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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Updated May 2022)

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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A.CRE on the Road – University Speaking Schedule (Fall 2021)

Michael and Spencer continue to take time every semester to engage with top real estate programs across the country to share their experience with students pursuing careers in commercial real estate. The Fall 2021 university speaking schedule…
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The Acquisition Process | Title Insurance featuring Josh Roling – Contract to Close

Welcome to this episode of the Contract to Close series! This episode features Josh Roling, a real estate attorney and an expert in all things commercial real estate acquisitions. Josh is a close friend and colleague of mine with whom I've done…
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Graduate Real Estate Series: University of Florida Master of Science in Real Estate

“Growing up I was surrounded by engineers and builders in my formative years, so I decided to explore the same path and got my undergrad degree in civil engineering. I wanted to work in the construction/engineering industry, and after working…
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S-Curve Forecasting in Real Estate Development (Updated Sep 2021)

One of the reasons Michael 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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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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Graduate Real Estate Series: University at Buffalo MSRED

The Master of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED) at the University at Buffalo is a three-semester program that teaches real estate development and investment to aspiring and advancing professionals, with the resurgent City of Buffalo…
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Graduate Real Estate Series: Texas A&M’s MRE Program

My story on how I ended up pursuing a career in commercial real estate is far from cookie-cutter and perhaps, even a little unconventional. As opposed to most, I had absolutely zero prior exposure to the real estate industry; neither of my parents…
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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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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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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,…