A.CRE Accelerator Reviews

★★★★★

Upon completing the 16-course Accelerator curriculum, A.CRE Accelerator graduates are provided an opportunity to share a review of their Accelerator experience and self-report on how much their real estate financial modeling skills improved as a result of the program. In this post, we summarize the results of that post-Accelerator survey.

First, we’ll share the candid Accelerator Reviews. These reviews come in response to a question about their overall experience. Then, we’ll share the results of our survey related to proficiency, before and after taking the Accelerator.

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Accelerator Reviews from Graduates

The following reviews came in response to the question: How would you describe your experience in the A.CRE Accelerator? Individuals who provided an anonymous review are titled as simply ‘Accelerator Graduate’ below.

“I really enjoyed the A.CRE Accelerator. It is comprehensive and the videos are thorough and extremely helpful. Even though I have previous experience in Real Estate Modeling I learned a lot and definitely think this is the best training course I have done.”

“I am CERTAIN that the Accelerator has given me the tools and information necessary for my transition into commercial real estate. Your hard work has positively impacted my life and the lives of others. Keep up the great work!”

“I enjoyed the program and advanced my proficiency in RE modeling.”

“Really blown away at the precision and expertise. Issues were addressed within minutes and the materials worked seamlessly.”

“The detailed courses and videos really helped to deep dive into subjects.”

“This was a fantastic and thorough course. I feel like I got what I paid for. Practical knowledge, and great teachers.”

“Thanks for your knowledge! I can sense your passion for the business, and it’s helped me a ton with analyzing land deals/new development projects.”

“It was fantastic. I don’t know if y’all can see the ratings from above, but I would say I came in at a 3 and left at 6. This is also my first time through the Accelerator, and I anticipate practicing again and again until I would say that I am an 7-8. I would recommend this course to anyone without hesitation. Excellent job.”

“This program was a lot of fun. The case study approach felt like I was actually working at a REPE or dev shop. And of course, Spencer and Michael explained every concept clearly and effectively — anything from Excel shortcuts to complex topics like equity waterfalls and debt. I’ll review certain sections a second time and recreate the models just for fun (and for extra practice) in the near future!”

“Great experience. By far the best real estate modeling course out there.”

“I prefer to learn things in a step by step manner, starting with the basics and building upon them. That is exactly what the Accelerator was able to do for me; it broke down each of the concepts in a digestible way and challenged me to apply them in the case study examples. I am starting an Analyst position at a REPE firm in January 2020 and the Accelerator not only gave me the modeling confidence to land the job but it put me in a position to hit the ground running on day one and model with confidence.”

“Seamless and easy to follow with great takeaways that allow me to build my own models with very few questions left unanswered.”

“Best online course I’ve had so far – lecturer explained concepts in great detail and in a step-by-step manner, catering to an audience who may have no previous industry knowledge.”

“A great challenge. Real applicable concepts and with great examples.”

“Fun experience.”

“Valuable, extremely relevant to my career path, enjoyable, fun. This course was key in helping me ace my technical interview and land the job I wanted.”

“I am a fan of your Adventures in CRE. It’s a great resource and your Acquisitions model is the best I have found. I’ve used it to underwrite a large number of properties and close a few neighborhood apartment deals. So thank you!”

“Extremely helpful .”

“Unbelievable. 10/10 would and have recommended”

“Thanks for all you have done on A.CRE. It has been a great resource for me. I work for a relatively small investment/management company which means I have had to do a lot of self teaching. Your website has been instrumental in my learning process.”

“Great learning experience. I fell off at the end due to the self paced class experience, but it definitely exposed me to some different techniques.”

“It was challenging, which made it exciting to learn about real estate financial modelling.”

“My experience in the A.CRE Accelerator was fantastic. Not only did I learn all of the necessary mechanics for Real Estate Financial Modeling, but I also got a deep understanding of all the necessary components and picked up a ton of industry tips along the way. The difficulty of the Accelerator was sufficiently serious to ensure that the learnings were legit, but it was also flexible enough to allow me to breeze through things I was comfortable with and really slow down for things I wasn’t.”

“Excellent. Helped me obtain a more lucrative job.”

“Great! I learned more than I imagined I would.”

“Excellent, very good program. Long term lease section- confusing and seems needlessly tedious.”

“The best and most comprehensive way to learn REF modeling that I have come across. This program made all concepts simple to learn yet allowed me to grasp and build on complex concepts.”

“Very positive.”

“Great. Learned a lot. Not just about modeling, but RE and its asset classes too.”

“Excellent, your entire platform is very well done.”

“It was a great experience. I learned a lot about RE financial modeling and the RE industry in general and will continue to build on what I have learned in order to master the RE industry.”

“Extremely helpful. In retrospect I would’ve done the course in less time but my personal schedule didn’t allow. It’s great that I’m allowed access for a full year which will give me the opportunity to go back through & improve my learning.”

