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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Updated Feb 2020)

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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San Francisco Development Explosion! - Interactive Map & Side Project

San Francisco's downtown area is currently going through an unprecedented, skyline redefining transformation. So many incredible developers and architects are in the process of leaving their mark on this city and it's all happening or will…
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Watch Me Build a Tenant Rollover Analysis Model

The feedback has been positive on the ‘Watch Me Build a Multifamily Model’ video I recorded earlier this year. So I thought I’d follow that up with another. This time I build a Real Estate Tenant Rollover Analysis Model and talk through…
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After Tax Analysis in Real Estate (Now Included in Ai1)

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…
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Understanding Taxes Series: Part 2 - Exceptions to The PAL Rules

The PAL Rules - A Brief Background The PAL Rules, or Passive Activity Loss Rules, were enacted in 1986 to curb rampant abuses from people using real estate and businesses to generate huge losses to offset income taxes. It used to be that you…
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Getting to Know Our Readers - Ben Stevens and The Skyline Forum

Maintaining a vibrant, ever-changing blog is not an easy endeavor, and I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not always fun. But what makes blogging worthwhile for Mike and I is the opportunity the blog creates to interact, either through…
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Understanding Taxes Series: Part 1 - Depreciation

Investing in real estate provides some tremendous tax incentives in the USA compared to other investments and is an important component to understanding real estate investing. Given the positive response I've received to my Understanding Leases…
Real Estate IRR Partitioning
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IRR Partitioning in Excel

In this post, I'd like to show you how to partition the internal rate of return of your real estate investment in Excel. I also throw in a quick equity multiple partition, to highlight how the time value of money affects your returns. I've recorded…
Normal Distribution in Real Estate Forecasting
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S-Curve Forecasting in Real Estate Development

One of the reasons Mike and I blog, is to force ourselves to be continually learning. I built the first version of my real estate waterfall model, because I wanted to better understand the mechanics of modeling an equity waterfall with…
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Understanding Leases: Office Buildings - Part 2b

Grossing Up Reimbursable Expenses in ARGUS This post and video are a follow up to a post written back in late October discussing grossing up reimbursable expenses. If you haven’t gotten to read that yet, you can do so by clicking here:…
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Understanding Leases: Office Buildings – Part 2a

Grossing Up Operating Expenses – What, How, Why, and its impact on the Three Common Bill-back Methods A common practice in office leases is to gross up the variable portion of the reimbursable expenses. Grossing up expenses is when the…
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Understanding Leases: Office Buildings - Part 1

Billing Back Reimbursable Operating Expenses – Three Common Approaches for Office Buildings (ARGUS video example to follow next week) The three most common approaches to expense reimbursements in office leases are the (1) triple-net,…
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Another Shot at Stuy Town - Blackstone's $5.3 Billion Bet

Styuvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, otherwise known as Stuy Town, is back in real estate news. Blackstone, together with Ivanhoe Cambridge and CWCapital Asset Management, have agreed to buy the 11,232-unit apartment complex for…
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Introducing a New Blog Segment: Understanding Leases

We are rolling out a new segment this week called Understanding Leases. The aim is to help our readers learn about the more nuanced and unique concepts to commercial real estate leasing and provide general tips and understanding. Over time we…
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CRE Market Spotlight: Camden, NJ

After decades of being statistically one of the poorest cities in the country, it seems there are finally big changes coming to the city of Camden, NJ. With an extensive and generous state sponsored tax credit program luring big businesses to…
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Adventures In CRE's Events Calendar

We have begun to compile a calendar of events for some of the more well known trade organizations in the industry in order to give our readers a one stop place to find out about events that are happening throughout the US and internationally.…