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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Updated September 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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New Hotel Acquisition Model - The Basic Model

The initial goal for the original Hotel Acquisition Model was to design a hotel proforma that would enable users to get deep into the weeds on their analysis of practically every line item in their hotel analysis. Although I am super happy with…
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All-in-One (Ai1) Model for Underwriting Development and Acquisitions (Updated 9.2.19)

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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A.CRE Value-Add Apartment Acquisition Model (Updated 8.14.19)

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…
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Real Estate Portfolio Valuation Model (Updated 7.27.2019)

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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A.CRE Hotel Valuation Model in Excel (Updated 07.23.19)

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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Single Family Residential Investment Analysis Model (Updated 7.20.2019)

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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Tutorials for A.CRE Value-Add Apartment Acquisition Model

As promised, I'm following up the release of the A.CRE Value-Add Apartment Acquisition 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 -…
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Single Tenant NNN Lease Valuation Model (Updated 6.22.2019)

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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Simple Acquisition Model for Office, Retail, Industrial Properties (Updated 5.1.2019)

A few years back, on a sleep Saturday afternoon while my kids were busy eating Halloween candy, I decided to create a simple real estate acquisition model in Excel for office, retail, and industrial deals.Since then, I've made various…
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Multifamily (Apartment) Acquisition Model

Our library of real estate Excel models has a variety of decent apartment models, including our All-in-One model and our Apartment Development Model - both robust models in their own right. However, if you're looking for a straight multifamily…
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3-Tiered Acquisition Debt Module

This is a 3-tiered debt module that will allow the user to add one to three tiers of debt to his or her real estate DCF model. Includes the option to layer in senior debt, secondary debt, and mezzanine debt; calculate interest on either…
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Apartment Acquisition Model with Monte Carlo Simulation Module (Updated 02.17.2019)

We have a few stochastic modeling tools for real estate on the website, but none as robust as this Apartment Acquisition Model with Monte Carlo Simulation Module. I originally built the model in 2016 by taking my standard apartment acquisition…
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Back-of-the-Envelope Office, Retail, Industrial Acquisition Model (Updated 10.1.2018)

I’ve built a new acquisition model that I am excited to share with our readers. This is a back-of-the-envelope (BOE) valuation model that can be used for retail, office, and industrial properties. The goal was to create a sleek and clean look…
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Using Boolean Logic to Model Multiple Generations of Tenant Improvements

Arguably the most powerful, and least appreciated and understood, functionality in Excel is its use of boolean logic. Or in other words, the use of TRUE and FALSE binary logic. This form of logic can be used to dramatically simplify formulas…
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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…