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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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MBA or MRE? Why I Chose to Get Both and Some Considerations for What Might Be Right For You

Ever since Spencer wrote his post about why he chose to do an MRE as opposed to an MBA or a dual Master’s degree, I have been asked a lot by our readers about why I chose to go for both an MBA and MRE. Below I will discuss my rationale and thoughts and provide […]

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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 […]

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A.CRE 101: How To Use The Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) Method To Value Income Producing Property

The Discounted Cash Flow Method is a method to value a project by taking all future projected cash flows of the project and discounting them back to time zero (date of purchase) using a predetermined discount rate (the discount rate when used in a DCF to look at an investment can be looked at as […]

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3 Tiered Waterfall Module Added to the Condo Development Model

After receiving a few requests, I’ve finally gotten around to adding an equity waterfall module to the Condominium Development Model. This module allows you to model partnership splits up to three tiers using either equity multiple hurdles or IRR hurdles. Additionally, you can model for a preferred return for the limited partner where either (1) […]

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Construction Draw Schedule: Accounting For True LTC

When lenders provide debt for a development project, they lend based on a Loan-to-Cost ratio (LTC), which is simply the percent of the total budget the lender will agree to lend to the borrower. So, if a project costs $10MM, and a lender loans $6MM, the lender is lending at a 60% LTC. However, the […]

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San Francisco Development Explosion! – Interactive Map & Side Project

San Francisco’s downtown area is currently going through an unprecedented, skyline redefining transformation. So many incredible developers and architects are in the process of leaving their mark on this city and it’s all happening or will be happening within roughly one square mile south of Market St in the downtown areas known as the Transbay District, Rincon […]