“Wonderful – grateful to have found the course.”

“It was challenging, which made it exciting to learn about real estate financial modelling.”

“Informative, structured and helpful.”

“Fantastic, the dashboard is a little intimidating at times but the courses themselves are very helpful and engaging.”

“Great experience. Learned a lot.”

“I thought it was great, very well rounded and the videos were very easy to follow.”

“Great program. Really need to go do it again more slowly to truly learn the material though. It is the most targeted, effective real estate financial modeling course I have found. Wish the price we pay gave us access for more than a year though, I am also completing breaking into wall street’s real estate modeling course which is likely a bit more rigorous from a pure finance perspective and explaining WHY certain calculations are what they are but not as good in terms of real estate specific industry standards (it is really more investment banking focused) thus does not have the same direct carry over to my job that this course does. I would like the opportunity to finish the BIWS course to really understand what is happening when I am calculating all of these cashflows and then come back and be able to apply that knowledge to this course by being able to take it again. I may be able to do that but would feel more confident in my timeline if this course had lifetime access.”

“Fundamental Basic well and explicit explained…Thanks a lot!.”

“Great content which is easily digestible and very hands on ito following.”

“Great experience. Very thorough, with plenty of detail, but also moved a nice, quick pace in order to push through.”

“My experience with the A.CRE Accelerator was remarkable. The courses are very well explained and have a wealth of knowledge throughout. I was impressed with the information provided and how well structured the course was. I would recommend this course to anyone who is at the beginner or intermediate level to hone their modeling skills. Even though I had taken a few RE modeling classes in graduate school, I found the structure of this course clearer, cleaner and more logical.”

“Very informative and a great learning experience.”

“Seamless and easy to follow with great takeaways that allow me to build my own models with very few questions left unanswered. ”

“Good – Will need to do the whole course a second time at least, need more experience and practice.”

“A.CRE has been great. I’ve been taking several modeling courses in my own time and this is by far the most comprehensive.”

“I thought it was extremely helpful and very applicable to the real world. Both Spencer and Michael are great teachers and do an excellent job explaining the fundamentals and concepts of real estate modeling. I’m grateful that I found this course and I can’t thank Spencer and Michael enough for putting this course together!”

“Very informative and learnt very relevant material.”

“The course was very easy to follow and the broke down the concepts into manageable pieces.”

“Thought this was a good overview for novice real estate analysts.”

“The experience was great. The course is perfect for those with an understanding of RE fundamentals and basic excel skills. I really enjoyed the thoroughness and layout of the course, building on each topic as you progress.”

“Unbelievable. 10/10 would and have recommended.”

“I thought that this was a very good approach to providing this education; however, I there were inconsistencies between videos in some lessons (tho they had already been noted in the comments, just not yet corrected in the videos); but on the whole this was very positive.”

“It was a great experience. Unfortunately, I could not take my time going through the courses as I was interviewing with a top developer and needed to be as proficient as possible before my modeling test.”

“Fantastic, the dashboard is a little intimidating at times but the courses themselves are very helpful and engaging.”

“I liked it, I wish it got even more advanced and we got to build a few more models.”

“Beginning was slow. Went from Excel level 3 to 7 (1-10 scale).”

“Lots of great exposure to excel in the RE modeling context. Still need repetition to internalize all the concepts.”

“Interesting, as it show me another way to model and structure the cash flow.”

“I decided to take the Accelerator because my Master in RE did not prepare me for a career in building models and navigating excel. This program has been incredibly valuable to me. Michael and Spencer, thank you for providing such a quality product!”

“Great learning experience. I fell off at the end due to the self paced class experience but It definitely exposed me to some different techniques/”

“Smooth progression provided a good foundation to build on the skills gained in earlier lessons.”

“Really valuable particularly with layouts and the setup.”

“This program was a lot of fun. The case study approach felt like I was actually working at a REPE or dev shop. And of course, Spencer and Michael explained every concept clearly and effectively — anything from Excel shortcuts to complex topics like equity waterfalls and debt. I’ll review certain sections a second time and recreate the models just for fun (and for extra practice) in the near future!”

“Great programme, some fantastic tips and very efficient way of improving existing financial modelling skills”

“I thought it was great, very well rounded and the videos were very easy to follow. ”

“I really enjoyed the A.CRE Accelerator. It is comprehensive and the videos are thorough and extremely helpful. Even though I have previous experience in Real Estate Modeling I learned a lot and definitely think this is the best training course I have done. ”

“It was good content that was explained well. Repetition is key.”

