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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Enroll for April 1st Start)

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.Over the years, we've covered hundreds of real estate modeling topics in our blog;…
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A.CRE Self Storage Development Model (Updated 3.16.2019)

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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All-in-One (Ai1) Model for Underwriting Development and Acquisitions (Updated 2.24.19)

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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Residential Land Development Pro Forma (Updated 2.18.2019)

As many of you know, I started my career in residential land development first as a broker and later as a principal. During that time I built my fair share of residential land development Excel pro formas, modeling returns and forecasting cash…
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A.CRE Apartment Development Model (Updated 1.21.2019)

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…
Sources and Uses
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Construction Draw and Interest Calculation Model (Updated 10.9.2018)

I originally uploaded this equity/construction loan draw and interest calculation tool to our library of real estate financial analysis models in 2016. Over the years, I've continued to update it as suggestions, comments, and requests…
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Actual + Forecast Construction Draw Schedule with S-Curve

Several times in the last month, I've been asked to tackle an interesting real estate financial modeling challenge - pare actual construction draw cash flows with s-curve cash flow forecasts to create an Actuals + Forecast Construction Draw…
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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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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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3 Tiered Waterfall Module Added to the Condo Development Model

After receiving a few requests, I've finally gotten around to adding an equity waterfall module to the Condominium Development Model. This module allows you to model partnership splits up to three tiers using either equity multiple hurdles or…
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Condominium Development Model

After posting the construction draw module a few weeks back that demonstrates how to calculate the true LTC of a development loan, I decided that since we have yet to publish a condo development model, to build upon that module to create one.…
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Construction Draw Schedule: Accounting For True LTC

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 will agree to lend to the borrower. So, if a project costs $10MM, and a lender loans…
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Real Estate Development Tracker

One of the many challenges of both analyzing real estate development deals and managing development projects is understanding and tracking the numerous differing but intertwining work streams. The more a development team takes the time…
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How to Use the Construction Draw and Interest Calculation Model

As promised, I've recorded a tutorial on how to use my construction draw and interest calculation model. The 20 minute tutorial walks you through how to use the model to forecast construction cash flows during your development period. The model…
Normal Distribution in Real Estate Forecasting
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S-Curve Forecasting in Real Estate Development

One of the reasons Mike and I blog, is to force ourselves to be continually learning. I built the first version of my real estate waterfall model, because I wanted to better understand the mechanics of modeling an equity waterfall with…