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Working As A Real Estate Investor

  • Getting Information
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $43,370

    Average Salary

What Does A Real Estate Investor Do At Metlife

* Analytical support for the Debt Strategy and Equity Strategy Groups, Northeast Regional Office, Capital Markets and Risk, Research & Analytics teams.
* Real estate market research, analysis and forecasting in support of investment decisions and portfolio strategy
* Commercial mortgage risk assessment and bond-equivalent ratings; Commercial mortgage portfolio risk analysis and strategy development
* Research and analyze global economic, commercial real estate fundamental and capital market conditions and trends.
* Relate these trends to risks and opportunities for MetLife’s commercial real estate investment portfolio (mortgage loans and equity).
* Real estate market forecasting and analysis, valuation guidance and underwriting review
* Construction of underwriting tools and benchmarks; Portfolio geographic, property type and borrower/tenant exposure analysis and reporting
* Analyzing risk related to portfolio exposures to certain industries, companies, etc.
* Assist in communicating house view of market trends, risks and outlook via presentations and reports

What Does A Real Estate Investor Do At Echo Studios Incorporated

* Achieve annual sales objectives by marketing available products.
* Develop relationships with prospects by calling, and keeping prospects up-to-date on events.
* Report on new business activities to Senior Team at weekly meetings.
* Coordinate available resources and create opportunities to market to new prospects.
* Collaborate with Senior Team members to develop sales strategies.
* Client Service Relations: Develop relationships with key Senior Team members, in order to maintain and grow and manage your Team responsibilities.
* Respond and coordinate requests for information and data.
* Track activity and notes in contact management system

What Does A Real Estate Investor Do At Assurant

* Invest on behalf of a $260 Million (equity) commercial real estate program
* Support investments of $10-$30 million in Assurant capital per transaction on average
* Primary job responsibilities include:
* Modeling complex joint-ventures and waterfall structures in Excel for commercial and residential property types
* Producing ARGUS cash flow projections and property valuation models for commercial and mixed-use assets
* Gathering, analyzing and synthesizing economic, demographic and real estate market data (rents, expenses, cap rates, supply, etc)
* Assist in the sourcing of potential investments in target markets
* Conduct site visits and property inspections
* Compiling and evaluating due diligence materials including market studies, leases, historical operating statements, rent rolls and property condition reports
* Prepare investment committee memos and related supporting material
* Support joint venture and debt negotiations
* Coordinate all aspects of transaction closings
* Coordinate third-party engagement including attorneys, brokers, consultants and bankers

What Does A Real Estate Investor Do At Nuveen Investments

* Perform reviews of third-party appraisal reports under the direction of senior members.
* Frequent interaction with members of Asset Management, Finance, and Auditors.
* Responsible for deriving quarterly fair market pricing for debt liabilities and debt investments.
* Analyze quarterly cash flow projections for General Account Real Estate holdings.
* Prepare and deliver portfolio and market level reports and presentations, as needed, for senior management and committees.
* Develop and maintain processes and procedures that incorporate the required level of controls, while delivering well supported valuations and credit losses as required for the respective accounts.
* Regularly conduct independent research

What Does A Real Estate Investor Do At John Hancock

* Evaluate performance and prepare variance analyses of financial statements, audits, budgets, and reforecasts.
* Develop proficiency with revenue optimization software used to establish market rates for the portfolio.
* Process includes developing knowledge of specific real estate markets and presenting recommendations for property leasing goals.
* Prepare approval documents related to value-add strategies or capital improvement projects and monitor progress.
* Coordinate quarterly appraisal review process with external vendors and maintain portfolio statistics.
* Oversee performance objectives set by third party property managers relating to rating reviews, cash collections, and monthly distributions for the General Account.
* Manage parts of the processes required for real estate tax abatements, insurance coverages and claims, internal and external audits

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How To Become A Real Estate Investor

Real estate brokers and sales agents need at least a high school diploma. Both brokers and sales agents must be licensed. To become licensed, candidates typically must complete a number of real estate courses and pass a licensing exam. 


Real estate brokers and sales agents must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Although most brokers and agents must take state-accredited prelicensing courses to become licensed, some states may waive this requirement if the candidate has taken college courses in real estate. 

As the real estate market becomes more competitive and complex, some employers are preferring to hire candidates with college courses or a college degree. Some community colleges, colleges, and universities offer courses in real estate. Some offer associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in real estate, and many others offer certificate programs. Courses in finance, business administration, economics, and law also can be useful.

Brokers intending to open their own company often take business courses, such as marketing and accounting. 