“Wonderful – greatful to have found the course”

“Extremely helpful. In retrospect, I would’ve done the course in less time but my personal schedule didn’t allow. It’s great that I’m allowed access for a full year which will give me the opportunity to go back through & improve my learning. ”

“It was a great experience. I learned a lot about RE financial modeling and the RE industry in general and will continue to build on what I have learned in order to master the RE industry.”

“Excellent. Helped me obtain a more lucrative job.”

“The best and most comprehensive way to learn REF modeling that I have come across. This program made all concepts simple to learn yet allowed me to grasp and build on complex concepts.”

“It was fantastic. This is also my first time through the Accerlator, and I anticipate practicing again and again. I would recommend this course to anyone without hesitation. Excellent job.”

“My experience in the A.CRE Accelerator was fantastic. Not only did I learn all of the necessary mechanics for Real Estate Financial Modeling, but I also got a deep understanding of all the necessary components and picked up a ton of industry tips along the way. The difficulty of the Accelerator was sufficiently serious to ensure that the learnings were legit, but it was also flexible enough to allow me to breeze through things I was comfortable with and really slow down for things I wasn’t. ”

“It was a very helpful course and made it easy to understand for a beginner like myself.”

“Wonderful! I loved learning all the concepts as I wasn’t a finance major.”

“It was great. I really feel like I understand the concepts. I don’t have every formula memorized because it would take me 2-3 times with each class to do that”

“A very positive experience. Watching the watch-me build videos at my own pace along with repetitive practice helped me improve my financial modeling skills drastically. Instructors were both knowledgeable and practical and easy to follow along to. ”

“Underpin what I’ve already known and make what I’ve known well-organized; find out what I don’t know or have questions on or don’t have efficient solution on and give me the answers or solutions. Really a great addition and reinforcement to my financial modeling knowledge base.”

“This was a fantastic learning experience that I would absolutely recommend to anyone interested in RE financial modeling!”

“Incredibly helpful! Even though I had a background in modeling and excel, I appreciated how you started from the very beginning and built up knowledge throughout. Also very helpful how you assumed no real estate knowledge and taught things like NOI and cap rates from the beginning..”

“The A.CRE Accelerator was a fantastic albeit challenging and rigorous program. I appreciated that it thoroughly explained each step in each process in addition to explaining real estate concepts and terminology to new entrants to the industry. The platform is also fantastic and optimized for virtual learning and self-paced learning. The course forum is a thoughtful addition to learn through other professionals taking the program and gain further insight from the team on areas where I needed more clarity. I was impressed by how responsive and thorough the team is when answering questions. Incredibly thankful for this program and the accessible price point. I also appreciate the immense library of additional materials available on A.CRE so that I can continue to learn and advance in my newly acquired real estate financial modeling skill-set! A.CRE made a topic that could easily have been painful really fun and enjoyable.”

“I really enjoyed the case studies and “real-life” applicable scenarios. I had previously completed the REFM Model for Success and found that it was much broader and did not have a case-based curriculum, which I thought was a great component of the A.CRE Accelerator.”

“Loved it! The way it was structured with module numbers and lecture numbers made it feel like a game. ”

“An amazing introduction to the world of real estate financial modeling. I don’t think that my skills are at the level where I will be able to be competitive interviewing for an associate-level position however I now understand the basics needed to really begin to build my technical niche in the industry.”

“A.CRE was very thorough and easy to follow. All links were helpful to understand definition and rationale for completing an analysis.”

“Fantastic experience for just the right value to cost.”

“Much better than expected, especially considering that the course has tackled a problem that I have been struggling at work, which is to automatically calculate the promote for GP/LP given a predetermined hurdle rate. Also, as someone who currently works with 100% industrial real estate deals, I appreciate that the CRE Team has provided introductory courses regarding different asset classes, and explained how a model in one industry can be different from another.”

“It was great, really easy to follow and understand high level concepts.”

“Very helpful. In-depth real-life examples that will certainly help translate to my line of work.”

“It was great, I really feel like I’m much more marketable to real estate companies and I feel with a few more years of real estate experience I could start running personal deals relatively comfortably.”

A.CRE Accelerator Graduate Progress Report

In addition to providing a candid review of their experience, Graduates share their proficiency level modeling real estate before and after taking the program. The results are illustrated below from the 367 individuals that shared their progress.

Graduates are first asked: When you started the Accelerator, at what level was your real estate financial modeling proficiency? 1 being a complete beginner and 10 a complete expert. 

The average Accelerator Graduate rated their beginning proficiency at a three (3).

The average Accelerator Graduate reported a proficiency of three (3) prior to taking the program.

Graduates are then asked: On a scale from 1 to 10, how would you rate your real estate financial modeling proficiency after completing the Accelerator? 

The average Accelerator Graduate rated their ending proficiency at an eight (8). A near 2x improvement in their overall proficiency.

The average Accelerator Graduate rated their ending proficiency at an eight (8). A near 2x improvement in their overall proficiency.