The Real Estate Financial Modeling Interview Exam Guide


Want to land a six-figure job in private equity real estate investing?

According to CEL & Associates, Inc., the 2020 median total compensation for an acquisitions associate in retail, office/industrial, and multifamily was $137K, $143K, and $121K, respectively. This course will teach you the core fundamental Excel financial modeling skills necessary to land one of these jobs and succeed in your first commercial real estate investing role.

The opportunity in private equity real estate investing careers is HUGE. Top-tier salaries and bonuses, the ability to invest in big deals, and, unlike investment banking, a work-life balance that will general allow you to keep your friends and family and sleep more than 3 hours per night.

But breaking in isn’t easy. In fact, many of these jobs require a real estate financial modeling interview exam to test your knowledge and ability to contribute from day one.

Yup, that’s right. Writing “proficient in Microsoft Excel” on your resume won’t cut it for these roles. The best firms (the ones you actually want to work for) will likely test your real estate financial modeling chops with a timed exam.

These firms want to know your knowledge and skill sets in five main categories:

  1. Microsoft Excel Formulas & Functions
  2. Real Estate Finance
  3. Commercial Real Estate Lease Modeling
  4. Cash Flow Statement Modeling
  5. ARGUS Export Modeling

This exam is usually the last “gatekeeper” for the most coveted private equity real estate investing analyst and associate jobs at multifamily, retail, office, and industrial investment firms.

This course will teach you how to ace that exam.

This is NOT a beginner course. If you’re just starting out in real estate investing and real estate financial modeling, this course likely isn’t for you.

BUT if you have a basic understanding of real estate investing and real estate financial modeling and you’re either applying for jobs or preparing for an interview at a real estate investment firm, this course will give you an unfair advantage to land the job you’re looking for and stand head and shoulders above your peer group.

I’m not really sure why, but it feels like this information is hidden. While investment banking analysts and other professionals generally know what they’re getting into with an interview exam, real estate financial modeling exams generally feel like Pandora’s box.

When I was interviewing for jobs, no one could seem to tell me what I had to know.

I honestly didn’t even know where to look.

So, after taking multiple of these exams, and actually creating these exams for incoming analysts and associates, I decided to create this resource for anyone looking to break into the real estate private equity field.

You can do this.

You just need to be prepared and KNOW what you’re going to be asked ahead of time, and HOW you should answer those questions.

Firms are looking for a THOUGHT PROCESS and MODELING EFFICIENCY – and you’re going to learn how to master both of these things in this course.

Here’s what some of our students have had to say:

★★★★★ “Unbelievable value for money. It feels like I just accomplished an MBA in Real Estate Finance.”

★★★★★ “Justin is a very clear instructor who can explain complex topics and formulas with ease. I have learned a ton from all of his courses and hope to use them to enhance my own career path! I highly recommend this course for anyone who is looking to sharpen their excel / real estate financial modeling skills and break into real estate investing.”

★★★★★ “This course greatly helped as a refresher when interviewing for a large institutional Lending position. It also enabled me to be much more efficient in my modeling.”

★★★★★ “Justin’s classes are very clear and he drills the parts that you need to know continuously. It is also helpful that he continues to say the keyboard shortcuts so that you remember them.”

★★★★★ “Awesome. Great way to end your programme of courses. I feel like I’ve definitely gone from a from scratch beginner to probably at the advance intermediate stage now. Many thanks for all your help in putting all these videos together!”

If you’re ready to build your real estate financial modeling arsenal so you can tackle any questions that come your way on interview day, click the enroll button to get immediate access to five institutional-quality real estate private equity interview exams, with in-depth walk-throughs and explanations every step of the way.

See you on the inside.

Who this course is for:

  • Current or aspiring real estate investment professionals who want to increase their compensation and land a better job in real estate finance
  • Real estate investment job candidates who will be tested in real estate financial modeling during their interview


  • Access to Microsoft Excel for PC or Mac
  • A basic understanding of real estate finance and financial modeling is recommended

Last Updated 1/2021

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