallas

Jul 5, 2018


Jul 5, 2018

Depends on the role. PM to discuss further.

Jul 12, 2018

I would also add Caruso to this list, they seem to be doing some good work. CBRE, JLL, Cushman, and NKF seem to have the largest presence in most markets. Colliers, MM, and Voit seem to be substantially less prominent for brokerage shops. Hines is another big one (based in Texas) that has presence in LA. Majestic Realty Co. is good for industrial and retail type stuff I think.

Jun 25, 2018

If we're doing brokerage, don't forget Eastdil. Even though their LA office doesn't do the most business, I imagine that Roy March spends a lot of his time at that office since I see him at Hillstone quite often.

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Jun 25, 2018

Hackman Capital - starting to do some cooler projects in the Creative Office space. Recently did a few creative office conversions for Apple, Beats, Amazon Studios.

The Runyon Group - doing really interesting retail concepts. (Row DTLA, Platform, Valley Country Mart).

Jul 12, 2018

in LA its obviously Irvine Company, one of the best

Jun 25, 2018

Irvine is OC.

Jul 12, 2018