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A.CRE User Insights Survey

We need your help! As Adventures in CRE (A.CRE) has grown and evolved over the years, so have the needs of our readers. The challenge for Michael and I as we contemplate what new content to create, is knowing what resources will be most beneficial…
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Real Estate Equity Waterfall Model With Cash-on-Cash Return Hurdle

Over the years, Michael and I have built and shared numerous real estate equity waterfall models, all multi-tiered and most with internal rate of return (IRR) hurdles. And as our readers have downloaded those models, I've received dozens of…
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Watch Me Build: Construction Draw Schedule

The video below and corresponding downloadable templates will walk you through how to build a basic construction draw schedule. Basic Construction Financing & Draw schedules: A Conceptual Overview A standard draw schedule with a basic…
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Keyboard Shortcuts I Use Constantly When Modeling in Excel (Formatting)

The more you model real estate in Microsoft Excel, the faster and more accurate you become - and hopefully as a consequence the more valuable you become to real estate employers and investors. Part of the process of mastering real estate financial…
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Development Draw Schedule - Visually Customize Each Line Item

Working a lot with development draw schedules, I have always been looking for a catch all solution as to how one could easily model all the unique ways cash actually flows over time during the process. The norm for many is to model cash flows…
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How to Create Dynamic, In-Cell Buttons and Toggles in Microsoft Excel

Creating intuitive, user-friendly, visually appealing models is one aspect of mastering real estate financial modeling. One way to make your models easy for people to use and more attractive in general is to use dynamic, theme-appropriate, in-cell…
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Auto-Populate Latitude and Longitude in Excel (Updated 2018)

When analyzing real estate investments in Excel, it's often necessary to include the latitude and longitude coordinates of the properties we're modeling. To do this, most of us open up Google Maps, or some other mapping tool, and find the…
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Convert Monthly Cash Flows to Quarterly and Annual Cash Flows

Over the past few years, I've been working to build an ARGUS DCF alternative in Excel - or otherwise known here as the A.CRE All-in-One (Ai1) Model. As I've worked on that model, I've been jotting down modeling techniques I use and think would…
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All-in-One (Ai1) Underwriting Model for Real Estate Development and Acquisition (Updated 02.14.18)

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…