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The A.CRE Method for Doing Cap Rate Math in Your Head

In this post, I'd like to share a method, that with a little practice, will enable you to quickly do cap rate math in your head; whether it’s quickly figuring out what the sale or purchase price would be of a property based on the NOI and…
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Starting Out in CRE? 4 Ways to Get Hired Faster

I may be biased, but personally I think that commercial real estate is one of the most interesting, rewarding professions out there. From my time as an agency and tenant rep broker, to my current role as CEO of a real estate technology company,…
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Construction Draw Schedule: Accounting For True LTC

Mitigating A Common and Potentially Costly Error During Development Underwriting When lenders provide debt for a development project, they lend based on a Loan-to-Cost ratio (LTC), which is simply the percent of the total budget the lender…
a shopping center with robust sales and low occupancy cost
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Tenant Sales and Occupancy Cost in Retail Underwriting

When underwriting a retail investment, rollover risk is an incredibly important consideration. You, as a prospective debt or equity investor in the property, need to understand how secure the cash flows you're buying are; or in other words,…
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Calculate Residual Land Value in Excel

Here's the scenario. You're a real estate developer. You spot a prime parcel of land that would be perfect for your real estate project. So you approach the owner of the land about selling and she says, "Okay, bring me an offer." How much do…
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The Limitations of IRR When Evaluating Real Estate Investments

The internal rate of return is one of the most commonly used metrics to value real estate investment opportunities. Simply put, the IRR is the target percent an investor is expected to earn over the life of the investment if the investment performs…
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The State of Real Estate Crowdfunding

Following the housing crash of 2007 - as regulations were introduced and credit tightened - emerging companies were left with little or no access to the capital markets. In an effort to ameliorate the credit crunch, Congress drew up the Jumpstart…
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Single Tenant NNN Lease Valuation Model

I've been meaning for some time to put together a single tenant net lease (NNN) valuation Excel model for the blog. I had some post-turkey day free time and so I sat down and hammered out a model that I think is pretty cool. The model is…
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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…