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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Updated Feb 2020)

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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Using SUMPRODUCT to Calculate Weighted Average in Real Estate

In my experience, using the SUMPRODUCT function in Excel to calculate weighted average is one of the most oft-used Excel techniques in real estate financial modeling. I learned this technique on day one of my first real estate internship and…
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How to Create Dynamic, In-Cell Buttons and Toggles in Microsoft Excel

Creating intuitive, user-friendly, visually appealing models is one aspect of mastering real estate financial modeling. One way to make your models easy for people to use and more attractive in general is to use dynamic, theme-appropriate, in-cell…
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Watch Me Expand the Home Construction Pro Forma

I'm regularly asked to expand my single family home construction pro forma to analyze the construction of more than one home. I've contemplated adding that functionality to the model, but it is such a custom task that no template could really…
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Single Family Home Construction Pro Forma for Home Builders (Updated 12.29.2019)

I'm often asked to share models centered around residential development and home building. This is an area of real estate I'm completely comfortable in, since I spent the first 10 years of my career in new residential development. Not surprisingly,…
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Residential Land Development Pro Forma (Updated 12.18.2019)

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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Industrial Real Estate Development Model

Allow me to share my Industrial Development Model in Excel. Over the past year, I've been working to add more specialty real estate models to our library. While our All-in-One model certainly has its place, oftentimes really digging into the…
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Real Estate Equity Waterfall Model - IRR and Equity Multiple Hurdles (Updated 12.8.2019)

Over the years, this real estate equity waterfall with annual periods and IRR or Equity Multiple hurdles has been one of the most popular models in our library of real estate Excel models. It's been downloaded thousands of times and we've received…
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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…
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Analyzing a Real Estate Investment from the Perspective of an LP

We received a question from an A.CRE reader this week that I thought warranted a thorough response. The question was, and I paraphrase, "I am an LP looking for models to help vet syndication deals. Do you have any models that can be used…
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All-in-One (Ai1) Walkthrough #1 - Permanent Debt Tab (Updated Nov 2019)

In an effort to provide greater instruction on how to use our All-in-One Underwriting Tool for Real Estate Development and Acquisition, we've developed a series of walkthrough videos and posts on the methodology behind the various components…
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Using Conditional Formatting in Real Estate Financial Modeling

Your real estate financial models are only as good as their ability to be used by others. Or in other words, if others can't figure out how to use your model, it isn't worth much! So when building real estate financial model templates, besides…
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How to Prepare for the Real Estate Technical Interview

So you've made it past the HR screening interview. You have the education and experience the company is looking for, but now they want to be sure you possess the real estate financial modeling skills necessary to do the job. They've asked…

Preferred Return - Simple Interest vs. Compound Interest

A concept common to real estate partnership structures, preferred return refers to the preference given to a certain class of equity partners when distributing available cash flow. The preferred return is generally calculated as either a percentage…
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Single Family Residential Investment Analysis Model (Updated 11.11.2019)

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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A.CRE Self Storage Development Model (Updated 10.30.2019)

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…