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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Updated Sep 2021)

Prior to launching the Accelerator program, Michael and I 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…
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Glossary of Commercial Real Estate Terms (Updated Sep 2021)

Glossary of Commercial Real Estate Terms Welcome to the new Glossary of Commercial Real Estate Terms on A.CRE. This will be an ever growing list of commercial real estate terms and definitions and we hope it will become a valuable resource…
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A.CRE Audio Series Season 3

SEASON 3 - DEAL MAKING, DEAL DOING We are excited to announce that the newest season of the A.CRE Audio Series will be released next Tuesday, August 10th! This season is the first chance Spencer, Michael and Sam had been able to…
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A.CRE Hotel Valuation Model in Excel (Updated 08.6.21)

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…
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The Definitive Guide to Microsoft Excel for Real Estate (Updated Aug 2021)

Microsoft Excel is the primary tool used by real estate financial modeling professionals. Even while numerous non-Excel alternatives have attempted to de-throne Excel, the 35+ year-old software has shown to be surprisingly resilient to competition.…
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Emory University – Undergraduate Real Estate Profile

One of the qualities I value most is being open-minded. For this reason, as a 16-year-old beginning my college search, I was too afraid to go straight into a business program or business school within a university. I wanted to explore courses…
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Watch Me Build – Custom Rent Schedule Module

In this Watch Me Build video I show you how to build a custom rent schedule module for long-term leases. The foundation of the module is a simple INDEX/MATCH combination that takes a rent schedule and models the rent cash flows across the entire…
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Industrial Real Estate Investments in Emerging Markets

E-commerce isn’t a new innovation, it has been around since the early 90s and was actually first created in the 1960s. Since then, many e-commerce companies have come and gone but in the past few years, there have been a few stable companies…
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Limitations of IRR When Evaluating Real Estate Investments

The internal rate of return is one of the most commonly used return metrics to analyze real estate investment opportunities. Simply put, the IRR is the anticipated, project-determined discount rate an investor is expected to earn over the life…
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Deep Dive – Land Acquisition and Assemblage

This is a topic I'm all too familiar with. You see, I cut my teeth in real estate largely sourcing and negotiating residential and mixed-use land acquisition opportunities.  I've put land deals together both as a fiduciary and as a principal,…
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UCLA Anderson – MBA Real Estate Profile

Before coming to UCLA Anderson, I was working in land-use consulting, entitlements, and permitting in Los Angeles. I chose to come to Anderson to continue to develop my real estate network in Southern California, supplement my engineering…
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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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The A.CRE Method for Doing Cap Rate Math in Your Head

In this post, I'd like to share a method that, with a little practice, will enable you to quickly do cap rate math in your head; whether it’s quickly figuring out what the sale or purchase price would be of a property based on the NOI and…
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Could You Be Exiting Too Early? Don’t Forget to Analyze Your Reinvestment Rate

When attempting to maximize the value of your money invested in real estate, the timing of your exit is key to maximize your return. Exit too early, and you might leave money on the table. Exit too late, and you might have better used that capital…