Excel For Commercial Real Estate: Custom Cell Formatting

Yes, you can typically get around customizing a cell, but often at the cost of increased error input, transcription error, and time. So if it takes only a minute of your time to become a custom cell expert, consider it a very generous tradeoff. Most of us are aware of the standard available formats as seen below, but what if …

“We’re Busy!” – The No-Excuse Affirmation

Well, I guess we’ll start with thank you. Thank you for trusting us, thank you for keeping us busy. But as you’ve noticed, we’ve fallen a bit behind on our blogging and tweeting. We’ve learned that consistency is often more valuable than “being the best” in any business relationship, so it’s about time we’ve followed suit. This is our re-referendum …

Net Present Value: Accept or Reject?

photo credit: vivalars This is a beginner’s guide to Commercial Real Estate Analysis, so let’s cut the technical fat and get straight to the point. Recall the following posts: Time Value of Money – If you were offered ‘$100 in the future’ or ‘$100 today’, you would prefer the money today.  Why? Because at that specified moment in the future, the …

How to Spot 4 Commercial Real Estate Billionaires: Nature (Conclusion)

As we wrap up our four-part series featuring the unique qualities of Commercial Real Estate Billionaires, we remember the vision it takes to build super communities and super wealth, the courage it takes to remember your vision and believe in your own capability, the action it takes to move your beliefs forward, and finally, we summarize with the basic nature …

How to Spot 4 Commercial Real Estate Billionaires: Action (Part 3 of 4)

A personal favorite and a slight diversion from the series, the third installment of How to Spot 4 Commercial Real Estate Billionaires features Sam Zell, the 60th richest person in America, weighing in at $4.4B. Rather than underwrite Sam myself, I’ll let him tell the story in the following interview transcript on Jan. 27 2011, Sam Zell’s “Advice to Entrepreneurs”: …

Future Value: Project, Forecast, Predict, Magic Eight Ball

  photo credit: b-randy Project, Forecast, Predict, Estimate, Magic Eight Ball… there are many ways to tackle a value in the future, but in terms of financial analysis, Future Value is the gold standard (gold is now trading at $1507/oz, so we must assume it’s valuable). As an Analyst in the world of Commercial Real Estate modeling, I can’t begin …