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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Updated Apr 2021)

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. Over the years, we've covered hundreds of real estate modeling topics in our blog,…
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Real Estate Equity Waterfall Model – IRR and Equity Multiple Hurdles (Updated Apr 2021)

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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Single Family Residential Investment Analysis Model (Updated Apr 2021)

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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Calculate Residual Land Value in Excel

Here's the scenario. You're a real estate developer. You spot a prime parcel of land that would be perfect for your real estate project. So you approach the owner of the land about selling and she says, "Okay, bring me an offer." How much do…
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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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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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Real Estate Equity Waterfall Model – Monthly Periods (Updated Jan 2021)

When I decided to share my real estate equity waterfall model in Excel, I never imagined it would be as popular as it has. The model has been downloaded thousands times and many of you have written to extend your thanks for sharing. It is gratifying…
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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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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…
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Simple Acquisition Model for Office, Retail, Industrial Properties (Updated Dec 2020)

A few years back, on a sleepy Saturday afternoon while my kids were busy eating Halloween candy, I decided to create a simple real estate acquisition model in Excel for office, retail, and industrial deals. Since then, I've made various…
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Construction Draw and Interest Calculation Model (Updated Nov 2020)

I originally uploaded this equity/construction loan draw and interest calculation tool to our library of real estate financial analysis models in 2016. Over the years, I've continued to update it as suggestions, comments, and requests…
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Forecasting After-Tax Cash Flow in Real Estate Analysis

When modeling real estate investments, industry practice is generally to stop at before-tax cash flow. And this makes sense in most instances. No two owners of real estate have the exact same tax situation and no two properties necessarily have…
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Real Estate Acquisitions Model #2 for Office, Retail, Industrial (Updated Aug 2020)

I've decided to do a major overhaul of my last acquisitions model for office, industrial, and retail properties. There were a lot of things I wanted to change as well as add to the model and finally had a weekend to do it. This new and improved…
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Real Estate Portfolio Valuation Model (Updated Jul 2020)

I built, and would like to share, a real estate portfolio model for valuing a portfolio of up to 30 properties. This is a "roll-up" model, meaning you will need to model your unlevered (before financing) property-level cash flows in a separate…