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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Updated Jul 2022)

Prior to launching the Accelerator program, Michael and I fielded email after email requesting a more structured real estate financial modeling training program on the site. Over the years, we've covered hundreds of real estate modeling…
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The A.CRE Method For Doing Cap Rate Mental Math – Practice Tool

At the bottom of this post is a downloadable practice tool for the A.CRE Method for doing cap rate mental math. The tool will generate an endless number of random cap rates and NOIs to practice with and will walk you step by step through how…
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All-in-One (Ai1) Walkthrough #10 – Underwriting a Value-Add Office Investment

This walkthrough, our tenth in the series, takes you through the entire process of underwriting a hypothetical office value-add opportunity using the All-in-One (Ai1) Model. This walkthrough comes as a response to a question we recently received…
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Why I Chose a Masters in Real Estate over an MBA

Going back to graduate school is a huge commitment. First there's the admissions process, which means spending hours and hours studying for the GMAT or GRE, filling out lengthy admissions applications, writing dozens of mindless essays, preparing…
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A.CRE 101: How To Use The Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) Method To Value Income Producing Property

The Discounted Cash Flow Method is a method to value a project by taking all future projected cash flows of the project and discounting them back to time zero (date of purchase) using a predetermined discount rate (the discount rate when used…
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Book Review: Am I Being Too Subtle by Sam Zell

Why I liked “Am I Being Too Subtle" This is a real estate book through and through and I had a great time reading it. Sam Zell had a long list of stories ranging from his trip to the spectacular Tepuis mountains (Google them if you’re…
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Real Estate Salary and Benefits (United States 2017)

Several years ago, we published a careers in real estate series where we discussed the various job sectors, business fields, and job functions that exist in the real estate industry. Additionally, we broke down compensation in real estate (salary…
Spencer Burton with Michael Belasco at the Boardwalk Granite Park, Plano TX
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The Latest Adventures in CRE Initiatives

As has been our habit since starting Adventures in CRE a few years back, we try to keep our readers updated on our progress and direction. Many of you have been with us since the start and we've personally communicated with hundreds of you.…
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3 Tiered Waterfall Module Added to the Condo Development Model

After receiving a few requests, I've finally gotten around to adding an equity waterfall module to the Condominium Development Model. This module allows you to model partnership splits up to three tiers using either equity multiple hurdles or…
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All-in-One (Ai1) Walkthrough #9 – Print Mode and the IRR Matrix Report

This walkthrough, our ninth in the series, touches on the newly added (beta v0.5.3) 'Print Mode' and IRR Matrix Report in our All-in-One (Ai1) model. Print mode further enhances the printability of the model while the IRR Matrix Report adds…
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Book Review: Triumph of The City

Why I liked “Triumph of The City" The central theme of this book focuses on cities and their ability to improve the way we live. Although the author made numerous interesting and compelling arguments, I found his writing style a…
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All-in-One (Ai1) Walkthrough #8 – Tenancy Analysis Report for Office, Retail, and Industrial

This walkthrough, our eight in the series, explains how the Tenancy Analysis report for office, retail, and industrial real estate underwriting works in our All-in-One (Ai1) model. The Tenancy Analysis report includes a tenant rollover schedule,…
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Book Review: Superforecasting – The Art and Science of Prediction

Why I liked “Superforecasting - The Art and Science of Prediction” I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to everyone in the real estate industry (particularly developers who would benefit significantly from being…
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Columbia Business School – Columbia University – MBA Real Estate Profile

When I started the MBA program at Columbia Business School in 2015, I was a prospective career-switcher. My work experience was in institutional investment consulting and private equity, but I wanted to change gears and pursue a career in…
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How to Use Debt Yield to Calculate Loan Amount

In our glossary of commercial real estate terms, we recently answered the question: what is debt yield? As a follow up to that entry, I thought I’d expand on the concept of debt yield by showing you how lenders use debt yield to come up with…
questions and answers related to the all-in-one model for underwriting real estate investments
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New Support Forum for the All-in-One (Ai1) Underwriting Model

Since releasing the first beta version of the All-in-One Underwriting Model, we've fielded hundreds of emails related to the model. Inquiries range from questions to feature requests to thank yous. We welcome the chance to interact with our…