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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Updated Jan 2023)

Prior to launching the Accelerator program, Michael and I fielded email after email requesting a more structured real estate financial modeling training program on the site. Over the years, we've covered hundreds of real estate modeling…
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A.CRE Value-Add Apartment Acquisition Model (Updated Jan 2023)

We've shared a handful of apartment models over the years. Several of those are capable of analyzing apartment acquisitions (e.g. All-in-One, Apartment Valuation Model), but none was built for the express purpose of modeling value-add apartment…
Multifamily Letter of Intent
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Letter of Intent for Multifamily Real Estate

Today we are going to walk through a common first legal document that is presented to the Seller of a multifamily property, the Letter of Intent (LOI). This article will help you understand exactly what to include to write a better Letter of…
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Letter of Intent for Commercial Industrial Purchase

Today we are going to walk through what is usually the first legal document that is presented to the seller of an industrial property, the Letter of Intent. This article will help you understand each of the entries to include, as well as the…
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All-in-One (Ai1) Model for Underwriting Development and Acquisitions (Updated Nov 2022)

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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Create A Dynamic Revenue Row to Calculate Multiple Tenant Leases (Updated Nov 2022)

I recently received an email from one of our readers asking how to create a dynamic revenue row for a pro forma that can capture rent changes for multiple tenants. I thought that this would make a great post for the site and would be a good…
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Student Housing Acquisition Model

I've spent a fair amount of my career analyzing privately-owned student housing investments. Nevertheless, I've yet to share a purpose-built, institutional-quality student housing acquisition model. So, I thought I'd take some time and build…
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Using an IRR Matrix to Determine Hold Period (Updated Sep 2022)

When building a real estate financial pro forma, it's important to model for and include a summary of various return and risk metrics. Among the different return metrics, the internal rate of return (IRR) - both on an unlevered and levered…
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A.CRE Hotel Valuation Model in Excel (Updated Sept 2022)

I am excited to introduce our new Hotel Valuation (Acquisition) Model to underwrite both stabilized and value-add hotel opportunities. This hotel pro forma is designed to allow users to do everything from a quick back of the envelope exercise…
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Real Estate Portfolio Valuation Model (Updated Aug 2022)

I built, and would like to share, a real estate portfolio model for valuing a portfolio of up to 30 properties. This is a "roll-up" model, meaning you will need to model your unlevered (before financing) property-level cash flows in a separate…
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Self Storage Acquisition Model (Updated Aug 2022)

I've spent the past few weekends working on a purpose-built Self Storage Acquisition Model, and I'm now happy to share the result of that work with you. This is a model that's been requested by quite a few A.CRE readers over the past few years.…
Confidentiality Agreement Signing
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Real Estate Confidentiality Agreement

In this article and video, we are going to walk through a real estate Confidentiality Agreement that is suitable for a listing broker to distribute to a potential purchaser of a commercial multi-family property.  We’ll cover who the parties…
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Single Tenant NNN Lease Valuation Model (Updated Jun 2022)

I originally built this single tenant net lease (NNN) valuation Excel model back in 2016. Based on some feedback from a few of our readers, I've since made quite a few updates (see v2.0 updates video below). This model is an attempt to re-think…
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Physical Occupancy Calculation Model for Real Estate (UPDATED MAY 2022)

As many of you know, I'm in the midst of moving my family from Milwaukee to Dallas, and quite frankly I'm getting sick of eating out and sleeping in hotel rooms. So what better way to unwind from hours of whining kids and tiresome travel, than…
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Single Family Rental Proforma (Updated April 2022)

With all the continued and growing interest in single family rentals these past few years, I decided to spend some time these past few days diving into building a single family rental proforma. Prior to getting underway, and what we encourage…
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Single Family Residential Investment Analysis Model (Updated Feb 2022)

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…