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In this fourth special episode of the A.CRE Audio Series, Sam, Spencer, and Michael discuss how to create a real estate portfolio with special guest, Brandon Taubman. Brandon is a data scientist and financial engineer with 15 years of experience within investment banking, sports analytics, and real estate. With Brandon's experience in a variety of …
 
In this third special episode of the A.CRE Audio Series, Sam and Spencer discuss self-storage data-driven strategies with special guess Drew Dolan. Drew is a Principal & Fund Manager at DXD Capital, a data-driven self-storage development company. Here at A.CRE, we've tried to create a wide array of cre content and one of the more recent areas we've…
 
In this special episode of the A.CRE Audio Series, we feature Scott Choppin, the CEO and founder of The Urban Pacific group of companies, a real estate development company based in Southern California. In this conversation, Spencer, Michael, and Sam consult Scott for his insights into the development side, as well as other things happening from an …
 
In this first special episode of the 3rd season of the A.CRE Audio Series, we feature Mark Rios, a real estate entrepreneur with a background in media. In addition to being an A.CRE Accelerator Graduate, he is the principal and co-founder of Prosperity CRE. Growing up in Hollywood, Mark planned for a career in the entertainment industry and spent 3…
 
Welcome to Season Three of the A.CRE Audio Series! In this season, I am joined by the creators of Adventures in CRE, Spencer Burton, and Michael Belasco. This season is the first chance Spencer, Michael and Sam had been able to get together in person since 2019, and so they decided to do something special. As opposed to past seasons, season 3 is fo…
 
As briefly mentioned in the last episode, before you can start sourcing deals and finding investment opportunities, you need a strategy and you need money. Episode 1 talked about how to develop a strategy. Episodes 4 and 5 talk about how to put together the capital required for closing a deal in real estate. Specifically, this episode addresses equ…
 
As far as deal-making, and deal doing are concerned. the last three episodes or so have been really focused on the making side. But making deals is great, but if you can't get them closed, they're not worth anything. In this episode, we're beginning to bridge over to the doing side. Episode 5 is the second part of putting together your capital stac…
 
Now that we've really dug into the details about deal-making in commercial real estate, it's time to get into the weeds concerning deal-doing. This episode talks about how to go about due diligence in CRE at a pro-level. Hear Michael's perspective on the three main things for keys to success in real estate due diligence. We'll talk about the big bu…
 
Now that we've discussed the strategy and capital behind deal-making, and the due diligence required in conducting deals, let's talk about how to manage your assets. Ultimately, this is the step where quite frankly, the value comes to reality. Both Michael and Spencer have been on the development side of the real estate business and this episode fe…
 
Welcome to the last regular episode of season 3, Deal Making and Deal Doing, from the A.CRE Audio Series. With both Michael and Spencer, today we talk about disposition. We're talking about bringing the whole thing full circle: realizing your profits and realizing your strategy. It seems like a very simple thing. If we've done everything up to this…
 
In this second episode of this special season of the A.CRE Audio Series, we're talking about how to create a strategy for deal-making and deal doing, the theme of season 3. Strategy is an important part of deal-making: before you can go out and identify deals, you need to have a strategy, a reason to pursue those deals. The strategy really is the f…
 
Now that we've talked about the strategy behind deal-making in commercial real estate, it's time to get into the actual deals! This episode of season 3 of the A.CRE Audio Series talks about how to actually source deals and identify investment opportunities and the relationships needed to properly find these real estate investment opportunities. You…
 
One of our biggest goals here at A.CRE is building a community and engaging with our readers. Recently, you've likely seen our posts on the A.CRE Networking Reboot Cruise. This cruise we're putting together is another effort to bring that community together, give value back to our readers, and allow us to interact in person in a more substantive wa…
 
This episode of the A.CRE Audio Series features Justin Smith, Senior Vice President at Lee & Associates and the author of Industrial Intelligence: The Executive's Guide for Making Informed Commercial Real Estate Decisions. In this episode, he sits down with Michael, Spencer, and Sam to talk about how to maximize value for tenants. A big thanks to J…
 
This episode of the A.CRE Audio Series features Caleb Staub, a Real Estate Investor and Construction Project Manager. In this episode, we ask Caleb's advice on how to transition into the commercial real estate field. A big thanks to Caleb for offering his knowledge to our viewers!By Adventures in CRE
 
In this episode of Accelerators in Action, we're so happy to feature Samuel Obasi, the current A.CRE Fellow. In this episode we talk about the opportunities that come with a Fellowship as well as internships and so-on. This is our 9th episode in a growing sub-series of interviews with commercial real estate professionals. This Accelerators in Actio…
 
