Capital market teams help real estate companies raise the debt or equity needed to close on a single deal. This is not to be confused with pure investment banking which helps companies raise capital for the actual company, not just for a particular deal. It is worth noting that some capital market companies will call themselves “investment banks”.
Some companies will actually place the financing (e.g. commercial banks, insurance companies, larger brokerage firms, CMBS groups, etc.) while other purely advise by helping the company find the capital at the best price.
As a junior member of the capital markets team, your main responsibility will be:
On the surface, the job seems similar to an acquisitions role, and in many respect it is. However, the big difference is, you are trying to place financing, not buying a property. Because of this, your underwriting of the real estate is at a much higher level than someone in acquisitions. Your goal is to get fairly good comfort that the property and the investor will perform.
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Analyst (0-3 years)
Associate (3-5 years)
Vice President (5-8)
Managing Director (9+)
Similar to brokerage, capital market compensation is quite variable at the senior levels since your compensation is heavily weighted by the amount of business you drum up. Only at the junior level is compensation fairly set.
Analyst: $60k base + 15% bonus
Associate: $85k base + 25% bonus