It’s an exciting time to be involved in real estate as new technology rapidly transforms the industry landscape. And the advent of iBuyers like Zillow and Opendoor, alongside the digital disruption PropTech is creating industry-wide, provides great opportunity for those interested in entering the field at this moment in time. Getting a master’s degree in real estate will also help propel you as a candidate above the rest because of the cutting-edge skills and preparation an advanced program offers. Almost convinced? Read on to find out our top five reasons why you should pursue an MS in real estate.
1. You’ll have access to a powerful network of industry professionals.
Like most business world interactions, a strong professional network will play a key role in the success of your real estate career. An MS in real estate provides an environment to consistently network with fellow students and build professional connections prior to setting out in the field. You never know if the person sitting next to you will become your future business partner or collaborator. The courses for this degree also provide a channel for the flow of ideas, market knowledge, and sharing differing perspectives, which can lead to future opportunities.
Leeds’ MS in Real Estate program is integrated with the CU Real Estate Center (CUREC) and its international network of established real estate professionals, many who are alumni of Leeds. In addition, CUREC provides access to hundreds of jobs and internships, mentors and career-focused treks to help you achieve your career goals.
2. You’ll find and focus your niche.
Real estate has multiple facets and specializations within the field. By pursuing the MS in real estate, you’ll have the opportunity to explore its different areas and hone in on the certain sector(s) that you prefer. The courses incorporate financial, management and operations aspects of real estate to give you a broad overview of the industry and its nuances. With the changes spurred by new technologies, a MSRE program also provides you with the knowledge you need to be a part of reimagining the industry and its impact on global markets.
3. You can accelerate your path to career success.
Quite possibly the most important reason for choosing to pursue an MS in real estate is the increased speed (and overall time saved) in advancing your career. Instead of having to work up the real estate ladder to hopefully reach a career goal, you’ll slingshot forward by having unique learning and networking opportunities within the program that you may not have otherwise. This also means you’ll be able to optimize your career potential and increase financial gain sooner while opening doors to even more opportunities from within the field.
4. You’ll be able to actually make a tangible difference in the world.
Real estate touches the lives of every individual on the planet; it’s where you work, live, shop, recreate, worship, educate, etc. Communities are comprised of real estate—buildings and infrastructure, and improving communities improves lives. Being a top-trained professional in the real estate industry provides an unparalleled opportunity to make a positive impact on the world.
5. It’s where the jobs are.
More global wealth is invested in real estate than all the world’s stocks and bonds combined, yet the number of real estate investment professionals is a fraction of the total finance and investments workforce. There is also the explosion of PropTech (or Property Technology) that is shaping the industry dramatically through the use of varied technology tools—and creating new jobs and opportunities at the same time. Real estate has also been attracting more and more women to its wide array of sectors, from commercial real estate to construction, and many are also stepping into leadership positions in numerous organizations across the industry.