In this episode of the A.CRE Audio Series, we're pleased to be joined by Johannes Peter, the Founder & CEO of TomoDomo Co-Living in Switzerland. TomoDomo provides Co-Living residences in Switzerland. Through Co-Living, TomoDomo's goal is for their residents to consciously share their living space in order to build relationships, think further, aim …
 
In this episode of the A.CRE Audio Series, we're pleased to be joined by Garland Fuller, a Diversity Recruiting Leader and Inclusion & Equity Strategist at CBRE. For this episode, we consult Garland on the best way to build a diverse team in the CRE profession. We're very grateful for Garland's willingness to share their knowledge with the A.CRE au…
 
With the events of 2020, networking in CRE has changed. In-place interactions have taken a necessary backseat to virtual connections. We all must adapt in order to advance our careers. In this episode of the A.CRE Audio Series, we’re pleased to be joined by Allison Weiss, Principal and Founder of CRE Recruiting. Allison offers excellent insights in…
 
Many of our content here at Adventures in CRE recently has been about career help and advice. This isn't accidental. With the current pandemic, we're doing our best to help our readers get through the recession. This episode features Jenn Cook, a Corporate Recruiter and Learning & Development Manager at Crow Holdings, and talks about various career…
 
One important aspect present in real estate more than any other industry is the need to shoot above your station. Alex Williams, a Financial Analyst at CBRE Capital Markets and our guest today exemplifies this. As just an intern in college, he cold-called and asked to speak with the CEO to close a deal. In this episode, watch as Sam asks Alex about…
 
Commercial real estate isn't the fastest to adopt the newest tech compared to other fields. Doing so, however, could increase returns, lower operating expenses, and reduce workload. In this Accelerators in Action episode, listen as Sam Carlson speaks on this topic with RE professional working to integrate tech with real estate, Justin Lia. Justin L…
 
We get a lot of questions here at Adventures in CRE about how to "get the first job." Many young professionals breaking into the market struggle to do just that. Jobs available often require experience and or connections - things that new professionals often lack. This episode features Julio Villalobos-Torres, an underwriting analyst at Freddy Mac'…
 
Being young and just out of college is a shared experience of many of our listeners. Breaking into the industry and continually evolving your career as a young professional is an important thing to know. This episode talks about exactly that. In this episode of the A.CRE Audio Series, Sam welcomes real estate associate and Accelerator graduate Greg…
 
Adventures in CRE has always had to goal to provide value to CRE professionals. Mike Strug, our guest speaker today, has a similar goal. This week we met together to talk about different pieces of advice for young CRE professionals. This episode talks about how to make connections as a just out-of-school CRE professional, how to network in a virtua…
 
Over the past few weeks, the Adventures in CRE staff have been updating and populating A.CRE with real estate education content, including profiles of some of the top undergraduate and graduate real estate programs in the United States. Though pursuing graduate education in real estate is a great option to further one's career, it's not completely …
 
For commercial real estate professionals in 2020, one social media platform is more important than all of the rest. That platform is LinkedIn, and it now serves as a long-form real estate resume, a virtual business card, and for many their online professional persona. So given its importance, we thought we'd spend a few minutes discussing LinkedIn …
 
We regularly respond to questions from A.CRE and Accelerator members as it relates to analyzing and evaluating real estate investment opportunities. Recently, in an Accelerator forum post a young professional marveled at how certain individuals in his office could look at a deal and within a matter of minutes make an assessment as to whether the de…
 
The real estate job market has changed dramatically over the past 3-4 months, with the market shifting from one that favored job seekers to one that now favors employers. In light of that shift, we're excited to welcome onto the A.CRE Audio Series one of the foremost experts in real estate careers: Kent Elliott of RETS Associates. Kent founded the …
 
In this episode of the Adventures in CRE Audio Series, we dive into the Masters in Real Estate decision. Specifically, we discuss for whom the Masters in Real Estate is ideal and share our thoughts on the benefits of this specialized degree. This discussion is a good complement to our two-episode discussion with Jim Spaeth in season one on the MBA …
 
Just like any skill in life, there are tips and tricks to learning that skill. Some suggestions are more helpful than others, although all contribute in some way. In this episode, we share one of the more valuable tips - what our marketing team has dubbed the "secret" - for learning real estate financial modeling. And what is that secret... wait fo…
 
At some point in their career, most real estate professionals choose to pivot. No matter whether that means making wholesale career change (e.g. transitioning into real estate from another industry), or simply moving from one property type to another, these career pivots can be difficult to navigate. In this episode of the A.CRE Audio Series, Sam w…
 
Commercial real estate professionals come from all backgrounds and all walks of life. Some start with the family business as a kid. Others study real estate in college and begin their career in the industry. But a large share of commercial real estate professionals start their careers in other fields, only to transition into real estate at some poi…
 
