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Public REIT Valuation Part 13: Debt

Welcome back to the real estate private equity case study series where we focus on the public REIT valuation of Aimco. Right now we’re building a net asset value (NAV) analysis, and in the last posts we knocked out gross asset value (GAV) and spoke to consolidation. This post will shift to focus on the …

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Preferred Note Case Study, Part Three: Distribution Waterfall

Real estate private equity case studies often ask you to model cash flow waterfalls. To the uninitiated, waterfalls can seem complex and obscure. But really, waterfalls just determine how investors split the pie when the money comes back around. Pay close attention here, because the skills taught in this post will apply to most every …

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Preferred Note Case Study, Part One: The Question

Introduction This real estate investment case study will challenge your ability to model capital structure and a returns waterfall. With practice, you should be able to complete this category of case study within 30-45 minutes. This post will introduce you to the question and go over some key terminology. At the end, we’ll challenge you …

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Developing Market Knowledge, Part 2: Data Sources

To get a job in real estate private equity, you need to master three things: You network as hard as possible and learn by speaking with professionals who make real estate equity investment decisions every day You have developed data-backed opinions on real estate markets, namely: what has happened in the past, what is happening …

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REPE Interview Prep: Hotel Pro Formas and Retail Leases

Introduction This series on interview prep exists to help you excel during interviews and crush any real estate investment case study. To make this the best real estate private equity course possible, respond to these questions as if you’re actually being interviewed. That means look away from your computer, don’t read or memorize the answer, …

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REPE Interview Prep: Accounting and Financial Statements, Part One

Accounting is the language of finance. Though you do not need an advanced CPA skill set, you must be familiar with GAAP and IFRS accounting. Certain real estate investment case studies may require you to tease out crucial information from financial statements. If you do not understand the information below, you are not prepared to …

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Real Estate Private Equity Model 101: Other Incentives

There are five primary tax incentives in real estate private equity that can boost returns in your real estate equity investment. Analysts should understand the mechanics of each so they can build effective real estate LBO models. Two of these incentives have been covered already: Property Tax Incentives and Sales Tax Incentives. Federal and State …

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Real Estate Private Equity Model 101: Integrating a Cost Segregation Study

As a real estate private equity analyst, you will build complex LBO models and be responsible for their completeness and accuracy. Depending on your employer or the specific fund, your model may take into account the effects of taxes on investment returns. If so, you may want to consider a cost segregation study for acquisitions. …

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Retail Real Estate Investment Case Study Challenge

We often receive requests for real estate investment case studies. Students want to prepare for job interviews as well as practice their skills for personal growth. In either event, case studies are a fantastic way to better your skills and launch into a career in real estate private equity. This case study will simulate a …

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The Five “Food Groups” of Real Estate Investment

Real estate assets are  divided into three major types: Residential, commercial, and industrial. NAREIT (National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts) tracks a dozen main property types in investment real estate and provides data on the returns realized in those property types (and several sub-types). Most REPE funds, however, focus on one of the five …

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