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Questions to ask During a Real Estate Private Equity Interview

One of the more common questions I get from students is: “what questions should I ask at the end of a real estate private equity interview?” Right off the bat, that question implies there is a set list of best-to-ask real estate private equity interview questions at the end of each round. But if there …

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Life Science and the Urban-Suburban Multifamily Divide During COVID-19

Introduction To the casual observer, “real estate” may seem to be one single asset class. Perhaps your personal account is exposed to some tech, some healthcare, and maybe some REIT stocks. After all, within real estate, the gist is that landlords charge their tenants rent. How much variance can there be? But when you pry …

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Preferred Note Case Study, Part Four: Equity Schedules

In the prior post, we built the cash flow waterfalls for this preferred note case study. If you’re just coming to this article, I suggest you begin at part one (this is part four). This post will focus on the preferred equity and common equity schedules. These schedules drive almost all of the waterfall logic …

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Live Case Study #1, Part Five: Finish Our Model

Introduction This series follows a live case study in which we underwrite the potential acquisition of a $350M 4.0% 2029 notes issuance by Life Storage Inc. (NYSE: LSI), a self storage REIT. If you haven’t yet, I suggest you begin at part one. This post picks up where part four left off: how to figure …

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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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A Beginner’s Guide To Commercial Leases, Part Two: Expenses

Commercial leases are the backbone of the REPE industry. Demonstrating a familiarity or a mastery of the terminology will help you nail a real estate private equity interview. Part one of this series focused on understanding the terminology in commercial leases related to income. Part two will zero in on the expense side of the …

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Three Mistakes to Avoid in Real Estate Private Equity Interviews

This post examines three common mistakes that candidates make when interviewing for real estate private equity jobs. I have interviewed countless candidates for various positions at my fund. If you make any of these mistakes, you will be immediately cut from my process. Protect your candidacy by avoiding these easily avoidable pitfalls. Mistake #1: Freezing …

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Real Estate Investment Case Study Challenge #1: Solution Step 3

Introduction This is the third and final step in solving the inaugural real estate investment case study challenge. This solution teaches you how to build a typical real estate private equity model used in one-hour on-site case studies. This is a basic model that you should be able to build from scratch without referencing anything …

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Interview with a Real Estate Private Equity Acquisitions Analyst who Broke in from a Non-Target State School

I am excited to share my interview with Chris, a real estate private equity (“REPE”) acquisitions analyst who broke into his investments role from a non-target state school. Trying to break into REPE? Subscribe to our free newsletter, and check out our course that distills years of insider knowledge to teach you the REPE investments …

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