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4-Tier Equity Multiple Waterfall - Download and Watch Me Build

Here is a simple, yet very powerful, 4-tier equity multiple waterfall module. This post contains both a completed version of the module ready to plug into a real estate financial model as well as a 'Watch Me Build' template and companion video…
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Watch Me Build a 3-Tier Real Estate Equity Waterfall Model with IRR Hurdles

As I've mentioned in other Watch Me Build posts, one way to become a better real estate financial modeling professional, is to watch other professionals model. Thus, the more exposure you can get to other's methods, the more adept a real estate…
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Watch Me Solve a REPE Technical Interview Modeling Test

What better way to spend some free time over the Thanksgiving holiday, than to record myself completing a real estate private equity technical interview exercise! While I've offered help with the real estate technical interview in the past,…
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A.CRE 101: How to Build a Mortgage Amortization Table in Excel

There are a few basic, yet fundamental, real estate modeling skills you must master before anyone will take you seriously as a real estate professional. Building a mortgage amortization schedule is one of them. Virtually every model you create…
real estate professional using the income approach, a financial tool to value income producing property
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A.CRE 101: How to Use the Income Capitalization Approach to Value Income-Producing Property

In commercial real estate, there are a few generally accepted methods for appraising (or valuing) real property. The three most common are the Cost Approach, the Sales Comparison Method, and the Income Approach. The Income Approach includes…
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Excel Tips: Creating Data Tables Part 3: Two Variable Data Tables - How To Display More Than One Return Metric Within a Cell

In the third part of this data table series, I'd like to show you how you can create data tables with multiple return metrics within each cell of the data table as shown in the image below.   The way to do this is actually quite…
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Excel Tips: Creating Data Tables Part 2: Two Variable Data Tables For CRE Underwriting

Back when we first started this website, I wrote a post with a downloadable excel file that walks the reader through how to create a one variable data table. This is a long overdue follow up to that post to show you how to create a two-variable…
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Construction Draw Schedule: Accounting For True LTC

Mitigating A Common and Potentially Costly Error During Development Underwriting 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…
a shopping center with robust sales and low occupancy cost
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Tenant Sales and Occupancy Cost in Retail Underwriting

When underwriting a retail investment, rollover risk is an incredibly important consideration. You, as a prospective debt or equity investor in the property, need to understand how secure the cash flows you're buying are; or in other words,…