Since starting A.CRE, Michael and I have 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 topics in our blog, published hours of video, and shared 50+ real estate Excel models in our Library. Nonetheless, no matter how many posts we publish or models we share, we continue to get the same questions. What does it take to become fully proficient? What do I focus on and in what order?
So about a year ago we set out to provide a solution, and today we’re excited to share it with you – The A.CRE Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator. The Accelerator is a series of 16 case-based courses, with all new content exclusive to Accelerator members, that prioritizes the right information in the ideal order.
What is the Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator?
The Accelerator is a reasonably priced, 16 course, case-based and on-demand training program tailored to two proficiency levels.
To those with limited real estate financial modeling skills looking to model their own deals, transition to a completely different role in CRE, or land their first job in industry.
And to those with intermediate modeling skills but gaps in their knowledge (e.g. lacking institutional modeling experience, certain property type expertise, etc.).
Furthermore, going forward we intend to add increasingly more advanced modules to the program. These modules will allow you to pursue greater property type, job role, or investment type specialization.
Accelerator – More Than Just Real Estate Financial Modeling Courses
When we started, what we didn’t want to end up with was a typical online real estate financial modeling course. We’ve all taken them and while they are a piece of the puzzle, they lack the sort of true-to-life application that leads one to true proficiency.
On top of that, Michael and I have already covered virtually every concept on our blog. Thus, creating a compilation of our 200+ posts may have been a profitable exercise, but it wouldn’t have created the value we would have wanted when we were at the early stage of our professional development.
And so we’ve set out to develop something different. An Accelerator.
Accelerator (noun): “a person or thing that causes something to happen or develop more quickly.”
An accelerator is meant to help someone who’s already on their way to get to their destination faster and more efficiently. Think of it as a toll road (or express lane) for real estate financial modeling learning.
You could read all 200 of our blog posts, take apart all 50 of our real estate models, and eventually you’d get there. Or you could cut to the chase, spend 8 to 12 solid weeks with the A.CRE Accelerator, and get there much faster.
In short, the goal of the Accelerator is to bring laser-focus to the process. To teach you the right information in the right order. To help you learn to model real estate in a fraction of the time without wasting energy on irrelevant information.
A Real-World Curriculum
Michael and I believe that you don’t truly learn real estate financial modeling until you actually do it in the real world.
The challenge is, most employers expect you to already have the skills before they interview you. And since most schools only teach the theoretical and the online courses are lacking in depth and applicability, most of us are left to our own devices to learn.
To accelerate the learning process, we’ve developed a case-based curriculum that focuses on what really goes on out here.
In our combined 25 years in real estate, we’ve modeled hundreds of institutional deals worth $20+ billion; saying nothing of the thousands of hours spent on A.CRE projects. We’ve worked carefully to create course content that parallels the realities of the industry.
For example, many of the hypothetical deals used in the Accelerator come from our hypothetical brokerage firm – East Lang Ellis.
For many of the case studies, this hypothetical firm shares a link to a deal War Room where you’ll find realistic looking offering (or financing) memoranda, operating statements, rent rolls, and other deal-specific documents.
Furthermore, the cases use real-to-life jargon, processes, and examples so that you learn real estate financial modeling as if an actual boss was giving you real deals to underwrite.
Modern, Easy-to-Navigate, Proprietary Interface
Besides developing true-to-life content, having a learning interface that was attractive, easy-to-navigate, and housed within our Adventures in CRE site was essential. This piece took some time to come together, and we continue to make regular improvements based on feedback from Accelerator members. But thanks to a couple of people far more technically capable than we are, we have a learning platform we’re really excited about.
About the Author: Born and raised in the Northwest United States, Spencer Burton has over 15 years of real estate investment and development experience. In his current position, Spencer assesses new acquisition, development, and debt opportunities for a $45bn real estate fund. He resides in Dallas, TX.