As part of our ongoing series of YouTube Shorts, we recently published a video about the importance of keeping a personal commercial real estate deal sheet (see video below). In this context, a real estate deal sheet is a comprehensive list of investments that a real estate professional has worked on in their career. The deal sheet includes key details about each deal, such as property type, investment type, investment size, location, company, etc.
The deal sheet is evidence of a real estate professional’s deal seasoning, which is essential when interviewing for CRE jobs or raising capital.
In the aforementioned YouTube short, I discuss the importance of the deal sheet and relate how I’ve kept my own personal deal sheet of $30+ billion of investments over a 20+ career in CRE. Soon after publishing the video, several viewers asked for an example of this great tool. I of course can’t share my deal sheet publicly, as many of the investment details included in the deal sheet are proprietary. So, instead we decided to take my deal sheet and create a template version for A.CRE readers to download and/or use for their own careers.
What is a Commercial Real Estate Deal Sheet in the Career Context?
Again, in this context, a real estate deal sheet is a comprehensive list of investments that a real estate professional has worked on in their career. The deal sheet includes key details about each deal, such as property type, investment type, investment size, location, company, etc.
The deal sheet may be kept in a journal, in a personal Excel file, in a Word document, or any other such medium that the real estate professional finds capable. What really matters is that a log of each investment is kept so that the real estate professional can reference back to that deal sheet in the future.
The individual investment information you store in that deal sheet may be confidential, but the aggregate level information contained in the deal sheet (e.g. underwritten 121 market rate apartment investments) is not. And that aggregate data is incredibly valuable to you as your career grows.
Why Keep a Commercial Real Estate Deal Sheet?
As mentioned, the aggregate level data in your deal sheet becomes quite valuable to you as your career progresses. Here are a few reasons why:
1. Record Keeping
A deal sheet serves as a comprehensive record of all transactions, including those underwritten and closed by the professional. This can be useful for future reference and for maintaining an organized account of all deals.
By periodically reviewing past deals, professionals can glean important insights and lessons from their experiences. This can help them identify their strengths and weaknesses, and make more informed decisions in the future.
3. Showcasing Expertise
A deal sheet can serve as tangible proof of a professional’s track record in the industry. It provides a detailed account of their involvement in various deals, demonstrating their hands-on experience and seasoning in the field.
4. Career Advancement
Whether a professional is seeking a new job or a promotion, a well-maintained deal sheet can be persuasive to potential employers who often seek evidence of past success as an indicator of future performance.
5. Raising Capital
When raising capital, a deal sheet can be used to confirm the experience and seasoning of the professional to potential investors. This can increase their confidence in the professional’s ability to manage and grow their investment.
Download the Commercial Real Estate Deal Sheet Template
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We regularly update the tool (see version notes). Paid contributors to the tool receive a new download link via email each time the tool is updated.
- Initial Release