Real Estate: a sector with vast opportunities for career advancement

Careers in corporate real estate, advisory services, cross-industry careers and brokerage have vast opportunities for advancement. Work in a fast-paced environment, shape where and how work gets done, provide special knowledge and expertise, and learn something new every day.



There’s more to real estate than selling homes
When most people think of real estate, they think of agents who specialize in buying and selling homes. In reality, the industries involved in real estate are wide ranging and varied, including everything from agents to architects to brokers. 
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5 Things Top CRE Brokers Do Every Day
It’s no secret that commercial real estate is a competitive business. Brokers must be willing to work hard if they want to succeed, and even then there are no guarantees. Top brokers, those seemingly flooded with opportunities and referrals, cracked the code by applying a mix of hard work and smart tactics that ultimately lead to success.
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Spaces matter.
Corporate real estate professionals have strategic responsibility for billions of square feet of property globally from acquisition through development and disposition.
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Places matter.
Every corporation needs a place to conduct its business. Places for employees to work. Places for research and development. Places for manufacturing or distribution.
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Experiences matter.
The physical spaces and places where work gets done are a vital part of a corporate brand, company culture - and the employee experience.
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Realty/Brokerage

Office and industrial realtors work in a fast-pace environment, with vast opportunities for career advancement and growth potential, and diverse career options.

A real estate broker is a person who acts as an intermediary between sellers and buyers of real estate. Brokers typically receive a payment called a commission for successfully matching a seller’s real estate with a buyer, resulting in a successful sales transaction. Brokers and their salespersons who assist in marketing, selling, or leasing properties are commonly called “listing brokers” or “listing agents.” Listing brokers and agents seek to market, sell, or lease the property for the highest available price under the best available terms.

Brokers who achieve the highest levels of success and adhere to rigorous professional standards belong to the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors® (SIOR), representing the world’s elite in industrial and office brokerage.

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Corporate Real Estate

Corporate real estate professionals manage diverse real estate portfolios in multiple locations. They work in all classes of property, land and buildings, including offices, data centers, manufacturing facilities, logistics centers, corporate headquarters, distribution facilities, retail stores and hotels. Most corporate real estate professionals hold undergraduate or graduate degrees. Many have degrees other than real estate. Most training is provided after graduation by a professional association or hiring company.

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Cross-Industry Careers

A successful real estate team requires a wide variety of people with different expertise and backgrounds. People with diverse skills can discover a great career in real estate.  There is not one single career path that predicts success in this industry. For example, there are real estate companies that have their own general contracting firm which makes them capable of developing the project cost effectively while managing the project in house.  This means that people with construction, civil, mechanical, electrical and industrial engineering are involved in real estate companies. On the other side, on a development team there are architects, interior designers, financial analysts, data analysts and marketing specialists.  Real estate companies either self-manage their own assets or hire a third-party management company to provide services that meet the owner’s goals and objectives. Broadly, these job functions fall into the following categories: finance/accounting; talent development/human resources; legal/risk management/safety; sales/marketing and communication.

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Real Estate Advisory Services

A developer seeking to take a project through the entitlement process, a pension fund evaluating the performance of its real estate portfolio, or a company planning to sell an office building may turn to a consultant for advice and assistance. Real estate consultants may provide a full range of services including market analysis, feasibility analysis, real estate research, site selection, environmental impact studies, and so forth. A number specialize in a particular product category, such as apartments or retail. Clients value consultants because they maintain extensive market databases and provide special knowledge or expertise than can be used to develop more business, reduce costs, improve the performance of investment portfolios, or achieve other business and investment goals.

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Getting into Commercial Real Estate
Commercial real estate is a non-stop, exhilarating, evolving, dynamic industry — miss a beat and you’re left in the dust.
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A Catalyst for Change: COVID-19’s Impact on Women in Commercial Real Estate
In commercial real estate, the COVID-19 pandemic presented new challenges for women and stalled their progress in the industry. Yet it also presented new opportunities to change the industry culture and remove persistent workplace barriers.
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The Most Valuable Asset: Expanding the CRE Talent Pool
To address its ongoing talent shortage, the commercial real estate industry must look outside of traditional recruiting avenues and consider people with nontraditional career paths.
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Four Tips for a Successful First Year as a Land Agent
Becoming a land broker sounds fun. You see all the cool pictures, videos, and listings that agents post online and on social media, so you think “Hey, I like the outdoors, I like to hunt and fish, I know my way around the woods, so I’m going to become a land agent and just watch the money roll in.” As many a land broker will tell you, you are dead wrong.
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Lift as We Rise
For women, beginning a career in commercial real estate can feel like a ride down a turbulent river with branches, rocks and obstacles in the way. Read more in CREW CEO Wendy Mann’s blog and learn how you can support the next generation of women leaders in their path to success in the industry.
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Confessions of a Land Pro
Have you ever wondered how the best land brokers got to the top of their game? “Confessions of a Land Pro,” a new series from the REALTORS Land Institute’s Future Leaders Committee, aims to answer that question.
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How do we create real change and a more inclusive industry?
How do we create real change and a more inclusive industry? In her latest blog, CREW CEO Wendy Mann asks CRE leaders to raise their hands, ask questions, choose to challenge gender bias and commit to taking action.
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The Benefits of Land Real Estate Education
A love of land and industry experience are great to have, but once you start working, you’ll be faced with questions that even some of the most seasoned professionals might not know how to answer. Here's how education helps you succeed.
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PODCAST – Can commercial real estate become more diverse?
As a new generation of women emerges to pursue C-suite positions, how can CRE leaders take action now to remove barriers to their success? Listen to CREW Network’s CEO, Wendy Mann’s, insights on increasing gender equity and diversity in a podcast interview.
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Internships Are Opening the Doors to Careers in Corporate Real Estate
CoreNet Global announced that in 2020, just over one year from its launch, its InternConnect web portal will have more than 500 internship opportunities globally for students looking to enter the corporate real estate profession.
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Discover Corporate Real Estate
Chances are, you probably never said: "I want to be a corporate real estate executive when I grow up." Discover a dynamic career you likely never knew existed.
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Remote jobs are on the rise
Real estate is one of seven industries that has more remote jobs than others, according to FlexJobs.
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