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Eight Real Estate Skills Investors and Developers Should Know

FORBES | EXPERT PANEL | Feb. 27, 2020

The real estate market is highly competitive, and to make an impact, you need to stand out from the rest of the crowd. Regardless of whether you're a developer or an investor, there are a few crucial skills that you need to demonstrate in order to find success in the industry.

To help highlight what people should focus on mastering, eight members of Forbes Real Estate Council, below, discuss some of the essential abilities that developers or investors need to have.

1. Analytical Skills

Analytical skills to properly analyze an asset being considered for acquisition financially are a critical skill set a successful real estate investor or developer must possess. They should also be able to create a business plan and proforma for that asset and calculate expected returns. - Rod Khleif, Lifetime Cash Flow Academy

2. Market Knowledge And Management Skills

Investing in real estate is a risk like any investment, but with market knowledge you will be able to understand the risk and weigh it against the return to be able to make the best decision when investing. Another skill that is necessary is definitely management skills, especially for the beginning investor who will have to create a team of contractors and other service providers and get them to meet deadlines, overcome unexpected challenges and continue to be productive. - Cyrus Mohseni, The Keystone Team

3. Seeing What Others Cannot

The ability to see what others can't see is essential. Sometimes the biggest single thing that makes an investment or development work is the vision of the people taking part in the deal. The ability to see the potential in a deal when everyone else can't is one of the greatest strengths an investor and developer can have. - Dan Dutton, OMNE Partners

4. Understanding Value Drivers

Identifying currently undervalued assets is key to any successful investment. You make your money on the acquisition. Most fundamentally, understanding value and value drivers is critical to success here. - Brad Savage, Apprise by Walker & Dunlop