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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Updated July 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. Important Note: We're updating and adding to the Accelerator every week. Since launch,…
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Create Dynamic Sub-Property Type Drop-Down Menus in Excel

A few years ago, I created a tutorial on building smart drop-down menus in Excel using dynamic named ranges and data validation lists. This offered a great way to have drop-down menus in your model that could be easily changed by the user to…
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Single Tenant NNN Lease Valuation Model (Updated Feb 2020)

I originally built this single tenant net lease (NNN) valuation Excel model back in 2016. Based on some feedback from a few of our readers, I've since made quite a few updates (see v2.0 updates video below). This model is an attempt to re-think…
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Watch Me Build Data Tables For Real Estate Sensitivity Analysis

This is a 3 part mini-series on using data tables in Excel to perform real estate sensitivity analysis. In this series, I'll walk you through how to build both one-variable and two-variable data tables in parts 1 and 2. And in Part 3, I'll walk…
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Watch Me Build A Construction Draw Schedule (Updated Jan 2020)

In the following video, I record my screen and narrative my steps as I build a basic construction draw schedule. I've also included the template and completed worksheets from this Watch Me Build exercise. Basic Construction Financing &…
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University of Wisconsin-Madison – Undergraduate Real Estate Profile

Perspectives on the University of Wisconsin-Madison Real Estate Undergraduate Degree The Real Estate and Urban Land Economics major in the Wisconsin School of Business promotes a well-rounded and in-depth learning experience for its students.…
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Cornell University – Undergraduate Real Estate Profile

Before coming to Cornell University to pursue an undergraduate degree in Hotel Administration, I was somewhat aware of the real estate educational opportunities offered in the Hotel School, but did not expect they would play such a significant…
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Using SUMPRODUCT to Calculate Weighted Average in Real Estate

In my experience, using the SUMPRODUCT function in Excel to calculate weighted average is one of the most oft-used Excel techniques in real estate financial modeling. I learned this technique on day one of my first real estate internship and…
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Watch Me Expand the Home Construction Pro Forma

I'm regularly asked to expand my single family home construction pro forma to analyze the construction of more than one home. I've contemplated adding that functionality to the model, but it is such a custom task that no template could really…
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Marquette University – Undergraduate Real Estate Profile

The real estate program and the Center for Real Estate at Marquette University has helped me find a career path I am not only excited to pursue after graduation, but I know I will be successful in due to my time at Marquette. Although our…
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The A.CRE Undergraduate Real Estate Series

Spencer and I are excited to introduce the A.CRE Undergraduate Real Estate Series. Much like our series on top MBA in Real Estate and Masters in Real Estate programs, this series on Real Estate Undergraduate programs will provide our readers…
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Using the Cash-on-Cash Return in Real Estate Investment Analysis

I’ve fielded a handful of Cash-on-Cash (CoC) return questions of late. So, I thought it would be worthwhile to write a post on what the Cash-on-Cash return metric tells me about a potential real estate investment. This article is a primer,…
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Analyzing a Real Estate Investment from the Perspective of an LP

We received a question from an A.CRE reader this week that I thought warranted a thorough response. The question was, and I paraphrase, "I am an LP looking for models to help vet syndication deals. Do you have any models that can be used…
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How to Prepare for the Real Estate Technical Interview

So you've made it past the HR screening interview. You have the education and experience the company is looking for, but now they want to be sure you possess the real estate financial modeling skills necessary to do the job. They've asked…
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Roll Up Your Monthly Cash Flow Line Items Into Annual Periods Using Only One Formula For The Whole Sheet

While building out my hotel development model (currently underway), I decided to take a break and record a video about how I roll up the monthly cash flow line items on my Monthly Cash Flow sheet into annual cash flow line items on a separate…