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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Enrollment Open)

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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4-Tier Equity Multiple Waterfall - Download and Watch Me Build

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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1031 Exchange - Introduction, Overview, and Analysis Tool

A 1031 Exchange, or Like-kind Exchange, is a strategy in which a real estate investor can defer both capital gains tax and depreciation recapture tax upon the sale of a property and use that money, which has not been taxed, to purchase a like-kind…
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Watch Me Build a 3-Tier Real Estate Equity Waterfall Model with IRR Hurdles

As I've mentioned in other Watch Me Build posts, one way to become a better real estate financial modeling professional, is to watch other professionals model. Thus, the more exposure you can get to other's methods, the more adept a real estate…
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McDonough School of Business - Georgetown University - MBA Real Estate Profile

 Coming out of undergrad as an engineer I knew in the future I would need a generalist business education to achieve my goals. After I had garnered some professional experience and had a better idea of my career path, it was time…
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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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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…