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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Updated June 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 regularly updating and adding to the Accelerator. Since launch,…
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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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Modeling a Property Tax Abatement in Real Estate

We often field questions around how to model property tax abatements. This is a concept we've addressed in our All-in-One forum and a question around valuing property tax abatements came up recently in our A.CRE Accelerator Advanced Concepts…
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A.CRE 101 - Using Dynamic Data Validation Lists in Real Estate Modeling

One Excel feature real estate financial modeling professionals use often is the data validation list. Where data validation is a method of limiting the possible inputs of a cell, the data validation list limits those inputs to a pre-defined…
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Real Estate Equity Waterfall Model with Catch Up and Clawback (Updated 4.2.19)

A question came up recently in the A.CRE Accelerator's real estate waterfall modeling course regarding how to model GP Catch Up and LP Clawback provisions. I put together a quick video tutorial in response to that question, and in doing so I…
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Create a Dynamic Real Estate Chart in Excel

Most of the real estate financial models we've shared over the years are dynamic to analysis period. Meaning, we've included an input to adjust the length of the analysis period, and the model will adjust the results accordingly.This is…
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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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Hold-Sell Analysis in Real Estate

In course 3 of our A.CRE Accelerator, we use a case study that revolves around a hold-sell (i.e. hold vs sell) analysis scenario to teach the anatomy of the real estate DCF. In that scenario, the student is an asset manager working for an open-end…
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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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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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Quick Tutorial: Add Line Items to OpSt Sheet in All-in-One

I was recently asked the question whether it's possible to add more other income or operating expense line items to the MF-OpSt or ORI-OpSt worksheets in my All-in-One Model for Underwriting Acquisitions and Development. Short answer is: out…
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A Few Indispensable Keyboard Shortcuts for Moving Quickly Around Excel

The more time you spend modeling real estate in Excel, the more important keyboard shortcuts become. It's partly about speed - using keyboard shortcuts is much faster than using the mouse. But it's also about impressing your peers; whether you…
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A.CRE Hotel Valuation Model in Excel (Updated 01.03.19)

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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Tutorials For The Hotel Valuation Model (Updated 01.03.19)

Welcome to the A.CRE Hotel Valuation Model's Tutorial Page. On this page you will find all the tutorials for the A.CRE Hotel Valuation model in Excel. There is a lot to learn within this model and over time, I'd like to show you both how to…
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Excel-Based Restaurant Selection Tool for the Overly Indecisive

We're celebrating some much deserved time off from work, and so what better way to spend the time than to make a completely unnecessary (but fun!) Excel model. I call this the indispensable Excel tool for the overly indecisive, and it's basically…