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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Updated Sept 2020)

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,…
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McCombs School of Business – University of Texas – MBA Real Estate Profile

The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin offers a robust Real Estate MBA experience for students looking to springboard their career in the commercial real estate industry. While the program is renowned for its…
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University of Pennsylvania – Undergraduate Real Estate Profile

I chose the University of Pennsylvania for a whole host of reasons. Firstly, their four school offerings give me a chance to study and meet people from different academic and professional disciplines and provides a refreshing experience in the…
Real Estate IRR Partitioning
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Watch Me Build – IRR Partitioning in Excel

In this post, I'd like to show you how to partition the internal rate of return of your real estate investment in Excel. I also throw in a quick equity multiple partition, to highlight how the time value of money affects your returns. I've recorded…
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McDonough School of Business – Georgetown University – MBA Real Estate Profile

  Coming out of undergrad as an engineer I knew in the future I would need a generalist business education to achieve my goals. After I had garnered some professional experience and had a better idea of my career path, it was time…
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Graduate Real Estate Series: Cornell University’s Baker Program in Real Estate

The Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate is an immersive, two-year Ivy league graduate real estate education with the rigor, structure, and academic profile of an MBA while focused entirely on Real Estate. Located at Cornell University's…
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Kenan-Flagler Business School – University of North Carolina – MBA Real Estate Profile

The UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA program, and the real estate concentration specifically, has been a game-changer for me as a career switcher looking to enter the commercial real estate industry. I secured both an internship and a full-time position…
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S-Curve Forecasting in Real Estate Development (Updated Sept 2020)

One of the reasons Mike and I blog, is to force ourselves to be continually learning. I built the first version of my real estate waterfall model, because I wanted to better understand the mechanics of modeling an equity waterfall with IRR…
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How to Quickly Evaluate Real Estate Opportunities (Without Opening Excel)

We regularly respond to questions from A.CRE and Accelerator members as it relates to analyzing and evaluating real estate investment opportunities. Recently, in an Accelerator forum post a young professional marveled at how certain individuals…
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Announcing the New A.CRE Help Section

At A.CRE, we receive thousands of emails every month from our readers, users of our financial models, and our Accelerator members. The topics of those emails range from career advice, consulting requests, and questions about the Accelerator,…
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Analyzing Value-Add Investments in Real Estate Using Yield-on-Cost

So a question recently came in around why a commercial real estate investor would use the Yield-on-Cost metric to assess a value-add real estate investment. This question came on the heals of several other questions also related to development…
bite-sized real estate tutorials
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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…
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Watch Me Build – American-Style Real Estate Equity Waterfall

A few years ago, I recorded my screen as I built a 3-tier real estate equity waterfall model. What I didn't mention in that Watch Me Build video, is that the kind of waterfall I built is colloquially called a European-style equity waterfall.…
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Book Review: The Birth of a Building

Who "The Birth of a Building" Is For If you're a beginner to the real estate development process, this book is for you. In The Birth of a Building, Ben Stevens provides a high level guide to the building process from idea to completion…