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Value-Add Real Estate: What Makes It Different, and Why You Should Invest – Maybe

Along with core real estate, value-add real estate, also known as “value-added real estate,” is one of the main categories in the sector. It’s one of the many strategies that real estate private equity firms use to acquire, operate, improve, and sell properties. And it’s the strategy that almost sounds too good to be true. […]
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Core Real Estate: What It Is, and How to Explain It in Real Estate Interviews

When you dig into real estate financial modeling and real estate market analysis, you’ll come across the term “core real estate” all the time. It’s one of several strategies that real estate private equity firms (and other types of investment firms) follow to acquire, operate, and sell properties. “Core” is considered the safest strategy and […]
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The Complete Guide To Commercial Real Estate Market Analysis

When I was researching topics to write about earlier this year, “real estate market analysis” came up repeatedly. I went down the rabbit hole of repeatedly searching for this topic and quickly concluded that peoples’ ideas of “market analysis” are wildly different. In real life, you could debate the exact meaning, especially if you consider […]
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What is Real Estate Financial Modeling (REFM)? Acquisition, Renovation & Development Case Studies

When it comes to real estate financial modeling (REFM), there’s a ton of information out there… …which, ironically, makes it harder to understand. It can be nearly impossible to find one source that clearly explains the key points from start to finish. We have a 222-page guide to the topic in our Real Estate Financial […]
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The Real Estate Pro-Forma: Full Guide, Excel Template, Explanations, and More

If you want to understand a company, look at its financial statements – and if you want to understand a property, look at its pro-forma. Many websites and textbooks describe the real estate pro-forma as a “cash flow projection” for a property. While that description is accurate, it’s more useful to think of the pro-forma […]
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How to Break into Real Estate Debt Funds, from Senior Lending to Mezzanine

A few years ago, I pointed out that there was very little information about real estate private equity online. But one area has even less information: Real estate debt funds. Part of that is because interview guides and articles focus on equity-related buy-side roles. But it’s also because real estate is specialized, and few people know it […]
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Commercial Real Estate Brokerage: Make Millions Without Suffering Through Investment Banking First?

So, let me take a wild stab at your future career goals here: You want to make a lot of money… And ideally own a building or 3 with your name on them one day. And while you wouldn’t mind working the killer hours required in investment banking, you’d like to avoid it if at […]
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