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Mr. Real Estate Finance

About Me:

Directly out of undergrad I worked in real estate banking for a year, before leaving to work for a real estate PE fund. I have been with the PE firm for the past 3 years and was recently promoted from analyst to associate. Post-MBA I plan to work as a PM for a tech company and am currently working on creating a real estate property management software.


Undergrad School: University of Virginia (McIntire School of Commerce(

Undergrad Major: Finance

GPA: 3.0

GMAT: 710

Age: 26,  Ethnicity: Black or African American

Extracurriculars: Soup Kitchen Volunteer (4 hours per week over the past year)

Work History:

Title: Real Estate Private Equity Associate

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 3 yrs

Big Life Wins:

This past year I had the opportunity to work with my firm’s European Office for an extended period of time. Through this opportunity, I assisted in the planning and development of a new proprietary investment platform that the European team is still working to grow.

Post MBA Goal:

Post-MBA I would like to transition to a tech company to work as a product manager. My background to date has all been in the real estate finance space and I would like to gain a better understanding of general management and the tech industry.


Target School: Kellogg

Status: Open

Considering: Harvard, Stanford GSB, Wharton


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 15%

  • The MBA Exchange

    Mr. Real Estate Finance: Emily here from The MBA Exchange. I agree with others that your story needs to be carefully crafted to be successful in the MBA Admissions process. Working with a consultant will help you to connect your past to your future and show where your goals can take you. It can also help you find ways to boost your extracurricular profile that you may not have thought of on your own. UVA is well respected by MBA programs, though the 3.0 will be below average for your schools. It could be helpful to show evidence that you can handle the academic rigor through an online class or to explain what happened in undergrad and why you will …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 25%

    Hi, Mr. Real Estate Finance, this is Julie-Anne Heafey with mbaMission. You seem to have such a strong interest in real estate – is your tech move related to that, and/or at all linked to the app you are creating (is that a side gig, passion project, or part of your work)? I do think having a coherent story on your goals would be helpful, otherwise the pivot might be confusing. My bigger concern is on the academic side – a 3.0 is pretty low for Kellogg. Was there something going on in undergrad that is worth adding context to in an optional essay? Normally I’d look for a high GMAT to help counterbalance a low GPA, but yours is …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Congrats on the recent promotion! What is going to be important in your application is to make yourself stand out from other finance applicants. I like that you have had both banking and PE experience – PE is a highly coveted job in general, especially out of business school and you could act as a resource to classmates looking to enter into PE. Your European experience will help enhance your profile. You will need to tie in your interest in tech product management – maybe this current project has given you insight into the possibilities with technology? Your goal should credible and ambitious – and with the limited information here I am not quite seeing the credible tie to technology. Also, Kellogg will be looking …

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