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You could be working for either a commercial bank or an investment bank and specialize in real estate. The two roles are very different, with investment bank workers focusing upon raising capital for real estate clients that might involve IPOs or bond issues, as well as advising on mergers and acquisitions between real estate firms. Commercial bank workers tend to have a more straightforward role, dealing with clients searching for loans for real estate ventures.
Commercial Bank Real Estate
Commercial banking is suited more towards those with a strong interest in the real estate sector, and less in the in depth capital market processes. You’ll be much more involved in the current real estate market, rather than in maintaining knowledge of the stock market, for example. You may be involved heavily with lending – creating loan products for clients that not only benefit the bank and client financially, but also fit in with the current state of the property market. Ultimately, the products should be designed to minimize risk, yet still be affordable.
Investment Bank Real Estate
Investment banking is more suited to those with a strong financial background looking for a financial services niche in which to build their career. An understanding of the property market isn’t necessary, but an interest in this field would be advantageous. You will, however, learn on the job. The job of an investment banker in terms of real estate might be to create solutions which enable the client to raise the equity to enable a major real estate development to go ahead. Alternatively, it may be to research and identify target companies within the property market, and progress towards an acquisition.
For those who have combined knowledge of both the financial and real estate industries, a well-paid, well-respected role outside of the banks is that of real estate advisor. You’ll need good communication skills as you’ll be working closely with buyers, sellers, property developers, fund managers, and other financial institutions. Your job will be to provide financial advice relating to a purchase, so drawing on experience from both a real estate and financial background is essential.