# Excel Tips

### 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…

### Using COUNTIFS, SUMIFS, and AVERAGEIFS Excel Functions in Real Estate Underwriting

Why use COUNTIFS, SUMIFS, and AVERAGEIFS functions in real estate? When real estate analysts first start their careers, they're often required to work with large data sets and to transpose property and portfolio information from one format to…

### Bonus Content – Gantt Chart and Weighted Average with Multiple Conditions

I have two updates/improvements to previous posts I thought I'd share with our readers today; call it, bonus content! The first, is a dynamic Gantt Chart tool I recently added to my Construction Draw and Interest Calculation Model. The second,…

### The Conditional Weighted Average – SUMPRODUCT with SUMIF

Consider this scenario: you have a 50 tenant rent roll, consisting of various tenant types (i.e. small inline, large inline, junior anchor, anchor, etc.), and you want to calculate the weighted average rent for each tenant type. If I asked you,…

### Excel Tip: Copy Worksheets between Identical Models

From time to time, I come across modeling situations that Excel does not have built-in functionality to address. One particular situation I come across regularly, involves needing to transfer the contents of a worksheet, including all inputs,…

### How to Use the Apartment Acquisition Model’s Monte Carlo Simulation Module

You may recall that a couple of weeks ago, I began to explore Stochastic Modeling concepts, or the idea of adding probability into my models, to get a more complete picture of the risk-return metrics of an investment. I became interested in…

### Supercharge Excel with the WST Macros Add-in

A year ago I wrote about Wall St. Training and their free Excel modeling resources. In that post, I mentioned the free WST Macros and how it is an indispensable add-in; one that I use in my professional life daily. Well, version 4.4 was recently…

### 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…

### The Circuit Breaker – How to Fix Circular Reference Errors in Excel

If you've spent much time working with elaborate Excel workbooks that rely on iterative calculations to solve formulas with circular logic, you've undoubtedly come across a problem where if you accidently put an erroneous value in an input…

### Apartment Valuation Tutorial Using the Real Estate Acquisition Model

I promised a how-to video for my real estate apartment acquisition model, and so I thought I'd use an actual property to do so. I grabbed a property from Loopnet that is currently for sale, and dropped the information from the listing into…

### Disable Animations – Excel 2013 (and Presumably in Excel 2016)

If you recently upgraded from Excel 2007 or Excel 2010 to either Excel 2013 or Excel 2016 for Windows, you've probably noticed a change that can be quite distracting (and even annoying!). Microsoft Excel now animates certain actions as you work.…

### How to Use My Real Estate Equity Waterfall Model

I took a few minutes this weekend, and created a video to help you use my real estate equity waterfall (IRR hurdle technique) model that I built in Excel. Again, keep in mind that the model is not standalone, but can be used with any of the…

### Wall St. Training – Free Excel Resources

Wall Street Training (WST) is a fantastic site for free and paid Excel training resources. According to their site, they are "The world's leading provider of live and online financial training, serving a wide variety of investment banks, private…