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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Updated December 2019)

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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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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Deep Dive: Understanding Acquisitions: The Letter of Intent (LOI)

The Letter of Intent - Legal Issues The letter of intent is a critical document that is written up at the beginning of a potential real estate transaction between either a prospective buyer and seller or a prospective tenant and landlord.…
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Graduate Real Estate Series: Columbia University MS.RED (Updated 2.2.2019)

The Columbia University Master of Science of Real Estate Development (MS.RED) program is an intensive, three term (one year) graduate program in real estate offered through Columbia University's highly ranked Graduate School of Architecture,…
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Excel-Based Restaurant Selection Tool for the Overly Indecisive

We're celebrating some much deserved time off from work, and so what better way to spend the time than to make a completely unnecessary (but fun!) Excel model. I call this the indispensable Excel tool for the overly indecisive, and it's basically…
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Hotel Proforma Basics - Hotel Cash Flow Projection

Hotels are a unique asset in the commercial real estate world and are underwritten differently as a result. Probably the most obvious difference is the duration of the 'lease term' of the tenant, which is usually daily to weekly. Another major…
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Learning Real Estate Financial Modeling in Excel

We're often asked by our readers how we learned to be proficient in real estate financial modeling. The question usually arises because the person wants to know how to model real estate in Excel to either land a job in commercial real estate…
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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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Deep Dive - Sources of Capital: Real Estate Private Equity

Capital for commercial real estate investments is generally sourced from one or more of the following buckets: public equity, public debt, private equity, or private debt. In my experience, few people fully understand these four buckets of capital,…
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Textbook Review: Real Estate Finance and Investments (5th Edition)

The Non-Textbook, Textbook There are two dead giveaways that a book is a textbook - the length of it's title and the thickness of its bindings. Based on those metrics - a long title and thick bindings - this book passes the textbook…
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Understanding Treatment of Time 0 in the All-in-One Model

I received a very astute question/concern from a user of our All-in-One(Ai1) model in our Ai1 Support Forum late last month. I initially set out to answer the question in writing, but the more I thought about my response, the more I concluded…
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MBA or MRE? Why I Chose to Get Both and Some Considerations for What Might Be Right For You

Ever since Spencer wrote his post about why he chose to do an MRE as opposed to an MBA or a dual Master’s degree, I have been asked a lot by our readers about why I chose to go for both an MBA and MRE. Below I will discuss my rationale and…
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All About Cap Ex

In this post, we are going to take a deeper look into capital expenditures. What it is and how we account for it in cre underwriting. Capital expenditures, commonly referred to as Cap Ex, are expenses that occur outside of normal operating…
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Deep Dive: The IRR and XIRR - Fully and Simply Explained (Part 2)

Part 2: The XIRR (Click here for Part 1 where we cover the IRR) This is Part 2 of our A.CRE Deep Dive - 2-part mini-series on the IRR and XIRR return metrics and functions in Excel. As stated in Part 1, these are some of the most commonly…
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A.CRE 101: CRE Risk Profiles

In this post we will go into detail about the four CRE risk profiles commonly ascribed to commercial real estate opportunities. In order of least risky to most risky, they are as follows: Core Core Plus Value Add Opportunistic This…
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Deep Dive: The IRR and XIRR - Fully and Simply Explained

For my next post, I thought I would bring it back to some fundamentals and review the IRR and XIRR return metrics and functions in Excel. These are some of the most commonly used functions and return metrics in commercial real estate and they…