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Become The Most Trusted Real Estate Private Equity Analyst In Your Firm

Much of what you read on this site is focused on hard skills, with the intent of helping you launch your career in REPE. This post will focus on what might be considered a soft skill, but a better term is a character trait. This trait will make you into the most trusted analyst in … Become The Most Trusted Real Estate Private Equity Analyst In Your Firm Read More »

Cap Rates – Textbook vs. Street

One of the things you will learn as a real estate private equity beginner is that many industry terms are both simple and complicated. In speaking of cap rates, what we mean is that cap rates have an “everyday” application that is intuitive and simple. Its foundation, however, is much more complicated. As you move … Cap Rates – Textbook vs. Street Read More »

What Do REPE Firms Look For In New Hires?

One of the most common questions we get at Leveraged Breakdowns deals with getting inside the head of the hiring manager during a real estate private equity interview. What are they looking for? What questions will they ask? It is very natural to dwell on the “what” part of the real estate private equity interview … What Do REPE Firms Look For In New Hires? Read More »

Yield Maintenance: How To Not Make A Fool Of Yourself

The key to landing your first job is to know the real estate private equity interview process and crush the interview. As an outsider to the industry, though, you run the risk of looking like an outsider if you don’t know the terminology forward and backward. No one wants to see that look on the … Yield Maintenance: How To Not Make A Fool Of Yourself Read More »

Investment Strategies Explained

If you want to break into a career with a real estate private equity firm, you have to commit to a great deal of preparation. To stand out from the host of applicants from target schools, you must demonstrate that you know more and will work harder than anyone else. Understanding what makes a REPE … Investment Strategies Explained Read More »

Retail Real Estate Investment Case Study Challenge

We often receive requests for real estate investment case studies. Students want to prepare for job interviews as well as practice their skills for personal growth. In either event, case studies are a fantastic way to better your skills and launch into a career in real estate private equity. This case study will simulate a … Retail Real Estate Investment Case Study Challenge Read More »

Where Do Real Estate Private Equity Firms Get Their Money?

As you pursue a career in real estate private equity, you may wonder where REPE firms get the money to invest in properties. Beginners are generally unfamiliar with the various investor categories in private equity funds. There are six key investor types in the real estate investment space. High Net Worth Individuals Wealthy individuals generally … Where Do Real Estate Private Equity Firms Get Their Money? Read More »

The Five “Food Groups” of Real Estate Investment

Real estate assets are  divided into three major types: Residential, commercial, and industrial. NAREIT (National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts) tracks a dozen main property types in investment real estate and provides data on the returns realized in those property types (and several sub-types). Most REPE funds, however, focus on one of the five … The Five “Food Groups” of Real Estate Investment Read More »

Essential Accounting Terms for a Career in Real Estate Private Equity

Serious about a career in real estate private equity? If so, there are several key accounting terms that need to become instinctive. If you even have to think about the definition of these terms, you don’t know them well enough yet. The more natural these terms become, the more prepared you are to crush an … Essential Accounting Terms for a Career in Real Estate Private Equity Read More »

Real Estate Private Equity Model 101: Sales Tax Incentives

For a real estate private equity beginner, layering sales tax incentives into a real estate private equity model may sound intimidating. Like other incentives, however, accurate modeling comes down to understanding how the incentive is calculated and the timing of receipts. Sales tax incentives are not allowed in all states, but there are enough that … Real Estate Private Equity Model 101: Sales Tax Incentives Read More »
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