NMHC logo

The Professionals’ Choice for Real Estate Jobs

The masterminds behind real estate transactions...
These transaction-oriented positions focus on acquiring or relinquishing control of real property and assets, and may also apply to real estate corporate M&A and REIT public-private transactions. Acquisition managers may be responsible for market analysis, site selection, financial modeling, negotiation, and the execution of the transaction, whether it is an acquisition or disposition. Acquisition responsibilities may also include strategic planning, identifying and analyzing acquisition opportunities, negotiating transactions, and packaging deals for clients, the company, or the business unit. Additional responsibilities with disposition include assessing tax implications and structuring the sale with tax-deferred exchange vehicles.

Role / Company Location Posted
Investment AnalystKETTLER McLean, VA Aug 24, 2019
Analyst, Affordable Housing Acquisitions & DevelopmentFairstead New York, NY Aug 23, 2019
Multifamily Acquisitions AnalystConfidential Los Angeles, CA Aug 23, 2019
Conservation Acquisitions Program Manager/Land AgentCenter for Natural Lands Management Sacramento, CA Aug 22, 2019
MULTIFAMILY ACQUISITIONS ASSOCIATEStandard Companies Chicago, IL Aug 22, 2019
Property Acquisition & Relocation SpecialistTriMet Portland, OR Aug 21, 2019
Acquisition Specialist MultifamilyInterwest Capital Group LLC San Diego, CA Aug 21, 2019
Senior Investment AssociateParkway Orlando, FL Aug 20, 2019
Real Estate Acquisitions AnalystAimco Bethesda, MD Aug 20, 2019
Research & Development AssistantCommunity Preservation Partners San Francisco, CA Aug 15, 2019

Looking to the future

Financial analysis is one of the strongest skill sets that any real estate professional can have, and an acquisitions/dispositions specialist requires mastery of this skill. It is said that "all the money is made on the buy" in real estate, and these specialists will continue to be crucial in extracting the maximum value from a transaction. Real estate acquisitions/dispositions specialists will play a major role in the coming years as several owners, developers, and financial institutions look to either acquire or relinquish discounted and distressed assets. Looking further into the coming years, as real estate continues to move toward being a transaction oriented business with real estate securities and REITs increasing liquidity in the real estate market, acquisition/disposition specialists will be called up on to analyze, valuate, and negotiate deals more frequently. During this time, it will be necessary for acquisition managers to have an understanding of asset performance and ultimately what drives the bottom line.


Skills Required

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong financial modeling ability
  • Deal structuring skills
  • Negotiation abilities
  • Strong understanding of the capital markets

Professional Reading and Resources

  • "Commercial Property News"
  • "Journal of Property Investment”
  • "Real Estate Alert"
  • "Real Estate Forum"
  • "Real Estate Finance and Investment" by William Brueggeman and Jeffrey Fisher

Industry Qualifications

  • College Degree in Business, Real Estate or Finance (Minimum)
  • Master’s Degree in Finance, Real Estate or MBA preferred
  • CCIM: Certified Commercial Investment Member

Top Companies

  • The Blackstone Group
  • Lone Star Funds
  • Starwood Capital Group
  • Tishman Speyer
  • The Carlyle Group