Property Development: is this the right time to invest?

Making predictions Predicting the property market, when it is at its peak or its lowest is difficult. However, for a property developer, the time is right if they can mitigate risk. In order to make informed and effective decisions, developers need to have a deep understanding of their market. It is the length of the … Continue reading Property Development: is this the right time to invest?

How to prepare for a real estate financial modelling test

Request a sample test First, we need to understand what a financial modelling is so we can keep this in mind throughout the test and better accept why companies are asking us more and more to go through Excel tests in order to proceed to the next round of interviews. Financial Modelling in real estate … Continue reading How to prepare for a real estate financial modelling test

How can training help mental health?

Recent forced periods of isolation have brought mental health to the forefront. Always an important issue but we have all had too much time to reflect and enforced isolation has caused much of this thinking to be inwards. I am not a mental health professional, this blog comes from personal experience. We have been blessed … Continue reading How can training help mental health?

Roadmap out of Lockdown

As Boris Johnson announced his roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions, we look at how Cambridge Finance has navigated the pandemic and how we are converting this experience to bring best in class training for all our delegates. Training before Covid-19 Prior to lockdown, all of Cambridge Finance courses were delivered face to face in central … Continue reading Roadmap out of Lockdown

Co-Living – what is it and why is it gaining in popularity?

Co-living is where three or more tenants, not from the same family or household, share living accommodation. This scenario is common in cities such as London where the cost of living is high. Other advantages of co-living are reduced utility costs as this is shared among the tenants or included in the rent and the … Continue reading Co-Living – what is it and why is it gaining in popularity?

What does a financial analyst do?

There are several types of financial analysts, one size does not fit all! The day-to-day tasks of financial analysts may differ greatly, however, the skills these professionals need are often very similar. Here are four examples of financial analysts: Portfolio managers A portfolio manager is responsible for the supervision and the necessary support of a … Continue reading What does a financial analyst do?

Why has the government encouraged training whilst on furlough?

The government rules for staff whilst on furlough have been strict, and incorporate the following: You cannot ask staff to do any work that makes money for your business or any business linked to yours, orprovide any service for your business or linked to your business However, your staff can: Take part in trainingvolunteer for … Continue reading Why has the government encouraged training whilst on furlough?

Financial Modelling – What, Why & How?

At Cambridge Finance we train professionals in the construction, development and analysis of financial models. We believe this is a hugely valuable skill in real estate and the financial industries. Why? Please read further. What? Before delving into why we need financial modelling, let us first look at a definition. A financial model is a tool (typically … Continue reading Financial Modelling – What, Why & How?

Valuation in crisis – Art versus Science – The Science View

The Science View on Valuation Estimating Property Values in Times of Significant Uncertainty In times of Covid-19 pandemic, property market or fair values are harder than ever to estimate. Valuers desperately trying to find enough ‘evidence’, but property is an illiquid asset by definition and as such, transactional evidence disappears during periods of market unrest. … Continue reading Valuation in crisis – Art versus Science – The Science View

Valuation in crisis– Art versus Science – The Art View

The Art View on Valuation The life of a valuer is pretty tough at the best of times, even with the benefit of good comparable evidence. This is because valuers are carrying out transaction analysis in the most imperfect market that exists. This is why valuation is often described as both an art and a … Continue reading Valuation in crisis– Art versus Science – The Art View