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Fairstead Analyst, Acquisitions & Development in Bethesda, Maryland

Fairstead is a vertically integrated real estate company specializing in affordable and mixed-income housing. Since 2014, Fairstead has acquired and/or developed more than $4 Billion of multifamily property across the country, and today owns a portfolio of over 14,000 apartments in 16 states. The company’s comprehensive platform provides hands-on expertise across all multifamily disciplines, including acquisitions, development, design and construction, energy and sustainability, property management and social services.

Fairstead’s primary mission is to provide high-quality housing to all regardless of income, and to make our stakeholders feel “Right at Home.” We accomplish this through an empathetic and innovative approach, and by utilizing our interdisciplinary platform as an investor, developer, owner and operator. Fairstead provides hands-on expertise across all multifamily disciplines, including acquisitions, development, design, construction, energy, sustainability, property management, and social services. With a long-term commitment to its residents, communities, and partners, the Fairstead team stands out by:

  • Listening to and understanding the needs of its residents, communities, partners and stakeholders alike

  • Developing and preserving high-quality affordable housing in an innovative and sustainable fashion

  • Creating a positive social and environmental impact within the properties and communities it serves

Fairstead’s Core Values

  • Empathy

  • Innovation

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Determination

  • Integrity

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist the group in all aspects of affordable and mixed-income housing acquisition, rehabilitation, and development (Section 8, LIHTC, etc.) in core markets across the US.

  • Enhance and support the company’s strategic plan for growth through acquisition and development opportunities in affordable and mixed-income housing.

  • Make impactful contributions to analysis that will inform the firm’s investment decisions.

  • Contribute on all phases of a deal and understanding of a project from sourcing through stabilization.

  • Compile due diligence information including financial, market, site, and regulatory data.

  • Order and review third-party reports, including plan and cost reviews and environmental reports, highlighting key issues with relevant internal and external stakeholders for clarity and refinement.

  • Analyze and compare complex partnership agreements and cash flow waterfalls.

  • Coordinate and assist on presentations for community meetings and governmental approvals.

  • Manage and control project pro forma analysis including budgets, schedule, timing, and underwriting assumptions.

  • Complete applications and documentation necessary for debt and equity financing, project requisitions, property purchase and sale, and government subsidy renewal.

  • Support detailed analyses of project schedule delays, cost overruns, productivity, contracts, change orders and other issues related to design and construction.

  • Actively participate in contract negotiation and review of legal documentation for each project.

  • Validate and defend budgets, assumptions, and pro-forma analysis.

  • Build, coordinate, and lead internal team members and external consultants through conceptual design and entitlements leading to construction documents.

  • Coordinate with appropriate personnel including team analysts, clerical support, and others.

  • Perform, coordinate, and lead pre-development work such as preliminary architectural and engineering issues, zoning issues, local government, and community support.

  • Prepare investment packages for senior-level review.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field, advanced degree preferred.

  • Professional experience in real estate development and/or construction, preferably multifamily.

  • LIHTC and Section 8 development experience highly preferred.

  • Strong quantitative, financial analysis and modeling (excel) skills.

  • Exceptional research and writing abilities.

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong project management skills and follow-through.

  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize appropriately in a constantly changing environment and act with a sense of urgency and accountability.

  • Highly driven and values entrepreneurialism; works well within ambiguity.

  • Exceptional attention to detail.

  • Sound judgment.

  • Some travel required.


Why Work at Fairstead?

Fairstead is a real estate owner/operator that has rapidly expanded since its inception in 2014 with three offices across the country and a portfolio that spans 15 states. Come to Fairstead for the opportunity to impact real change and drive decision making from the ground up. Join our team in this growth inspired role to accelerate your career in a fast-growing, energized organization.


  • Competitive salary, along with full benefits: 401(k) company matching, medical, dental, vision

  • Wellness programs to promote employee health and self-care

  • Generous holiday and vacation policy