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Become A Real Estate Manager

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Working As A Real Estate 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

  • $65,007

    Average Salary

What Does A Real Estate Manager Do

A Real Estate Manager manages the financial aspects of a property. They collect rent and prepare and maintain financial statements. Real Estate Managers also inform owners about occupancy rates, expiration dates of leases, and other issues.

How To Become A Real Estate 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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Real Estate Manager Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    56.1%
  • Female

    41.4%
  • Unknown

    2.5%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.9%
  • Asian

    7.0%
  • Unknown

    1.7%
  • Black or African American

    0.7%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    50.0%
  • French

    12.1%
  • Italian

    6.4%
  • Portuguese

    5.0%
  • Chinese

    3.6%
  • Russian

    2.9%
  • Hindi

    2.1%
  • Mandarin

    2.1%
  • Carrier

    2.1%
  • Japanese

    2.1%
  • Urdu

    2.1%
  • Bengali

    1.4%
  • Czech

    1.4%
  • German

    1.4%
  • Arabic

    1.4%
  • Vietnamese

    0.7%
  • Shona

    0.7%
  • Gujarati

    0.7%
  • Hungarian

    0.7%
  • Afrikaans

    0.7%
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Real Real Estate Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Domestic Real Estate Manager/Intl Patient Representative Origins Behavioral Healthcare, LLC West Palm Beach, FL Sep 08, 2015 $150,000
Regional Real Estate and Project Manager Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Hercules, CA Apr 25, 2016 $149,350
Finance and Real Estate Manager Starmd Medical Management, LLC White Plains, NY Sep 22, 2016 $145,000
Real Estate Projects Cost Analytical Manager Vision Management Company, Inc. New York, NY Dec 09, 2016 $140,000
Real Estate Project Manager Eagle One Mortgage FW Investment, LLC Miami, FL Aug 17, 2015 $137,696
Real Estate Asset Manager 93 Reade GWI LLC. New York, NY Oct 24, 2011 $135,655
Real Estate Portfolio Manager ACP Realty Services LLC Coral Gables, FL Jan 08, 2016 $135,000
Senior Real Estate Product Manager Partners Group (USA) Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 01, 2015 $135,000
Commercial Real Estate Underwriter and Asset Manager Hanover Street Capital LLC San Francisco, CA Jul 28, 2016 $130,250
Real Estate Project Manager Young Woo & Associates, LLC New York, NY Feb 01, 2011 $130,000
Senior Real Estate Product Manager Partners Group (USA) Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 01, 2015 $130,000
Real Estate Portfolio Manager Americas Capital Partners LLC Coral Gables, FL Jun 01, 2015 $125,000
Real Estate Portfolio Manager Mercazz LLC Vienna, VA Aug 25, 2016 $121,846
Real Estate Manager Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP New York, NY Sep 30, 2012 $116,252 -
$165,000
Senior Real Estate Product Manager Partners Group Real Estate LLC San Francisco, CA Apr 01, 2012 $97,000
Senior Real Estate Product Manager Partners Group (USA) Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 01, 2012 $97,000
Estate Manager Valkyrie Leasing LLC Seattle, WA Oct 01, 2013 $96,000
Estate Manager Valkyrie Leasing LLC Seattle, WA Dec 01, 2013 $96,000
Estate Manager Valkyrie Leasing LLC Medina, WA Nov 08, 2013 $96,000
Real Estate Manager BD Development, LLC Amityville, NY Jul 28, 2016 $81,952
Real Estate Operations Manager Tree House Holding Ltd Burlington, MA Aug 25, 2015 $78,000
Real Estate Project Manager Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority Alexandria, VA Apr 16, 2012 $75,558
Property/Real Estate Manager Vivaldi Real Estate, Ltd. New York, NY Sep 03, 2014 $54,909
Manager of Investments/Real Estate Stapleton Management, LLC Greenwich, CT Oct 01, 2011 $54,891
Real Estate Manager A & E Real Estate Management, LLC New York, NY Sep 06, 2014 $54,725
Real Estate Operations Manager Equitable Portfolio Corp. Beverly Hills, CA Feb 01, 2011 $54,617
Real Estate Manager Pd Properties LLC New York, NY Sep 16, 2015 $54,579
Real Estate Manager Pd Properties LLC New York, NY Sep 21, 2015 $54,579
Property, Real Estate Manager Movere Manhattan LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2014 $54,579
Commercial Real Estate Manager-Hospitality Lillian Montalto Signature Properties, LLC Andover, MA Sep 20, 2016 $53,352

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Top Skills for A Real Estate Manager

RealEstatePortfolioFinancialAnalysisSquareFeetPurchasePropertyManagementAssetManagementSiteSelectionDueDiligenceProjectManagementFacilitiesManagementLeaseNegotiationsLandlordsCustomerServiceAnnualBudgetsConstructionProjectsSiteAcquisitionRealEstateTransactionsSuperviseLeaseAgreementsContractNegotiations

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Top Real Estate Manager Skills

  1. Real Estate Portfolio
  2. Financial Analysis
  3. Square Feet
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Led Corporate Real Estate portfolio initiatives in domestic and international locations.
  • Performed site selection, market analysis, sales projections & financial analysis for real estate projects.
  • Closed 3.5M Square Feet of property over the last 3 years resulting in an annualized savings of 70M.
  • Managed, coordinated and executed all aspects of due diligence projects related to a commercial real estate portfolio purchase and sale.
  • Played a key role in securing new property management contracts and lead transition of the properties to a new management team.

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