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Before starting the A.CRE Accelerator, it is essential that you first take this ‘Guide to Getting Started’.

In this Guide, the A.CRE Accelerator instructors start by providing you an overview of how to navigate the platform.

They then introduce the Accelerator, offer a bit of history behind it, and share what the Accelerator seeks to accomplish. You also learn about the teaching methodology used in the program, as well as how you can leverage the existing resources on www.AdventuresinCRE.com to further enrich your Accelerator experience.

Next, the instructors get into what to expect in the weeks to come. You learn what topics will be covered, in what order and when. You are introduced to the instructor-student forum, shown how it works, and given guidelines and best practices to follow. The instructors will also discuss what you will need to do to ultimately receive the Accelerator Certificate of Completion.

The instructors finish the Guide by laying out the recommended baseline of knowledge in Excel, finance, and real estate you should possess before getting too far into the Accelerator curriculum. If you are weak in one area or another, the instructors then offer resources to help you get better prepared for the increasingly advanced materials that come later in the program.


  • This course was built using the Google Chrome browser, thus we recommend you use Google Chrome for optimal view experience
  • This course is best taken on a desktop computer, although the platform is compatible with tablet and mobile devices


  • Using the Accelerator Platform
  • Introduction to the A.CRE Accelerator
  • The Accelerator, a Step-By-Step Program to Real Estate Financial Modeling Proficiency
  • Prerequisites – What You Need to Know to Succeed
  • It’s Time to Accelerate


User Avatar The A.CRE Team

Spencer and Michael started Adventures in CRE in their first year of graduate school. Since that time, the two have written over 350 in-depth articles on real estate financial modeling, careers, and education options; built and shared over 60 institutional-quality real estate financials models; developed an extensive glossary of real estate terms, recorded over 100 tutorial videos, and created the most comprehensive real estate financial modeling training program available.
Spencer Burton is currently President and member of the founding team at Stablewood, a data-infused multi-strategy institutional real estate investor that combines the best of traditional real estate investment with proprietary data analytics and machine learning. Spencer has over 20 years of real estate experience, both as a fiduciary and principal. Over his career, Spencer has helped close $5+ billion and underwrite $30+ billion of commercial real estate at some of the largest institutional real estate firms in the world. He has worked in land brokerage, residential development, commercial real estate acquisitions, debt production, and Investment Manager for a $60 billion institutional real estate investor. Spencer is also the co-creator of AdventuresinCRE.com, the industry’s go-to place for commercial real estate financial modeling, education, and career advancement resources. He is also the author of various AI-powered CRE tools and an expert on the practical application of generative AI in commercial real estate. Spencer Burton holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs with an emphasis in economics from Florida State University and a Masters in Real Estate with a concentration in finance from Cornell University.
Michael Belasco has over eight years of real estate and construction experience. He currently works for a global real estate investment, development, and asset management firm in San Francisco managing large scale development projects in the city. Michael has both an MBA and Master in Real Estate with a concentration in Real Estate Finance from Cornell University.