What does a Development Analyst do?

Development Analysts research and evaluate conditions in the commercial and/or residential real estate industry. Industry conditions include data on local, regional, national and/or international sales, acquisitions, trends and occupancy. They may also develop associated administrative materials, such as sales packages, financial models, and research reports.

As a Development Analyst, they closely monitor changes in the market and create models to predict upcoming situations based on market trends. Using the data, they gather, they prepare reports for company executives about when to buy and sell properties. They also design and implement ways to minimize real estate investment risks, in order to guarantee the stability of the client’s overall investment portfolio.

Development Analyst Responsibilities

  • Assist in the identification and pursuit of new development locations.
  • Primary areas of focus include market analysis, financial analysis, investment underwriting, and due diligence.
  • Review of local zoning ordinances, zoning maps, and amendments.
  • Will also be responsible for analyzing regional traffic and demographic data, aggregating municipal data, to build municipal intelligence packages and identify appropriate parcels of land.
  • Identify and research key audiences, tracking key attributes and information in internal system.
  • Work with design team that creates visualizations of new projects to ensure accuracy of their models, and adherence with local zoning, setback requirements, etc.
  • Oversee third party contractors conducting site surveys or analysis to ensure viability of sites, gather necessary data for the permitting process, and enable the creation of accurate models.
  • Support the permitting and approval process as well as submit applications when required, and assist the Development team with research and support as required.
  • Collect, organize, process, analyze, and visually display data in a range of formats, including in tables, graphs, figures, and maps.

Development Analyst Qualifications

  • 1+ year of commercial real estate experience as an analyst or equivalent role, real estate development experience preferred. They will work closely with the Development team and their assigned projects.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Economics, Real Estate, Engineering or related field.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in all aspects of Microsoft Office, ARGUS experience is a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Attention to detail, patience and perseverance is a must.
  • Advanced critical thinking skills, exhibited by the ability to take information from a wide variety of sources and synthesize/analyze the information to source new opportunities.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Must excel in a fast-paced environment with ability to multi-task proficiently.

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