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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Updated Sep 2021)

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…
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Residential Land Development Pro Forma (Updated Apr 2021)

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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Best Practices in Real Estate Financial Modeling (Updated Mar 2021)

Before you use one of our real estate financial models (i.e. Excel templates), or before you set out to build your own real estate analysis tool in Excel, it's important to keep in mind a few real estate financial modeling best practices. This…
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Single Family Home Construction Pro Forma for Home Builders (Updated Mar 2021)

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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Keyboard Shortcuts I Use Constantly When Modeling in Excel (Formatting)

The more you model real estate in Microsoft Excel, the faster and more accurate you become - and hopefully as a consequence the more valuable you become to real estate employers and investors. Part of the process of mastering real estate financial…
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Refinance Risk Analysis Tool in Excel

Generally speaking, equity real estate investors spend their time modeling the upside while their debt partners spend their time modeling the down side. Equity investors generally focus on an investment's internal rate of return, cash-on-cash…
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Using Boolean Logic to Model Multiple Generations of Tenant Improvements

Arguably the most powerful, and least appreciated and understood, functionality in Excel is its use of boolean logic. Or in other words, the use of TRUE and FALSE binary logic. This form of logic can be used to dramatically simplify formulas…
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Mixed-Use Development Model: Condo and Retail (Updated Feb 2021)

In this post, I walk you through the A.CRE Mixed Use Development Model for Condo and Retail projects. The model is basically a reworked and expanded version of the Condo Development Model, so if you are familiar with that, this should feel and…
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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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Condominium Development Model (Updated Feb 2021)

After posting the construction draw module 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. This condominium…
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Create Printable and PDF Reports in Excel for Real Estate Financial Modeling

A common question we've been getting recently is, how do I create printable reports from a real estate financial model in Excel? In this written and video tutorial, I share the three basic steps for creating printable and PDF reports in any…
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Real Estate Acquisition Due Diligence Checklist

Most of the Excel tools we share on Adventures in CRE are real estate financial models, but occasionally we'll venture into building other CRE-related tools. Over the past several months, I've been working on a real estate acquisition checklist…
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Real Estate Development Due Diligence Checklist

Last year, I shared a Real Estate Acquisition Due Diligence Checklist that was quite popular. Soon after its release, we began getting requests for a similar tool, but for development deals. So allow me to share a Real Estate Development Due…
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Apartment Acquisition Model with Monte Carlo Simulation Module (Updated Jan 2021)

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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Using Excel’s New LAMBDA Feature to Create Custom Functions for Real Estate Financial Modeling

In December 2020, Excel rolled out a new featured called LAMBDA as part of the Office Insiders (i.e. beta) program. This feature allows the user to create custom functions, which can greatly reduce duplicative formulas and reduce errors. Well…
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Multifamily (Apartment) Acquisition Model (Updated Dec 2020)

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…