In addition to offering prelicensing courses, many real estate associations have courses and professional development programs for both beginners and experienced agents. These courses cover a variety of topics, such as real estate fundamentals, real estate law, and mortgage financing.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states and the District of Columbia, real estate brokers and sales agents must be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state, but most have similar basic requirements:

Candidates must:

  • be 18 years old
  • complete a number of real estate courses
  • pass an exam

Some states have additional requirements, such as passing a background check. Licenses typically are not transferable among states. However, some states have reciprocity agreements and will accept licenses issued by some other states. 

To obtain a broker’s license, individuals generally need 1 to 3 years of experience as a licensed sales agent. They also must take additional formal training courses. In some states, a bachelor’s degree may be substituted in place of some experience or training requirements. 

State licenses typically must be renewed every 2 to 4 years. In most states, brokers and agents must complete continuing education courses to renew their license. To verify exact licensing requirements, prospective brokers and agents should contact the real estate licensing commission of the state in which they wish to work.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

To get a broker’s license in most states, real estate brokers must have experience working as a licensed real estate sales agent. Requirements vary by state, but most require 1 to 3 years of experience. 


Real estate sales agents improve their skills through practice and repetition. Because of the sales environment and the complexity of real estate deals, new agents typically observe and work closely with more senior agents. In addition, some of the larger real estate companies provide formal classroom training for new agents as a way to gain knowledge and experience, while others provide training to employees studying for their real estate licensing exam.


Sales agents who earn their broker’s license may open their own offices. 

Important Qualities

Business skills. Because most brokers are self-employed, they must manage every aspect of their business. This task includes reaching out to prospective clients, handling their finances, and advertising their services.

Interpersonal skills. Strong interpersonal skills are essential for real estate brokers and sales agents, because they spend much of their time interacting with clients and customers. To attract and keep clients, they must be pleasant, enthusiastic, and trustworthy. 

Organizational skills. Real estate brokers and sales agents must be able to work independently, managing their own time and organizing, planning, and prioritizing their work.

Problem-solving skills. Real estate brokers and sales agents need to be able to quickly (sometimes immediately) address concerns clients or potential customers may have with a property. They also mediate negotiations between seller and buyer.

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Real Estate Investor Career Paths

Real Estate Investor
Real Estate Manager General Manager Account Executive
Account Director
9 Yearsyrs
Real Estate Consultant Real Estate Manager General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Broker Account Executive
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Broker Operations Manager Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
9 Yearsyrs
Property Manager Communications Manager Marketing Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Asset Manager Operations Director Realtor
Managing Broker
10 Yearsyrs
Asset Manager Project Manager Product Manager
Market Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Business Development Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Marketing Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Account Executive
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Real Estate Broker Business Developer
Marketing/Business Development
8 Yearsyrs
Property Manager Regional Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Real Estate Manager Asset Manager
Portfolio Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Real Estate Consultant Real Estate Broker Project Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager General Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Business Manager Property Manager
Real Estate Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Realtor Real Estate Agent Property Manager
Regional Property Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Realtor Property Manager
Senior Property Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Real Estate Broker Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Real Estate Investor Demographics


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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Italian

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Arabic

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • Russian

  • Persian

  • Hindi

  • Swedish

  • Telugu

  • Vietnamese

  • Hebrew

  • Kannada

  • Amharic

  • Dari

  • Korean

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Real Real Estate Investor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Executive Vice President Real Estate Investments Banif Finance (USA) Corp Miami, FL Oct 01, 2011 $350,000
Managing Director, Real Estate Investments Hudson Americas LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $290,000 -
Senior Associate-Real Estate Investment Banking Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Jun 30, 2015 $210,000
Real Estate Investment Manager Miamicond, LLC. North Miami Beach, FL Oct 01, 2010 $139,000 -
Senior Associate-Real Estate Investment Banking JP Morgan Chase & Co New York, NY Jan 29, 2015 $136,552
VP, Real Estate Investments LM Advisors, LLC San Diego, CA Dec 10, 2012 $114,000
Analyst, Real Estate, Investor Relations Business The Blackstone Group New York, NY Aug 19, 2014 $80,000
VP, Real Estate Investments LM Advisors San Diego, CA Sep 21, 2011 $72,000
Real Estate Investment Strategist Exclusive Collection, LLC Orlando, FL Sep 12, 2013 $55,000
Real Estate Investment Property Manager Iron Stone Management, LLC Philadelphia, PA Jul 21, 2010 $55,000

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Top Skills for A Real Estate Investor


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Top Real Estate Investor Skills

  1. Real Estate Investment
  2. Financial Analysis
  3. Investment Portfolio
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Represented privately held, single owner, real estate investment company.
  • Performed financial analysis on several restructurings in the multifamily and retail sectors.
  • Prepared and presented investment portfolios to potential investors.
  • Purchased and rehabilitated property in downtown Oklahoma City as part of city revitalization.
  • Conduct contract negotiations with banks, homeowners and buyers.

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