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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Updated May 2022)

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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4-Tier Equity Multiple Waterfall – Download and Watch Me Build (UPDATED APR 2022)

Here is a simple, yet very powerful, 4-tier equity multiple waterfall module. This post contains both a completed version of the module ready to plug into a real estate financial model as well as a 'Watch Me Build' template and companion video…
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3 Tips for When You’re Unhappy in Your Current Job

As a CRE recruiter, I often get questions from people who are unhappy in their current job. This is a very common situation for people to have - in both commercial real estate and in other fields. However, I want to let you know that this isn't…
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Wordsmithing your Commercial Real Estate Resume

Are you questioning what’s on your commercial real estate resume? Don't overlook the tip I discuss below to help land the interview. The goal of your resume is to get an interview. So, if you are sending a bunch of resumes out, but not…
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How to Gain a Unique Advantage in your Post-College Job Search

Here’s the status quo for most college students. You find yourself balancing a social life, 12+ hours of school, extracurricular activities, athletics, jobs, unexpected life curveballs, and parents’ high expectations for you. For those of…
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Pro Forma For Multifamily Renovation (Updated 11.17.2021)

I'm excited to share the Pro Forma for Multifamily Renovation model with all of you. This multifamily renovation model is made to analyze value add apartment acquisition opportunities and has a lot of functionality that is meant to provide you…
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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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LIHTC (Low Income Housing Tax Credits) Overview and Calculator

Below is an overview of how LIHTC (low income housing tax credits) are calculated and applied to affordable housing projects. At the bottom of the post you will find downloadable excel files that correspond with the videos. LIHTC - An Overview LIHTC…
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Roll Up Your Monthly Cash Flow Line Items Into Annual Periods Using Only One Formula For The Whole Sheet

While building out my hotel development model (currently underway), I decided to take a break and record a video about how I roll up the monthly cash flow line items on my Monthly Cash Flow sheet into annual cash flow line items on a separate…
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Deep Dive: Careers in Commercial Real Estate

The real estate industry is enormous. In the United States alone, over 3.7 million jobs are tied to commercial real estate, 13% of GDP comes from the real estate industry, and the aggregate value of U.S. commercial real estate is approximately…
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Through The Entitlement Process: Identifying Risks and Strategies For Mitigation

Investing in and developing an unentitled site, broadly speaking, is one of the riskiest, yet rewarding, endeavors in the commercial real estate industry. The entitlement process, in particular, is fraught with the potential for setbacks and…
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MBA or MRE? Why I Chose to Get Both and Some Considerations for What Might Be Right For You

Ever since Spencer wrote his post about why he chose to do an MRE as opposed to an MBA or a dual Master’s degree, I have been asked a lot by our readers about why I chose to go for both an MBA and MRE. Below I will discuss my rationale and…
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All About Cap Ex

In this post, we are going to take a deeper look into capital expenditures. What it is and how we account for it in cre underwriting. Capital expenditures, commonly referred to as Cap Ex, are expenses that occur outside of normal operating…
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Deep Dive: The IRR and XIRR – Fully and Simply Explained (Part 2)

Part 2: The XIRR (Click here for Part 1 where we cover the IRR) This is Part 2 of our A.CRE Deep Dive - 2-part mini-series on the IRR and XIRR return metrics and functions in Excel. As stated in Part 1, these are some of the most commonly…
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Deep Dive: The IRR and XIRR – Fully and Simply Explained

For my next post, I thought I would bring it back to some fundamentals and review the IRR and XIRR return metrics and functions in Excel. These are some of the most commonly used functions and return metrics in commercial real estate and they…