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Real Estate Finance Master's Degree, Hong Kong, China

I will be graduating in June (2018) from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a BSc Degree in Surveying. The principle reason why I chose to study in this area is because I am convinced that it is excellent preparation for a career in Real Estate.

Your Program in Real Estate Finance at XXXX University is my first choice for graduate study for a variety of reasons, mostly the sheer excellence of your program. In recent years, there has been an increasing demand in Hong Kong and China for real estate professionals with a background in finance. Valuation has amplified beyond property valuation to business valuation. With the cutting-edge training that I would acquire as a Master’s Student in Real Estate Finance at XXXX, I feel strongly that I will be able to make my maximum, sustainable contribution to global society. My principle focus is on China’s Greater Bay Area, Macau as well as Hong Kong along with the mainland cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Huizhou, Jiangmen, and Zhoqing – all forming an integrated economic and business commonwealth and hub for international commerce.

Increasingly in Hong Kong, property transactions are taking place as part of company stock exchanges, rather than simple property transfers. Since 2008, when property prices skyrocketed in Hong Kong, every year, experts believed that the value of property in general would fall that year, and it still has not happened. I am keenly interested in further study into prospects and likelihoods for Hong Kong real estate prices to hit a threshold. Companies across different sectors are beginning to put more emphasis on real estate during their IPO or M&A processes; and beginning to realize that real estate strategy plays a vital role in the generation of profits. Property prices, especially for residential properties, are among the highest in the world in Hong Kong and the number of transactions has been falling, suggesting that prices are simply out of reach for most potential investors.

My long-term goal is to become a major player in China’s Greater Bay Area in the field of Real Estate Finance. I plan to devote my professional life to the cultivation of my niche in the area of Real Estate Finance at the service of the Greater Bay Area. While traditional real estate consultancy firms provide a wide range of services, I plan to seek special excellence in the area of finance through exclusive service to this aspect of the real estate industry. I see great potential for this fundamental service, especially with respect to the Greater Bay Area.

My undergraduate studies in Surveying have allowed be to gain deep insight into the real estate industry and I had a chance to develop my skills in a variety of real-estate-related areas in addition to property valuation. My thesis for my Bachelor’s Degree, for example, focused on the relationship between property price and urban renewal projects. I feel strongly that my academic and professional training so far will enable me to hit the ground running and excel in Real Estate Finance at Cambridge. With property valuation becoming more business orientated locally and nationally, I believe that having extra professional knowledge on real estate finance will benefit me throughout my career as a real estate professional.

I have worked for XXXX, one of Hong Kong’s largest real estate firms, as a summer intern in 2015, gaining invaluable experience in performing property valuations for Mainland Chinese clients such as Evergrande, one of the biggest property developers in China. I have also worked in the public sector as a summer intern in 2016 for Hong Kong’s Rating and Valuation Department. There, I learned a great deal about how the rating system works in Hong Kong and the differences in valuation between public and private sectors.

During my first year of undergraduate studies, I started up the Esports Society at my university alongside several friends. Collecting over 1800 signatures (10% of the students) from students in my university for the formation of the society greatly enhanced my interpersonal skills. Leading the society in hosting multiple tournaments and setting up multiple meetings within and outside of the society allowed me to become a proficient leader. I have great passion in taking a leadership role and I believe that Real Estate Finance at the University of XXXX can help to accelerate my plans still further for the foreseeable future.

I have served as a volunteer with the Urban Renewal Authority, helping to develop and implement our Community Service Partnership Scheme (2015/16). I found great joy in this position helping to improve the living quality of many families in need in Hong Kong. 2017 was my finest year so far as a student, since I was most honored and pleased to serve as Research Assistant at my University, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

I thank you for considering my application to Real Estate Finance at XXXX University.

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