Real Estate Developer

Real estate developers are employed in one of the real estate field's most difficult fields - property development.

Job Description and Obligations

Real estate developers are employed in one of the real estate field’s most difficult fields – property development. They buy large tracts of land on which residential neighborhoods, industrial complexes, shopping centers or other commercial structures are constructed. They also buy rundown properties and invest in them to turn them into new apartment complexes or shopping centres.

Developers need to be able to understand the value of a given property. When the site has been chosen for prospective development, they must raise enough “seed” money to buy the property. Real estate developers partner with architects to design the building that is being proposed. The developer also has the responsibility of hiring a contractor to build the house. Either a real estate broker or the developer’s own real estate company puts the houses or other buildings up for sale or lease upon completion of construction.

Education and Training Required

Real estate developers need to have wide knowledge of the different aspects and phases of real estate, as well as sound financial management skills. To gain this expertise, most prospective developers take courses provided by local real estate boards, community colleges, technical schools, or universities at the post-secondary level. Most developers of real estate hold masters degrees in business management, marketing, urban planning and related fields.

Moreover, a lot of people gain knowledge and skills as salespeople, leasing agents, or brokers, and that aids them in becoming developers in the real estate industry. Real estate developers need to have good entrepreneurial instincts and communication skills, because to succeed they need to sell their ideas.

Scoring the Job

Most real estate developers start with an immovable entry-level position. The newspapers and internet list vacancies for entry level positions. You may apply directly in the real estate companies as well. Some developers of real estate gain experience working in the construction industry. Colleges and technical schools have recruitment offices and lists of open vacancies.

Advancement and Job Perspectives

Developers of real estate may work for major real estate companies or land development firms. They succeed by undertaking ever larger and more nuanced projects. Some eventually specialize in the development of certain forms of land, such as industrial parks or even entire cities. Often successful developers start their own development and construction firms, or real estate organizations.

The entire real estate sector is highly influenced by the economic trends. However, overall job growth is projected to be positive for real estate developers. Job prospects can vary in various areas of the country depending on the specific needs and economic health of a nation.

Working Conditions

Real estate developers work in offices but may spend a great deal of time looking for locations, overseeing development, and consulting with investors, architects, contractors, and others involved in the project. The job can be exciting and rewarding but also frustrating and risky in terms of finances.

Income and Profits

Profits for real estate developers vary widely based on a variety of factors, including geographic location, project size and performance, and economic status. Some experienced developers of immovables who own their own businesses receive $1 million or more a year. Nonetheless, some developers who invest a lot of money in an unsuccessful project could lose all of their investment.