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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Updated July 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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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…
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The Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania - MBA Real Estate Profile

The Wharton Real Estate program has many different components, providing students with ample resources to learn about real estate, network within the industry, and find an exciting career. I chose to attend Wharton because it is widely regarded…
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Book Review: The Big Short

Why I liked “The Big Short” Having first watched The Big Short (the film) I was curious to explore the book in search of any insights I may have initially missed. The book did not disappoint and provided an easy-to-read narrative which…
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Haas School of Business - University of California, Berkeley - MBA Real Estate Profile

Haas has a fantastic Real Estate curriculum with a tight knit community, exceptional faculty, and great extracurricular programming. When I started at Haas I knew I wanted to commit myself to real estate, so I tried to take advantage of…
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Kenan-Flagler Business School - University of North Carolina - MBA Real Estate Profile

The UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA program, and the real estate concentration specifically, has been a game changer for me as a career switcher looking to enter the commercial real estate industry. I secured both an internship and a full-time position…
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Introducing The A.CRE MBA Real Estate Series - Beginning June 11

Spencer and I are excited to introduce the A.CRE MBA Real Estate Profile series. This series is intended to provide prospective MBA students with a glimpse into some of the world's top MBA real estate programs and what they have to offer those who…
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Build Your Future: Considerations for an MBA Real Estate Program

Real estate is one of the largest, most complex, and influential facets of any economy. Whether you're considering a career in real estate banking, investing, development, or management, you'll need an understanding of the unique economics at…
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Glossary of Commercial Real Estate Terms

Glossary of Commercial Real Estate Terms Welcome to the new Glossary of Commercial Real Estate Terms on A.CRE. This will be an ever growing list of commercial real estate terms and definitions and we hope it will become a valuable resource…
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Book Review: The Liar's Ball

Why I liked “The Liar’s Ball” Although the book was slightly gossipy in places, I found it did a great job of detailing the fascinating history of the GM (General Motors) Building, really giving the reader a behind the scenes look into…