Many A.CRE readers are young professionals and college students trying to navigate the job market in a recession. Finding a job in commercial real estate amidst the craziness of the COVID-19 pandemic can be challenging, especially for those with little to no experience in the industry. In this episode, we speak with Matthew Farrell, someone with di…
 
A lot of incredible real estate professionals have gone through the A.CRE Accelerator and we think sharing their stories will add value to your career. In this episode of the A.CRE Accelerators in Action series, Sam talks with Craig Cadwallader about what he has learned throughout his extensive career in real estate. In this episode, Craig shares h…
 
Commercial real estate is the business of building, leasing, managing and selling space. And the demand for and how that space is used is largely a function of human psychology and behavior. With the human-psyche turned on its head due to COVID-19, how we use and interact with space is going to change forever. And that change will greatly impact th…
 
A lot of incredible real estate professionals have gone through the A.CRE Accelerator and we think sharing their career stories will add value to your career. In this episode of the A.CRE Accelerators in Action, Sam talks with Terry Kipp, a Senior Investments Associate at a family-owned real estate investment company. Terry's career story is one of…
 
In this special episode, Michael, Spencer, and Sam discuss there experience going through the Great Recession of 2008. As part of that discussion, they share insights and lessons learned from that time. They then offer advice, especially to those who are dealing with difficult financial or career circumstances and asking the question, what do I do …
 
In this special episode, Michael and Spencer discuss the changing work environmental in commercial real estate. More specifically, with the entire CRE workforce currently performing their duties remotely on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, a paradigm shift in how work is done in CRE is underway. Listen as Michael and Spencer imagine a world where …
 
Welcome to Season Two of the A.CRE Audio Series! On this episode, I am joined by the creators of the Adventures in CRE website, Spencer Burton and Michael Belasco. Today we are talking about thoughts and feedback from season one and diving into what to expect in season two. We are so thankful for all of our listeners and your support of season one.…
 
Welcome to the A.CRE Audio Series! On this episode, I am here once again with the creators of the Adventures in CRE website, Spencer Burton and Michael Belasco. Today we are talking about return metrics, pitfalls and potential. During this episode, we also discuss common misconceptions and how to take these return metrics and look at them together.…
 
Welcome to the A.CRE Audio Series! On this episode, I am here once again with the creators of the Adventures in CRE website, Spencer Burton and Michael Belasco. We are also joined by our guest today Ron Rohde. Ron Rohde is a seasoned commercial real estate attorney practicing in Florida and Texas. He has over 10 years of experience with commercial …
 
Welcome to the A.CRE Audio Series! On this episode, I am here once again with the creators of the Adventures in CRE website, Spencer Burton and Michael Belasco. Today we are talking about A.CRE's new Real Estate Legal selection with Ron Rohde. We jump into the legal elements and how they coincide with the financial or deal level analysis. We also t…
 
Welcome to the A.CRE Audio Series! On this episode, I am here once again with the creators of the Adventures in CRE website, Spencer Burton and Michael Belasco. Today we are joined by Ben Stevens to talk about the birth of a LIHTC building. Ben Stevens is a project manager for a real estate development firm in Chicago. He holds an MBA in Real Estat…
 
Welcome to the A.CRE Audio Series! On this episode, I am here once again with the creators of the Adventures in CRE website, Spencer Burton and Michael Belasco. Today we have a special guest Ben Stevens. Today we are actually continuing a previous conversation. We are picking up where we left off from the last episode with Ben. Towards the end of B…
 
Welcome to the A.CRE Audio Series! On this episode, I am here once again with the creators of the Adventures in CRE website, Spencer Burton and Michael Belasco. Today we are joined by Jeff Wittenberg. Spencer and Jeff have known each other for a while. Jeff has a good idea of what employers are looking for as well as insight for candidates to have …
 
Welcome to the A.CRE Audio Series! On this episode, I am here once again with the creators of the Adventures in CRE website, Spencer Burton and Michael Belasco. Today we are joined by an awesome guest, Alex Zikakas. Alex is the president and founder of capstone advisors, launched in 1996. Capstone is a diversified asset development and asset manage…
 
Welcome to the A.CRE Audio Series! On this episode, I am here once again with the creators of the Adventures in CRE website, Spencer Burton and Michael Belasco. Today is part two of our interview with Alex Zikakas. During our conversation we dive into Alex’s brain and discover what he looks for when making a deal. It’s really important that you are…
 
Welcome to the A.CRE Audio Series! On this episode, I am here once again with the creators of the Adventures in CRE website, Spencer Burton and Michael Belasco. When the A.CRE Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator started we had a hypothesis about how to help people learn financial modeling in the shortest amount of time possible. It has been …
 
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