Entries by Michael Belasco

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Deep Dive: Understanding Acquisitions: The Letter of Intent (LOI)

The Letter of Intent – Legal Issues The letter of intent is a critical document that is written up at the beginning of a potential real estate transaction between either a prospective buyer and seller or a prospective tenant and landlord. The LOI contains preliminary understandings between both parties about major points of interest and concerns […]

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A.CRE Hotel Valuation Model in Excel (Updated 01.03.19)

I am excited to introduce our new Hotel Valuation (Acquisition) Model to underwrite both stabilized and value-add hotel opportunities. This hotel pro forma is designed to allow users to do everything from a quick back of the envelope exercise to a fulsome and detailed underwriting exercise in which the user can get into the weeds […]

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Hotel Proforma Basics – Hotel Cash Flow Projection

Hotels are a unique asset in the commercial real estate world and are underwritten differently as a result. Probably the most obvious difference is the duration of the ‘lease term’ of the tenant, which is usually daily to weekly. Another major difference is that hotels are more operating intensive and typically contain other complimentary services […]

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Back-of-the-Envelope Office, Retail, Industrial Acquisition Model (Updated 10.1.2018)

I’ve built a new acquisition model that I am excited to share with our readers. This is a back-of-the-envelope (BOE) valuation model that can be used for retail, office, and industrial properties. The goal was to create a sleek and clean look to the model that would enable a third party to easily understand what […]

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30/360, Actual/365, and Actual/360 – How Lenders Calculate Interest on CRE Loans – Some Important Insights

Commercial real estate lenders commonly calculate loans in three ways: 30/360, Actual/365 (aka 365/365), and Actual/360 (aka 365/360). Real estate professionals should be aware of these methods if they want to understand the real interest rate as well as the total amount of interest being paid over the term of a loan. This post will go over how these calculations […]

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Watch Me Build: Construction Draw Schedule

The video below and corresponding downloadable templates will walk you through how to build a basic construction draw schedule. Basic Construction Financing & Draw schedules: A Conceptual Overview A standard draw schedule with a basic capital stack of debt and equity works as follows: The development budget is created and projected out over the anticipated […]

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Development Draw Schedule – Visually Customize Each Line Item

Working a lot with development draw schedules, I have always been looking for a catch all solution as to how one could easily model all the unique ways cash actually flows over time during the process. The norm for many is to model cash flows using a straight line method with even payments over time, […]

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4-Tier Equity Multiple Waterfall – Download and Watch Me Build

Here is a simple, yet very powerful, 4-tier equity multiple waterfall module. This post contains both a completed version of the module ready to plug into a real estate financial model as well as a ‘Watch Me Build’ template and companion video where I walk the user step by step through building it out. EM […]