Commercial real estate training programs for a graduated Berkeley student?

Asked by Alex, Berkeley, CA Fri Jan 23, 2009


I am about to graduate college and I am a little hesitant about what the future (and our beautiful economy) holds for me. I am working at a commercial real estate firm in Berkeley right now and am very interested in the field. I thrive on the eat well or sleep well mentality and love the people aspect of this line of work. Unfortunately, the head brokers at my office (after hinting at hiring me as a sales agent) just told me they would be unable to offer the position and I should look elsewhere for training.

This leads me to ask:

• After I get my license how hard is it to land a entry level training job? (I interviewed at marcus and millchap and know that they give great training but at the cost of 70 hour weeks, unpaid. I have no problem with this)

• What are the top training programs? And what does it take? (100 days with Buffini, Marcus Millchap, CB Richard Ellis, etc)

• How has the market effected commercial real estate brokerage in NorCAL? Thx

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Steven Ornel…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Fri Jan 23, 2009
Alex, this may be of interest to you, I heard the program is very rigorous:

CCIM – Certified Commercial Investment Member designation has been the mark of a professional in commercial and investment real estate since 1968. The CCIM can be earned by REALTORS® as well as mortgage bankers, tax or real estate attorneys, financial planners and managers, investment advisors, officers of development companies and other real estate professionals. This designation may be earned after successfully completing four graduate-level courses and an introductory overview course.

Perhaps your question: "How has the market effected commercial real estate brokerage in NorCAL?" can be tabled to a CCIM you find.

Best, -Steve
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