Real estate analysts are responsible for managing their organization's real estate holdings. Analysts continuously watch real estate markets where their company or clients have property, ensuring that any changes in that region are prepared for and any positive shifts can be capitalized on. Analysts are in charge of researching new areas to invest in and identifying opportune moments to sell current property. An analyst's responsibilities may include preparing weekly or monthly meetings for upper management to keep them abreast of developments, as well as working with buyers and answering their questions about the company's properties.
The majority of real estate analysts work with companies that hold significant real estate investments. These companies need analysts' expertise to ensure the stability of investment portfolios, as well as to aid in increasing their holdings. Analysts are responsible for minimizing the risk that these and future investments carry, while also carefully analyzing these regions. This is especially true for analysts working with companies specializing in structured finance. Whether working as a team or on a project alone, the analyst carries the responsibility for those purchases.
Analysts looking for employment are generally expected to hold at least a bachelor's degree in finance, business administration, or a related field. Depending on the seniority of the position, employers may ask for one to three years of experience working in commercial real estate.
Real Estate Analyst Tasks
Oversee financial performance of a real estate portfolio, including cash flow and acquisition strategies.
Underwrite and negotiate real estate transactions like purchases, dispositions, and leases.
Coordinate budgets and service level agreements with property managers.
Research legal documents and public records to assess the status of the title and perform due diligence.