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Old 11-14-2010, 09:11 PM
 
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I applied to GSU to major in Real Estate and I have a question?

If I get in to GSU when I graduate I would like to work at a company in Atlanta in real estate development, and would having a degree in Real Estate instead of another business degree be a plus?

Thanks!
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Old 11-14-2010, 09:24 PM
 
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I don't have any solid advice and I am not in that industry... but I do have a suggestion to pass on..

If you are talking about an undergraduate program....

and you are ambitious and it is important to you... work towards two degrees. It isn't that much harder if you plan it out. I would consider a second degree in geography or economics on top of the one in Real Estate. Two very important parts to real estate development. The trick is your extra-general classes will be the major class of the other major and vice versa.
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:18 AM
 
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Im finance going into real estate. Personally, I think an RE degree is a little overrated. It's interesting to note the comparisons between corporate equity and commercial building classes. Redevelopments can be like LBOs or M&As. Acquisitions can be compared to various debt instruments and fixed income. New construction can be like getting a small company started. Just like finance is a really broad topic, real estate is really broad. Are you trying to be a residential sales agent or broker? What kind of broker? If that is the case you don't need a real estate degree. What are you trying to get into?

I have been interested in RE my whole life. My dad is a developer in FL and I have grown up knowing lots of RE guys in private equity, REITs, and lending (really some major players). My suggestion for you if you want to go the commercial route is to go finance, take some RE classes on the side, take the 75 hour Barney Fletcher course and get a license, take the Argus course at Emory and get certified, intern at a major brokerage/investments firm (Cushman Wakefield, CBRE, Marcus & Millichap, Tishman Speyer, Cousins, Hines, all of these guys have major presences here in Atl). You may not get paid, but the experience is worth it. Lastly, join an organization like ULI or NAIOP. ULI is easier and cheaper for students.
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Old 11-15-2010, 11:33 AM
 
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Double majoring in Finance and RE would be the route I'd go.

I work on the hotel real estate side of things. They also have a RE degree with an emphasis on hotels if that peaks your interest. Fairly new program.
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Old 11-15-2010, 04:09 PM
 
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As long as you get a business degree (BS), you are fine. I think minoring in Real Estate is probably a good idea. Finance minor also sounds like sound advice. Good luck in getting in GSU!
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Old 11-16-2010, 01:58 PM
 
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I applied to GSU to major in Real Estate and I have a question?

If I get in to GSU when I graduate I would like to work at a company in Atlanta in real estate development, and would having a degree in Real Estate instead of another business degree be a plus?

Thanks!
Simple. Pick a company and ask for an informational interview. If you don't know what that is, google it.
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Old 11-16-2010, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Simple. Pick a company and ask for an informational interview. If you don't know what that is, google it.
This is a really good idea! I did this a few times before going to grad school. I was choosing between two difference routes and definitely played a role in my decision.

I still think dual degrees is also a good idea too
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