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Real Estate Financial Modeling Interview Exam Questions – What You Need To Know

When applying for a real estate analyst or associate job at a private equity real estate or brokerage shop, just writing “proficient in Microsoft Excel” on your resume usually won’t cut it these days. And during the interview process, to test your knowledge in real-time, many commercial real estate firms will give potential analyst […]

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Commercial Real Estate Buzzwords You Should Know

Commercial real estate investors can sometimes sound like they have their own language, and if you’re just breaking into the industry (or trying to), it can be intimidating to feel like an outsider looking in. When I first broke into the industry, there was a lot of terminology that wasn’t included in my university […]

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Commercial Real Estate Appraisal Valuation Methods

Commercial real estate valuation can be a tricky subject. While brokers and investors tend to arrive at a valuation based on target return metrics, when appraisers get in the game, the valuation techniques used can be a different story. And for deals that will be acquired with debt (as most commercial real estate properties […]

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Pros and Cons of a Commercial Real Estate Career – My Experience

Choosing a career path is not easy. When you’re just graduating from college or in the first few years of your career, there can be a ton of pressure to settle down and find something that not only pays the bills and has income upside, but is also something you enjoy and can see […]

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5 Commercial Real Estate Loan Terms You Should Know

If you’re new to the real estate industry altogether or moving from the residential part of the business, commercial real estate loans can feel like a whole different animal than what you’re used to. Instead of just your your standard, 30-year, fixed-rate loan that you’ll often see on a residential home loan, commercial real […]

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The Downside of Cap Rates in Real Estate Valuation (Use This Instead)

Ah, the cap rate. One of the most widely used metrics in the real estate investment industry, and a benchmark that many brokers and investors use to value a real estate deal. But at the end of the day, how important is a cap rate, really? And should you really be using it to […]

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How Private Equity Real Estate Companies Make Money

Private equity real estate companies are companies that invest in real estate on behalf of equity investors, usually pooling together capital from multiple investors to buy large commercial properties like multifamily apartments, office buildings, retail shopping centers, and industrial warehouses. And these companies are compensated to both find opportunities to invest in on behalf […]

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Tell Me About Yourself – How To Answer This in a Real Estate Interview

Picture this: You step into a commercial real estate interview, the interviewer walks in, looks quickly over your resume, and then says to you, “So…tell me about yourself.” Gulp. How do you answer the question? And what’s the right thing to say here? In this article, let’s talk about how to answer the “Tell […]

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Real Estate Equity Waterfalls Explained

Ah, real estate equity waterfalls. These are powerful tools for a real estate investor looking to raise capital from investors in a syndication or fund, but this is also one of the most daunting and complicated topics in all of commercial real estate finance. And when I was first starting out in the real […]

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The Best Real Estate Equity Waterfall Structure – How To Pick a Winner

Equity waterfall structures present a huge opportunity for real estate investors who raise equity from third-party investors to significantly increase returns on their real estate investments. But as profitable as this can be, choosing the right structure for your specific deal or investor base isn’t always as straightforward as it might seem, and this […]

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