Over the last 10 years, the domestic real estate industry has experienced a dramatic rise and decline. Real estate may be a cyclical game, but there are some major career opportunities available for the determined. Read this guide and you'll learn more about careers in the business, from real estate brokerage to property management to real estate finance.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Raul Saavedra, Jr.:
Raul began his real estate career soon after graduating from the University of Illinois in 1994.
Raul bought an apartment building and began working in commercial real estate as an office tenant representation broker. After developing a strong sales and marketing background in the real estate, Raul enrolled in The Kellogg School of Management.
Raul has a background in many facets of real estate: residential, commercial, industrial and even technology. He has worked at Insignia/ESG, Colliers and was Market Director for a real estate technology firm.
At Kellogg, Raul became very involved with the real estate club and the curriculum. Saavedra was a co-chair of both real estate club and the annual Real Estate Conference. He graduated in June 2002 with plans to reenter the real estate industry after graduation.
Brett Hamilton Brett gained his introduction to real estate as an economic consultant assigned to a bankruptcy of a Japanese real estate company. With his interest ignited, he jumped into real estate full time at CB Richard Ellis, where he advised developers, investors and government agencies on financial and market aspects of real estate projects spanning retail, office, industrial, hotel, single-family community, multifamily and mixed-use product types.
While staying active as an independent real estate consultant, Brett undertook his MBA at The Wharton School and became an active participant in various real estate organizations and competitions. After graduation, he joined Trammell Crow Company in an opportunistic private equity fund, pursuing new investments and helping manage existing assets. Brett has since left the fund to pursue entrepreneurial ventures in real estate.
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