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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Updated Nov 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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Top Advice for a Freshman Considering a Career in Commercial Real Estate

So, you start your first year, or freshman year here in the U.S. You don’t know much about commercial real estate, but you feel like it could be an interesting career path. What do you start to do to learn more about the CRE industry? And…
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Should I take a year off after high school before college?

The cliche path we’ve all been told is, “once you finish high school, you go to college, and right after college you get a job.” But what if you were able to give yourself a leg up and come in more confident and prepared than other incoming…
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Cox School of Business – Southern Methodist University – MBA Real Estate Profile

The three major factors that made SMU Cox stand out to me were the program's size, the deep alumni network (especially in the Dallas area), and the prowess of the RE department within Cox. Firstly, when looking for an MBA program,…
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Watch Me Build – American-Style Real Estate Equity Waterfall (Updated Jun 2022)

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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The Forefront of Climate Solutions for the Built Environment with Jacob Racusin | S3SP8

This episode of the A.CRE Audio Series features Jacob Deva Racusin, a real estate professional and co-founder of New Frameworks. New Frameworks is a worker-owned cooperative focused on climate solutions for the built environment, namely through…
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Single Tenant NNN Lease Valuation Model (Updated Jun 2022)

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…
International CRE Student Job Search
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Important Considerations for International CRE Students

For you job candidates who are international CRE students and want to get a job in the U.S. in the industry, here are my three biggest tips to help you find success: Set Specific Goals for Yourself Network Persistently Don’t Lose…
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Marquette Real Estate Strategies Conference Takeaways

Marquette University recently held its 11th annual Real Estate Strategies Conference.  Our Co-Founder, Spencer Burton, had the privilege of being the Keynote speaker so a few members of our team came up to support him. A quote from Jack…
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Tenant Sales and Occupancy Cost in Retail Underwriting (UPDATED JUNE 2022)

When underwriting a retail investment, rollover risk is an incredibly important consideration. You, as a prospective debt or equity investor in the property, need to understand how secure the cash flows you're buying are; or in other words,…
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Forecasting After-Tax Cash Flow in Real Estate Analysis (UPDATED MAY 2022)

When modeling real estate investments, industry practice is generally to stop at before-tax cash flow. And this makes sense in most instances. No two owners of real estate have the exact same tax situation and no two properties necessarily have…
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Using Geometric Mean (or CAGR) as an Alternative to IRR

The internal rate of return (IRR) and compound annual growth rate (CAGR) are both metrics used to analyze investment returns. They're both commonly used in commercial real estate financial modeling, but what's the difference? When should you…
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Graduate Real Estate Series: UC Berkeley’s Master of Real Estate Development and Design

Prior to the MRED+D program, I worked for a general contractor in San Francisco. I worked on the repositioning and adaptive reuse of the historic industrial buildings at Pier 70. Pier 70 is a 40-acre urban infill mixed-use development on…
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The University of Texas at Austin – Undergraduate Real Estate Profile

As a senior in high school awaiting acceptance offers from schools, I understood that finding my career passion was just as important as the school I attend. I was confident that the University of Texas at Austin would provide a path for…
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4-Tier Equity Multiple Waterfall – Download and Watch Me Build (UPDATED APR 2022)

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…
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Development Draw Schedule – Visually Customize Each Line Item (UPDATED APR 2022)

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…