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Underwriting a Construction Loan – Summary & Wrap Up

This is the sixth and final  post in our ongoing real estate private equity case study on how a construction loan is underwritten by potential lenders.  This installment will provide a deal summary and a wrap up that includes a cautionary tale about construction lending.  To read the previous posts in the series, click on …

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Sector Series: Self Storage

Executive Summary / “TLDR” The U.S. self storage industry got started in the 1960s in the state of Texas, where most homes lack basements (and thus extra storage space). Self storage units back then were simple boxes with garage-like doors that locked. The industry has evolved somewhat since then, with large, multilevel structures housing indoor …

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Sector Series: Multifamily (Part 2)

Note: If you have not already read Part 1 of the Multifamily Sector Series, you may want to start there. Part 1 provides a basic overview of multifamily real estate, including categories of multifamily, market characteristics, and historical performance. We cover the basics for those new to real estate private equity, but also dig into …

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Sector Series: Multifamily (Part 1)

Executive Summary / “TLDR” The multifamily or apartment sector is the “core-est” of the core real estate sectors and has attracted a wide range of real estate investors. Over the long-term, the sector has proved itself with strong performance, good liquidity, and a straightforward operating model. One differentiating factor versus other sectors is that the …

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Sector Series: Hotels (Part 2)

Note: If you have not already read Part 1 of the Hotel Sector Series, you may want to start there. Part 1 provides a basic overview of hotel real estate, including categories of hotels, important industry terms, and a discussion of hotel seasonality, EBITDA margins, and capex. We cover the basics for those new to …

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Sector Series: Office (Part 2)

Note: If you have not already read Part 1 of Office Sector Series, you may want to start there. Part 1 provides a basic overview of office real estate, including types of office buildings, factors that determine asset quality, and a discussion of office leasing and office capex. We cover the basics for those new …

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Live Case Study #1, Part Six: Formatting

Introduction You’ve probably begun to sense a bit of rhyme and reason to my formatting. If it isn’t clear, I’m an absolute nut when it comes to consistent formatting. I am always inventing new tricks on my real estate private equity career path, but I make sure every trick slots into my preferred schema. Models …

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REPE Interview Prep: Waterfalls and Sensitivities

This series serves as a real estate private equity guide for live interviews. The response to each question is phrased exactly how we would recommend you respond during a live interview. After reading this article, you will have a high-level understanding of two concepts that are likely to appear on any real estate private equity …

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REPE Interview Prep: Leasing Fundamentals

Leases are fundamental to real estate. They drive revenue and greatly determine private equity real estate returns. Yet how much do you understand the basics of each type of contract? After reading this article, you will be able to: (i) quickly differentiate between triple-net, double-net, single-net, and full-service leases, (ii) explain the risks and benefits …

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REPE Interview Prep: Accounting and Financial Statements, Part Two

Part one of this series covered the basics of accounting: (i) the three most common financial statements, (ii) major line items on each financial statement, and (iii) how the three statements flow together. This article extends those lessons to focus on: (i) the nuances of the direct and indirect method of the cash flow statement, …

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