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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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Watch Me Expand the Home Construction Pro Forma

I'm regularly asked to expand my single family home construction pro forma to analyze the construction of more than one home. I've contemplated adding that functionality to the model, but it is such a custom task that no template could really…
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The A.CRE Undergraduate Real Estate Series

Spencer and I are excited to introduce the A.CRE Undergraduate Real Estate Series. Much like our series on top MBA in Real Estate and Masters in Real Estate programs, this series on Real Estate Undergraduate programs will provide our readers…
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Using the Cash-on-Cash Return in Real Estate Investment Analysis

I’ve fielded a handful of Cash-on-Cash (CoC) return questions of late. So, I thought it would be worthwhile to write a post on what the Cash-on-Cash return metric tells me about a potential real estate investment. This article is a primer,…
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Analyzing a Real Estate Investment from the Perspective of an LP

We received a question from an A.CRE reader this week that I thought warranted a thorough response. The question was, and I paraphrase, "I am an LP looking for models to help vet syndication deals. Do you have any models that can be used…
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All-in-One (Ai1) Walkthrough #1 – Permanent Debt Tab (Updated Nov 2019)

In an effort to provide greater instruction on how to use our All-in-One Underwriting Tool for Real Estate Development and Acquisition, we've developed a series of walkthrough videos and posts on the methodology behind the various components…
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Using Conditional Formatting in Real Estate Financial Modeling

Your real estate financial models are only as good as their ability to be used by others. Or in other words, if others can't figure out how to use your model, it isn't worth much! So when building real estate financial model templates, besides…
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How to Prepare for the Real Estate Technical Interview

So you've made it past the HR screening interview. You have the education and experience the company is looking for, but now they want to be sure you possess the real estate financial modeling skills necessary to do the job. They've asked…

Preferred Return – Simple Interest vs. Compound Interest

A concept common to real estate partnership structures, preferred return refers to the preference given to a certain class of equity partners when distributing available cash flow. The preferred return is generally calculated as either a percentage…
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Adventuring into the World of CRE – S1E1

  Welcome to the Adventures in CRE Audio Series! In the first episode of the series, we talk with the creators of the Adventures in CRE website, Spencer Burton and Michael Belasco. We discuss the site’s inception, evolution,…
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Choosing Your CRE Career Path – S1E2

 Welcome to Episode 2 of the A.CRE Audio Series. In this episode, we chat once again with the creators Adventures in CRE, Spencer Burton and Michael Belasco, on the topics of how to launch your career in commercial real…
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Anatomy of a Real Estate Model – S1E3

Welcome to Episode 3 of the A.CRE Audio Series! In this episode, we speak once again with the creators of the Adventures in CRE website, Spencer Burton and Michael Belasco. Today we are going through the thought process and…
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Advancing Your Career with an MBA Part I – S1E4

In this episode, Michael Belasco, Spencer Burton, and host, Sam Carlson are joined by Jim Spaeth, the Executive Director of the Lenard W. Woods Center for Real Estate Studies at University of North Carolina. The four discuss…
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Advancing Your Career with an MBA Part II – S1E5

In this episode, Michael Belasco, Spencer Burton, and host, Sam Carlson continue their conversation with Jim Spaeth, the Executive Director of the Leonard W. Woods Center for Real Estate Studies at University of North Carolina. About…
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Finding and Landing the CRE Job You Want – S1E6

In this episode, Michael Belasco, Spencer Burton, and host, Sam Carlson have a conversation with Alex Barake, a Senior Talent Acquisition Manager at a top tier international real estate firm. Alex provides our readers with…