Real estate finance is an important part of the world’s economies.

It propels businesses, drives international investment and trade, and influences decision-makers around the globe. Vibrant careers are available in real estate finance, investment, mortgage lending, REITs and appraisal.



REIT’s are an important part of the economy
REITs are an important part of the economy, investors’ portfolio and local communities. REITs own more than $3 trillion in gross real estate assets.
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Commercial Real Estate Finance (CREF) Careers
There’s a place for everyone in the $3 trillion commercial real estate finance (CREF) industry.
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Appraisal services are in demand.
The industry is on the upswing. There are independent fee appraiser jobs as well as positions with large companies and government agencies to consider. Appraisal review is a growing field within financial institutions, as well.
Appraisers have solid earning potential.
Most everywhere you work there is good earning potential. In 2017 the median salary among commercial appraisers was more than $70,000. Some people combine appraisal with related work to further bolster their incomes.

Real Estate Appraisal

Appraisers are an important contributor to the real estate industry because they estimate the value of all kinds of property from homes to large office buildings and beyond. The role of the appraiser is to provide objective, impartial and unbiased opinions about the value of real property — providing assistance to those who own, manage, sell, invest in and/or lend money on the security of real estate.  In addition to residential and/or commercial appraisals — and depending upon an appraiser’s designation and qualifications — he or she can provide/assist with some or all of the following:

  • Estate planning and estate settlements
  • Tax assessment review and advice
  • Advice in eminent domain and condemnation property transactions
  • Dispute resolution — including divorce, estate settlements, property partition suits, foreclosures and zoning issues
  • Feasibility studies
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Commercial Real Estate Finance

Commercial Real Estate Finance (CREF) is a $10 trillion industry, employing 340,000 professionals and growing. There are many career paths to follow - with jobs that fit a large variety of goals, personalities and backgrounds. With a career in residential mortgage banking, you can make a good living by helping others improve their standard of living and realize the dream of homeownership. Commercial real estate finance combines the worlds of real estate development, management and ownership with high finance. With more than $3 trillion in mortgage debt outstanding, the market is huge, and dynamic. Wall Street conduits, international and community banks, life insurance companies, government-sponsored entities, debt funds and others all play important roles in the space.
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Commercial Real Estate Investment

Commercial real estate has reached a new era. Global investors are chasing yield in secondary markets, cash flow has become as important as cap rate compression, and a flight to quality has replaced portfolio and entity-level transactions. Now more than ever, the industry needs local expertise skilled in analysis, asset management, and appreciation.

With markets changing rapidly, several commercial real estate professionals are finding new ways to adapt successfully to these constant evolutions. Trends such as vibrant downtowns, alternative lending, property and land reuse, and international investment in the U.S. can be ideal springboards for new business opportunities.

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Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT)

A REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) is a company that owns, operates or finances income-producing real estate. REITs provide all investors the chance to own valuable real estate, present the opportunity to access dividend-based income and total returns, and help communities grow, thrive and revitalize. These publicly traded companies offer diverse career opportunities and are constantly recruiting for high potential talent. REITs are an important part of the economy, investors’ portfolios and local communities. Taken individually, a single REIT-owned property can change the entire complexion of a neighborhood. When viewed as an entire industry, REITs significantly contribute to the tax base, job market and community.
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