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Brain Teasers in Real Estate Private Equity Interviews

Introduction Brain teasers are an important topic in our coverage of real estate private equity for beginners. They show up quite often during interviews, though they may not always touch upon real estate-specific concepts. Categorically, they’re not the same as the other technical questions in our comprehensive guide. In fact, I consider brain teasers to …

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Behavioral Real Estate Private Equity Interview Questions

Behavioral vs. Technical Questions Real estate private equity interview questions can be generally categorized as technical or behavioral. Broadly, behavioral questions ask who you are (subjective/qualitative) and technical questions ask what you know (objective/quantitative). As with Liberal Arts versus STEM, the ways in which you are tested vary. Technical questions probe your mastery of a …

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Preferred Note Case Study, Part Two: Levered Cash Flows

When we model this preferred equity structure, we first need to consider the joint venture. The joint venture is the genesis of the cash flows, after which the preferred and common will split their share accordingly. So what does this joint venture look like? Pay close attention – cash flow modeling is one of the …

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Real Estate Private Equity Interview Prep: The Capital Stack

The following real estate private equity interview questions should be practiced deliberately as if you were answering in-person in front of a real investor. The focus of these questions is on the capital stack and how it relates to net asset value, seniority, and return expectations. These are basic concepts to master before your next …

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REPE Interview Prep: Pro Forma Interview Questions, Part Two

This is the second part of the real estate private equity interview prep series focusing on property pro formas. The first part of this series can be found here. You must understand these questions cold before beginning any real estate private equity interview process. Walk me through an office pro-forma The revenue side of an …

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REPE Interview Prep: Why Invest in Real Estate? What are the main real estate sectors, and how do they differ?

This is a collection of repe interview questions to help you prepare for a career in REPE. These particular repe interview questions focus on two common questions. First, why invest in real estate? Second, what are the main real estate sectors, and how do they differ? You need to have the answers to these questions …

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Will Real Estate Private Equity Certification Help Me Get a Job?

One of the frequent questions we hear at Leveraged Breakdowns is whether there is a real estate private equity certification that will help distinguish applicants in a crowded applicant pool.  There are a few certifications available, but they are aimed at validating the experience a person already has. Put another way, most certifications require documentation …

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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 …

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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 …

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A Beginner’s Guide To Commercial Leases, Part Three: Other Terms

The third and final installment of this series covers several of the other key terms contained within commercial leases. Some of these terms may come up as part of a real estate private equity interview case study. You can rehearse these on your own or even practice them as part of the real estate private …

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