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First of all, if you want to become a real estate developer, you’ll need to determine if this career path is a good fit for your skills and interests. Being a successful real estate developer requires a fully developed set of analytical, financial, organizational and marketing skills, which enable real estate developers to make the right choices when purchasing, financing, developing and then selling or leasing properties.

As Hochfelder points out, in reality, there is no specific path to becoming a real estate developer. In fact, many real estate developers come from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds, and some even begin with no professional experience whatsoever.