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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Enroll for April 1st Start)

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.Over the years, we've covered hundreds of real estate modeling topics in our blog;…
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McCombs School of Business - University of Texas - MBA Real Estate Profile

The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin offers a robust Real Estate MBA experience for students looking to springboard their career in the commercial real estate industry. While the program is renowned for its…
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The A.CRE Method For Doing Cap Rate Mental Math - Practice Tool

At the bottom of this post is a downloadable practice tool for the A.CRE Method for doing cap rate mental math. The tool will generate an endless number of random cap rates and NOIs to practice with and will walk you step by step through how…
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A.CRE 101: Watch Me Build a Mortgage Amortization Table in Excel

There are a few basic, yet fundamental, real estate modeling skills you must master before anyone will take you seriously as a real estate professional. Building a mortgage amortization schedule is one of them. Virtually every model you create…
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A.CRE 101 - Using Dynamic Data Validation Lists in Real Estate Modeling

One Excel feature real estate financial modeling professionals use often is the data validation list. Where data validation is a method of limiting the possible inputs of a cell, the data validation list limits those inputs to a pre-defined…
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Why I Chose a Masters in Real Estate over an MBA

Going back to graduate school is a huge commitment. First there's the admissions process, which means spending hours and hours studying for the GMAT or GRE, filling out lengthy admissions applications, writing dozens of mindless essays, preparing…
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A.CRE 101: How To Use The Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) Method To Value Income Producing Property

The Discounted Cash Flow Method is a method to value a project by taking all future projected cash flows of the project and discounting them back to time zero (date of purchase) using a predetermined discount rate (the discount rate when used…
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Book Review: Am I Being Too Subtle by Sam Zell

Why I liked “Am I Being Too Subtle" This is a real estate book through and through and I had a great time reading it. Sam Zell had a long list of stories ranging from his trip to the spectacular Tepuis mountains (Google them if you’re…
Spencer Burton with Michael Belasco at the Boardwalk Granite Park, Plano TX
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The Latest Adventures in CRE Initiatives

As has been our habit since starting Adventures in CRE a few years back, we try to keep our readers updated on our progress and direction. Many of you have been with us since the start and we've personally communicated with hundreds of you.…
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A.CRE 101: How to Use the Income Capitalization Approach to Value Income-Producing Property

In commercial real estate, there are a few generally accepted methods for appraising (or valuing) real property. The three most common are the Cost Approach, the Sales Comparison Method, and the Income Approach. The Income Approach includes…
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Book Review: Triumph of The City

Why I liked “Triumph of The City" The central theme of this book focuses on cities and their ability to improve the way we live. Although the author made numerous interesting and compelling arguments, I found his writing style a…
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Book Review: Superforecasting - The Art and Science of Prediction

Why I liked “Superforecasting - The Art and Science of Prediction” I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to everyone in the real estate industry (particularly developers who would benefit significantly from being…
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Columbia Business School - Columbia University - MBA Real Estate Profile

When I started the MBA program at Columbia Business School in 2015, I was a prospective career-switcher. My work experience was in institutional investment consulting and private equity, but I wanted to change gears and pursue a career in…
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How to Use Debt Yield to Calculate Loan Amount

In our glossary of commercial real estate terms, we recently answered the question: what is debt yield? As a follow up to that entry, I thought I’d expand on the concept of debt yield by showing you how lenders use debt yield to come up with…
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The Sloan School of Management - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MBA Real Estate Profile

Real estate is a niche function in the MBA world, with less than 5% of most b-school graduates pursuing internships and full-time careers in the industry. Within this MBA real estate niche, the breadth of career paths is considerable, with…
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Anderson School of Business - University of California, Los Angeles - MBA Real Estate Profile

Before coming to UCLA Anderson to pursue my MBA, I was working in the commercial real estate debt group at a major bank in Los Angeles. I chose to come to Anderson in order to continue to develop my network within the Southern California…