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Working As An Acquisitions Manager

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Acquisitions Manager Do

Property, real estate, and community association managers take care of the many aspects of residential, commercial, or industrial properties. They make sure the property is well maintained, has a nice appearance, operates smoothly, and preserves its resale value.

Duties

Property, real estate, and community association managers typically do the following:

  • Meet with prospective renters and show them properties
  • Discuss the lease and explain the terms of occupancy or ownership
  • Collect monthly fees from tenants or individual owners
  • Inspect all building facilities, including the grounds and equipment
  • Arrange for new equipment or repairs as needed
  • Pay bills or delegate bill payment for such expenditures as taxes, insurance, payroll, and maintenance
  • Contract for trash removal, maintenance, landscaping, security, and other services
  • Investigate and settle complaints, disturbances, and violations
  • Keep records of rental activity and owner requests
  • Prepare budgets and financial reports
  • Comply with anti-discrimination laws when renting or advertising, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Federal Fair Housing Amendment Act, and local fair housing laws

When owners of homes, apartments, office buildings, or retail or industrial properties lack the time or expertise needed for the day-to-day management of their real estate properties, they often hire a property or real estate manager or a community association manager. Managers are employed either directly by the owner or indirectly through a contract with a property management firm.

The following are examples of types of property, real estate, and community association managers:

Property and real estate managers oversee the operation of income-producing commercial or residential properties and ensure that real estate investments achieve their expected revenues. They handle the financial operations of the property, making certain that rent is collected and that mortgages, taxes, insurance premiums, payroll, and maintenance bills are paid on time. They may oversee financial statements, and periodically report to the owners on the status of the property, occupancy rates, expiration dates of leases, and other matters. When vacancies occur, property managers may advertise the property or hire a leasing agent to find a tenant. They may also suggest to the owners what rent to charge.

Community association managers work on behalf of homeowner or community associations to manage the communal property and services of condominiums, cooperatives, and planned communities. Usually hired by a volunteer board of directors of the association, they manage the daily affairs and supervise the maintenance of property and facilities that the homeowners use jointly through the association. Like property managers, community association managers collect monthly fees, prepare financial statements and budgets, negotiate with contractors, and help to resolve complaints. Community association managers also help homeowners and non-owner residents comply with association rules and regulations.

Onsite property managers are responsible for the day-to-day operation of a single property, such as an apartment complex, an office building, or a shopping center. To ensure that the property is well maintained, onsite managers routinely inspect the grounds, facilities, and equipment to determine whether maintenance or repairs are needed. They meet with current tenants to handle requests for repairs or to resolve complaints. They also meet with prospective tenants to show vacant apartments or office space. In addition, onsite managers enforce the terms of rental or lease contracts along with an association’s governing rules. They make sure that tenants pay their rent on time, follow restrictions on parking or pets, and follow the correct procedures when the lease is up. Other important duties of onsite managers include keeping accurate, up-to-date records of income and expenditures from property operations and submitting regular expense reports to the senior-level property manager or the owner(s).

Real estate asset managers plan and direct the purchase, sale, and development of real estate properties on behalf of businesses and investors. They focus on long-term strategic financial planning, rather than on the day-to-day operations of the property. In deciding to acquire property, real estate asset managers consider several factors, such as property values, taxes, zoning, population growth, transportation, and traffic volume and patterns. Once a site is selected, they negotiate contracts to buy or lease the property on the most favorable terms. Real estate asset managers review their company’s real estate holdings periodically and identify properties that are no longer financially profitable. They then negotiate the sale of the properties or arrange for the end of leases.

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How To Become An Acquisitions Manager

Although many employers prefer to hire college graduates, a high school diploma or equivalent is enough for some jobs. Some managers receive vocational training. Other managers must have a real estate license.

Education

Many employers prefer to hire college graduates for property management positions, particularly for offsite positions dealing with a property’s finances or contract management. Employers also prefer to hire college graduates to manage residential and commercial properties. A bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration, accounting, finance, real estate, or public administration is preferred for commercial management positions. Managers of commercial properties and those dealing with a property’s finances and contract management increasingly are finding that they need a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration, accounting, finance, or real estate management, especially if they do not have much practical experience.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Experience in real estate sales is a good background for onsite managers because real estate salespeople also show commercial properties to prospective tenants or buyers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Real estate managers who buy or sell property must have a real estate license in the state in which they practice. In a few states, property and community association managers must also have a real estate license. Managers of public housing subsidized by the federal government must hold certifications.

