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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Updated December 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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Real Estate Equity Waterfall Model - IRR and Equity Multiple Hurdles (Updated 12.8.2019)

Over the years, this real estate equity waterfall with annual periods and IRR or Equity Multiple hurdles has been one of the most popular models in our library of real estate Excel models. It's been downloaded thousands of times and we've received…
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A.CRE Apartment Development Model (Updated Dec. 2019)

For several years now, our library of real estate models has been lacking a robust ground-up apartment development model. Sure, our All-in-One (Ai1) model has the capability to model multifamily development deals, but it's more a generalist…
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Tutorials for the A.CRE Apartment Development Model

As promised, I'm following up the release of the A.CRE Apartment Development model with a series of walk-throughs and tutorials to help you better understand the various elements of the model. The tutorials start with the basics - a guide to…
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Analyzing a Real Estate Investment from the Perspective of an LP

We received a question from an A.CRE reader this week that I thought warranted a thorough response. The question was, and I paraphrase, "I am an LP looking for models to help vet syndication deals. Do you have any models that can be used…
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All-in-One (Ai1) Walkthrough #1 - Permanent Debt Tab (Updated Nov 2019)

In an effort to provide greater instruction on how to use our All-in-One Underwriting Tool for Real Estate Development and Acquisition, we've developed a series of walkthrough videos and posts on the methodology behind the various components…
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Using Conditional Formatting in Real Estate Financial Modeling

Your real estate financial models are only as good as their ability to be used by others. Or in other words, if others can't figure out how to use your model, it isn't worth much! So when building real estate financial model templates, besides…
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How to Prepare for the Real Estate Technical Interview

So you've made it past the HR screening interview. You have the education and experience the company is looking for, but now they want to be sure you possess the real estate financial modeling skills necessary to do the job. They've asked…

Preferred Return - Simple Interest vs. Compound Interest

A concept common to real estate partnership structures, preferred return refers to the preference given to a certain class of equity partners when distributing available cash flow. The preferred return is generally calculated as either a percentage…
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Single Family Residential Investment Analysis Model (Updated 11.11.2019)

Pre-2008, I bought and sold my fair share of single family homes - both for investment purposes (rental or flips) and to live in. In those days, almost everyone was "investing" in residential real estate - hence the market crash. I personally…
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All-in-One (Ai1) Model for Underwriting Development and Acquisitions (Updated 11.9.19)

As many of you recall, in 2015 I set out to build an Excel alternative to the widely-used (and now discontinued) ARGUS DCF. With career moves and a lot of other A.CRE-related side projects, this undertaking has been slow going. Alas, in 2016…
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Commercial Mortgage Loan Analysis Model

Over the years, I've received various requests to augment our library of real estate Excel models to include a model for underwriting and analyzing commercial mortgage loans. Specifically, people have asked for a tool to calculate the loan amount…
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A.CRE Self Storage Development Model (Updated 10.30.2019)

We've received numerous requests over the years for a Self Storage Development Model in Excel. With strong investment and development activity in this niche property type, I recognize a self storage model on A.CRE is long overdue. But with so…
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Hotel Development Model

Excited to share the new A.CRE Hotel Development Model with everyone. As evidenced by the numerous requests we have gotten for this over the years, this model is long overdue so I'm quite happy to get it out there finally. At the core, the…