Entries by Spencer Burton

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Watch Me Build a 3-Tier Real Estate Equity Waterfall Model (Updated August 2019)

As I’ve mentioned in other Watch Me Build posts, one way to become a better real estate financial modeling professional, is to watch other professionals model. Thus, the more exposure you can get to other’s methods, the more adept a real estate professional you will become. This is especially the case with modeling real estate […]

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Real Estate Equity Waterfall Model With Cash-on-Cash Return Hurdle (Updated 8.19.2019)

Over the years, Michael and I have built and shared numerous real estate equity waterfall models, all multi-tiered and most with internal rate of return (IRR) hurdles. And as our readers have downloaded those models, I’ve received dozens of requests for an equity waterfall model with a simpler partnership structure. This model seeks to be an […]

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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Updated August 2019)

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. Important Note: We’re updating and adding to the Accelerator every week. Since launch, we’ve made dozens of content updates, added a bonus/optional Advanced Concepts in Real Estate Financial Modeling course, responded […]

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A.CRE Value-Add Apartment Acquisition Model (Updated 8.14.19)

We’ve shared a handful of apartment models over the years. Several of those are capable of analyzing apartment acquisitions (e.g. All-in-One, Apartment Valuation Model), but none was built for the express purpose of modeling value-add apartment deals. As a result, each has its limitations in value-add scenarios. So today, I’m excited to share a new […]

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Auto-Populate Latitude and Longitude in Excel (Updated 2019)

When analyzing real estate investments in Excel, it’s often necessary to include the latitude and longitude coordinates of the properties we’re modeling. To do this, most of us open up Google Maps, or some other mapping tool, and find the coordinates that way. Others use a latitude/longitude lookup tool such as latlong.net to find what they need. IMPORTANT: Having trouble getting […]

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A.CRE Apartment Development Model (Updated 8.10.2019)

For several years now, our library of real estate models has been lacking a robust ground-up apartment development model. Sure, our All-in-One (Ai1) model has the capability to model multifamily development deals, but it’s more a generalist tool than a specialized one. As a result, I’ve found it wanting when used to model developments. Update: I’m excited […]

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Construction Draw and Interest Calculation Model (Updated 8.20.2019)

I originally uploaded this equity/construction loan draw and interest calculation tool to our library of real estate financial analysis models in 2016. Over the years, I’ve continued to update it as suggestions, comments, and requests flowed in from our readers. The model is meant to be used to forecasting construction budget cash flows (uses), and then model […]

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Single Family Residential Investment Analysis Model (Updated 7.20.2019)

Pre-2008, I bought and sold my fair share of single family homes – both for investment purposes (rental or flips) and to live in. In those days, almost everyone was “investing” in residential real estate – hence the market crash. I personally don’t have any plans to get back into buying and selling homes, beyond […]

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Tutorials for A.CRE Value-Add Apartment Acquisition Model

As promised, I’m following up the release of the A.CRE Value-Add Apartment Acquisition model with a series of walk-throughs and tutorials to help you better understand the various elements of the model. The tutorials start with the basics – a guide to getting started, and then get progressively more advanced. If you’ve already visited the […]

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Bite-Sized CRE Lessons – A.CRE 30 Second Video Tutorials

As we continue to build out our A.CRE 101 series and our Glossary of Commercial Real Estate terms, we’ve started to supplement these initiatives with short (<30 second) video clips on how to do various CRE calculations and modeling tasks in Excel. You can think of these 30 second tutorials as bite-sized lessons in real […]

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Residential Land Development Pro Forma (Updated 6.28.2019)

As many of you know, I started my career in residential land development first as a broker and later as a principal. During that time I built my fair share of residential land development Excel pro formas, modeling returns and forecasting cash flows for my clients and investor partners. I’ve since transitioned into the institutional side […]