Property, real estate, and community association managers working in Alaska, Colorado, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, Virginia, and the District of Columbia are required to obtain professional credentials or licensure. Requirements vary by state, but many managers working in states without requirements still obtain designations to show competence and professionalism. BOMI International, the Community Associations Institute, the Institute of Real Estate Management, the National Association of Residential Property Managers, and the Community Association Managers International Certification Board all offer various designations, certifications, and professional development courses. Most states require recertification every 2 years.

In addition, employers may require managers to attend formal training programs from various professional and trade real estate associations. Employers send managers to these programs to develop their management skills and expand their knowledge of specialized fields, such as how to operate and maintain mechanical systems in buildings, how to improve property values, insurance and risk management, personnel management, business and real estate law, community association risks and liabilities, tenant relations, communications, accounting and financial concepts, and reserve funding. Managers also participate in these programs to prepare themselves for positions of greater responsibility in property management. With related job experience, completing these programs and receiving a satisfactory score on a written exam can lead to certification or the formal award of a professional designation by the sponsoring association. 

Advancement

Many people begin property management careers as assistant managers, working closely with a property manager. In time, many assistants advance to property manager positions.

Some people start as onsite managers of apartment buildings, office complexes, or community associations. As they gain experience, they may advance to positions of greater responsibility. Those who excel as onsite managers often transfer to assistant offsite property manager positions, in which they gain experience handling a broad range of property management responsibilities.

The responsibilities and pay of property, real estate, and community association managers increase as these workers manage more and larger properties. Property managers are often responsible for several properties at a time. Some experienced managers open their own property management firms.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Property, real estate, and community association managers must provide excellent customer service to keep existing clients and expand their business with new ones.

Interpersonal skills. Because property, real estate, and community association managers interact with people every day, they must have excellent interpersonal skills.

Listening skills. Property, real estate, and community association managers must listen to and understand residents and property owners in order to meet their needs.

Organizational skills. Property, real estate, and community association managers must be able to plan, coordinate, and direct multiple contractors at the same time, often for multiple properties.

Problem-solving skills. Property, real estate, and community association managers must be able to mediate disputes or legal issues between residents, homeowners, or board members.

Speaking skills. Property, real estate, and community association managers must understand leasing or rental contracts and must be able to clearly explain the materials and answer questions raised by a resident or group of board members.

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Average Yearly Salary
$80,000
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$39,000
Min 10%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$166,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Minnetonka, MN
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does an Acquisitions Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Acquisitions Manager in the United States is $80,749 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $39,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $166,000.

