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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Updated June 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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Convert Monthly Cash Flows to Quarterly and Annual Cash Flows

Over the past few years, I've been working to build an ARGUS DCF alternative in Excel - or otherwise known here as the A.CRE All-in-One (Ai1) Model. As I've worked on that model, I've been jotting down modeling techniques I use and think would…
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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…
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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,…
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DateDif: The “Secret” Excel Formula

For one reason or another, there is a perfectly functioning and pretty valuable formula that can be utilized in Excel that Microsoft has chosen to exclude from Excel's list of functions: the DateDif function. This function is a valuable…
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Create A Dynamic Revenue Row to Calculate Multiple Tenant Leases

I recently received an email from one of our readers asking how to create a dynamic revenue row for a pro forma that can capture rent changes for multiple tenants. I thought that this would make a great post for the site and would be a good…
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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,…
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Hide and Unhide Tabs using Drop-down Menus in Excel

I'd like to share a handy little trick I learned this week for hiding and unhiding tabs in Excel using drop-down menus. Now this method requires you to use some basic VBA code and to save the Workbook as a Macro-Enabled file but don't be intimidated…
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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…
Circuit Breaker - Fix Circular References Errors in Excel
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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…
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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.…
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Formulas I use to Create the Period and Date Rows at the Top of a Monthly Cash Flow Report

We've spent a lot of time here discussing and sharing different real estate models, and we've received a ton of feedback from our readers as a result. In some of that feedback we've received, several people have asked what period and date rows I…
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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…