Real Estate

The MBA Real Estate Club Visits Charlotte

October 10, 2014 By Mason Ellerbe

This blog was written by Mason Ellerbe, MBA Class of 2015 Recently a group of 33 first and second year MBA Real Estate students traveled to Charlotte to visit with several real estate firms in the area. On our first day we had the opportunity to meet with Jeremiah McCrory from Batson-Cook Construction at their Skyhouse development in Charlotte scheduled to be delivered in May 2015. Batson-Cook and Novare have partnered on over 11 Skyhouse towers around the Southeast, occasionally partnering with local developers on individual projects. In Charlotte their partner is Grubb Properties. Jeremiah told us how building essentially the same building over again in different cities has allowed Batson-Cook to streamline its construction process saving time and money Read More

MBA Fall Real Estate DC Trek – Two Days, Seven Projects

October 1, 2014 By Mason Ellerbe

This blog was written by Mary Margaret Little, MBA Class of 2016 The MBA Real Estate Club recently visited Washington, D.C. for the first career trek of 2014-2015 academic year.  With the support of the MBA Real Estate Club and the Wood Center, the Alumni Networking Reception was held at The Gryphon in Dupont Circle. We had a great turnout, and we look forward to seeing many more of you during our next visit in February 2015. Over the two-day trip, we toured seven projects throughout the District and Maryland. We explored projects in various stages of completion with tours given by seven different companies including: mFlats by Kettler, Pike & Rose by Federal Realty Investment Trust, Bethesda Crossing by Read More

Asset Class Fundamentals at UNC Kenan-Flagler

September 23, 2014 By Susan Drake

This blog was written by Jonathan Lim, MBA Class of 2016 Recently, the classes of 2015 and 2016 had the opportunity to meet with and learn from leaders in a variety of asset classes and industry functions during company presentation day at UNC Kenan-Flagler. Both a learning opportunity for those without real estate backgrounds and a networking opportunity for the class as a whole, company presentation day was a great success and a rare opportunity to gain a wide knowledge of real estate at both the macro and company levels. Through discussions surrounding larger economic and consumer trends and firm-level strategy, we were able to gain a holistic view of the multi-family, commercial, retail, and industrial asset classes. We started Read More

PERE Special Report – US Graduate Programs, Real Estate

September 16, 2014 By Susan Drake PERE

A growing number of American universities are offering dedicated graduate degree programs in an effort to curtail the practice of Wall Street poaching and directly address the specialized skills required by the private equity real estate industry.  This article is re-printed with permission and can be seen on the Pere News website along with a survey of the top graduate real estate programs.  The site requires a minimum registration, giving you the ability to download three articles a month.  This is worth one of those downloads. Back to school By Erik Kolb In the July/August issue of PERE, there is a special section looking at the recruiting, compensation and teambuilding practices of the private equity real estate industry. Of par- Read More

Announcing the Final Fund Investment of KFBSF Real Estate Fund II

September 8, 2014 By Susan Drake

Announcing the Final Fund Investment of KFBSF Real Estate Fund II The student-managed KFBSF Real Estate Fund II at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School has made its final investment.  Alongside project sponsor Keystone Property Group, KFBSF Real Estate Fund II has invested in a value-add suburban office portfolio located in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  The portfolio consists of 11 office buildings across 8 campuses totaling 2.2M square feet. About Keystone Property Group, Inc. Keystone is a suburban Philadelphia based real estate investment group with a focused strategy on transforming underperforming properties into valuable assets. Over the past twenty years Keystone has participated in the acquisition, development, leasing and management of commercial real estate properties, including office, flex and industrial Read More

Back to School

July 29, 2014 By Susan Drake

The following article by Erik Kolb was published on July 18, 2014 by with permission to re-publish here. ‘Unorganised and ‘unattractive’: the typical real estate recruitment process isn’t widely admired. Tapping the growing number of universities with dedicated real estate MBA programs could be the answer In the current issue of PERE, there is a special section looking at the recruiting, compensation and teambuilding practices of the private equity real estate industry. Of particular note in that section is a guest column on the industry’s recruiting practices through the eyes of a recent MBA graduate – a view that is likely to be a revelation to some firms that think they have recruitment figured out. In the column, Will Read More

Another Real Estate Fund Investment – Ashford Belmar

July 2, 2014 By Susan Drake

The student-managed KFBSF Real Estate Fund II at Kenan-Flagler Business School has invested in the acquisition of a 512 unit apartment project in the Belmar sub-market of Lakewood, CO.  The investment sponsor is The RADCO Companies.  Located eight miles west of downtown Denver, this transaction was reported in the Wall Street Journal, Property Reports, on June 25, 2014. About The RADCO Companies The RADCO Companies is an Atlanta-based leader in workout and value recovery of challenged real estate assets.  The Company has acted as both a principal and as a service provider to lenders and financial institutions for over 19 years.  In 2011, RADCO began focusing on multifamily investments with mark-to-market and value-add opportunities due to their attractive risk-adjusted returns.  Read More

A Coast to Coast Footprint: 2014 Real Estate MBAs land positions all across U.S

May 27, 2014 By Susan Drake 2014 MBA Real Estate Full-Time Hires

This blog was written by Caylor Mark, MBA Class of 2014 The University of North Carolina is often recognized for its nationally known basketball program, with its reach & influence extending from coast to coast. Based on the destinations of our 2014 MBA graduates, the Real Estate program at UNC Kenan-Flagler could make the same claim. Looking first to the Pacific, a number of graduates are heading to work in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles – seemingly heeding author Horace Greeley’s once famous words, “Go West, young man” – and landing at firms Avalon Bay, Eastdil Secured, Goldman Sachs, and Alliance Residential. Transitioning to the Midwest, we have Class of 2014 members going to Chicago and Indianapolis to work Read More

Ron Terwilliger speaks to our Undergraduate and MBA Real Estate students on campus

May 1, 2014 By Mason Ellerbe Ron Terwilliger

This post was written by Mason Ellerbe, MBA Class of 2015 Recently we were excited to host Ron Terwilliger, former CEO of Trammel Crow Residential. Mr. Terwilliger spoke to a group of approximately 50 students made up of UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA and Undergraduate Business real estate club members. We heard about how he first got into the real estate business working on a residential development in Hilton Head, South Carolina after graduating from the Naval Academy and receiving his MBA from Harvard Business School. Later in his career Mr. Terwilliger achieved tremendous success with the Trammel Crow Company where he worked with many distinguished Kenan-Flagler alumni including Leonard Wood.  Mr. Terwilliger shared with the group the most important key to Read More

Real Estate Club Holds Annual Spring BBQ

April 22, 2014 By Mason Ellerbe

This blog was written by Andrew Eckman, MBA Class of 2015 On the evening of Thursday, April 17th, the UNC Kenan Flagler Real Estate club gathered on Franklin Street for its annual Spring Barbecue.  Students, faculty, staff and significant others were all in attendance.  Food and drink were by Al’s Burger Shack.  In typical Club fashion, a single keg could not satiate the masses, and a sixtel was brought out in reserve. The bluegrass music was provided by the band of UNC Kenan Flagler’s own Dave Hartzell.  At the close of the set, attendees were treated to a rendition of Old Crow Medicine Show’s Wagonwheel with vocals provided by current students John Dameron (MBA ’15) and Keaton Hurt (MBA ’15).  Read More