Real Acquisitions Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager, Strategic Acquisitions (South America) Tate Access Floors, Inc. Jessup, MD Aug 01, 2014 $175,000
Management Consulting Mergers & Acquisitions Manager Pricewaterhousecoopers Advisory Services LLC New York, NY Jun 06, 2016 $163,000
Management Consulting Mergers & Acquisitions Manager Pricewaterhousecoopers Advisory Services LLC New York, NY Jun 27, 2016 $163,000
Management Consulting Mergers & Acquisitions Manager Pricewaterhousecoopers Advisory Services LLC New York, NY Jun 15, 2016 $163,000
Manager, Mergers & Acquisitions United Healthcare Services, Inc. Minnetonka, MN Oct 01, 2015 $160,243 -
$175,000
Senior Acquisition Manager, Electro Mechanical Quantum Intellectual Property Services LLC Mountain View, CA Oct 01, 2011 $155,000 -
$170,000
Senior User Acquisition Manager SEGA Networks Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 25, 2013 $140,000
Manager, Mergers and Acquisitions PMI Global Services Inc. New York, NY Mar 21, 2011 $136,708
Manager, Mergers & Acquisitions Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Jun 08, 2010 $135,200
SR. User Acquisition Manager Zynga, Inc. New York, NY May 30, 2016 $135,000
Manager, Mergers & Acquisitions United Healthcare Services, Inc. Minnetonka, MN Oct 01, 2012 $135,000 -
$145,000
Marketing & Acquisitions Manager Ameropa North America Tampa, FL Oct 01, 2012 $134,493 -
$140,000
Acquisitions Manager Greenwood Resources, Inc. Portland, OR Jul 01, 2014 $129,996
Content Acquisition Manager III Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Jun 11, 2013 $129,200
Acquisition Manager Faurecia Exhaust Systems, Inc. Toledo, OH Sep 16, 2014 $118,594
User Acquisition Manager-Organic Channels Invoice2Go, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 30, 2016 $118,000
Manager, Mergers & Acquisitions American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. New York, NY Nov 30, 2015 $115,408
User Acquisition Manager KLAB America, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 01, 2015 $115,000
SR. Mobile Acquisitions Manager Electronic Arts, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jun 20, 2016 $115,000
Acquisitions and Retention Manager Spotify USA Inc. New York, NY Feb 01, 2012 $110,000
Manager, User Acquisition (Statistical Analysis) Playdom, Inc., Part of The Walt Disney Company Palo Alto, CA Oct 15, 2011 $105,000
Digital Acquisition Manager Branch Metrics, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 08, 2016 $104,000
Manager, Mergers & Acquisitions Direct Energy, LP Sarasota, FL Sep 23, 2014 $88,000
Manager, Mergers & Acquisitions Direct Energy Cw Sarasota, FL Sep 23, 2014 $88,000
Content Acquisition Manager Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Aug 01, 2014 $87,800
Acquisition Manager Blue Garnet LLC FL Sep 08, 2015 $86,000
Acquisition Manager Blue Garnet Investments LLC FL Sep 08, 2015 $86,000
User Acquisition Manager Smule, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 08, 2016 $85,738
Manager, User Acquisition Pocket Gems, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 11, 2011 $85,613 -
$110,000

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Top Skills for An Acquisitions Manager

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Site Acquisition Activities
  3. Real Estate
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  • Prepared final financial statements adhering to procedures.
  • Managed site acquisition activities for General Dynamics generator add project.
  • Perform all management, real estate and zoning related responsibilities to secure sites for telecommunication equipment and towers.
  • Coordinate with regional Native American Tribes and ensure compliance with FCC notification regulations when construction occurs on tribal land.
  • Prepare all documentation from seller and internal logistical support during due diligence to ensure successful integration after close.

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Acquisitions Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

58.1%

Female

33.1%

Unknown

8.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.1%

French

10.5%

Portuguese

8.4%

Mandarin

5.3%

German

5.3%

Russian

3.2%

Cantonese

3.2%

Italian

3.2%

Swedish

2.1%

Hindi

2.1%

Chinese

2.1%

Japanese

2.1%

Dakota

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%

Swahili

1.1%

Turkish

1.1%

Romanian

1.1%

Dutch

1.1%

Hokkien

1.1%

Hawaiian

1.1%
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Acquisitions Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.1%

New York University

8.2%

Michigan State University

6.3%

Webster University

5.5%

University of Southern California

5.5%

Georgia State University

4.7%

University of Texas at Austin

4.7%

Columbia University

4.7%

Arizona State University

4.3%

Defense Acquisition University

4.3%

Ashford University

3.9%

University of Maryland - University College

3.9%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.9%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.9%

University of Houston

3.9%

Northern Illinois University

3.9%

University of Chicago

3.9%

George Washington University

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.5%
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Majors

Business

35.1%

Finance

10.0%

Management

6.5%

Marketing

6.5%

Communication

5.0%

Accounting

4.9%

Real Estate

4.7%

Political Science

3.7%

Law

3.1%

Project Management

2.8%

Economics

2.7%

Psychology

2.5%

English

2.2%

Education

1.9%

Criminal Justice

1.9%

Computer Science

1.4%

Information Technology

1.3%

Public Relations

1.2%

Fine Arts

1.1%

General Studies

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.5%

Masters

30.5%

Other

15.1%

Associate

4.6%

Certificate

3.5%

Doctorate

3.3%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.6%
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