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

Demystifying real estate financial models

Real Estate financial models are mainly spreadsheets used extensively as an aid in decision support in the areas of property investment and lending. These spreadsheets will ascertain the present value of a stream of cash flows and generate risk / return ratios. How do I create a real estate financial model? Being proficient in real … Continue reading Demystifying real estate financial models

5 Things Highly Productive Financial Analysts Do Differently

Being a highly productive financial analyst is not an innate talent; it’s simply a matter of organising your spreadsheets so that you can efficiently get the right calculations and analysis done. Real estate financial analysts in particular... So, what behaviours define highly productive financial analysts?  What habits and strategies make them consistently more productive than others?  And … Continue reading 5 Things Highly Productive Financial Analysts Do Differently

The benefits of SUMPRODUCT?

By Victor Alarsa If you are one of those who loves to model using lots of “IF”, “AND” and “OR” functions, then this article is for you. Let’s discuss the SUMPRODUCT, which literally means summing up the multiplication (product) of two or more different arrays. For example, if you want to calculate total rental value … Continue reading The benefits of SUMPRODUCT?

An overview of the “UK-complex-housing-planning-permission-system”

By Victor Alarsa Who’s responsible for granting planning permissions? The planning system is designed to be applied by local authorities. There are three layers of authorities: Nationally (national plan) County councils (regional plan) Unitary authorities such as districts, boroughs or city councils, hereafter referred as to Local Planning Authority (LPA) LPA is ultimately responsible for … Continue reading An overview of the “UK-complex-housing-planning-permission-system”

The UK Private Rented Sector (PRS) perspectives and Build to Rent (B2R) opportunities

By Victor Alarsa The PRS is the fastest-growing sector in the UK properties market. It is England’s second-largest housing tenure after owner occupied, 62% against 20%, as shown below: Source: Alex Bate, Building the new private rented sector: issues and prospects (England), 2017 Since 2010 the private rented sector has provided more than one million … Continue reading The UK Private Rented Sector (PRS) perspectives and Build to Rent (B2R) opportunities

London: Density vs. Price, Challenges & Opportunities

By Victor Alarsa (valarsa@cambridgerefinance.com) & Maria Wiedner (mwiedner@cambridgerefinance.com) We are living in the age of the City. Larger and denser cities are likelier to be more innovative and generate more wealth. For instance, as the population of a city increases by 100%, its residents get 115% more innovative, productive and hence 15% wealthier1. This attracts … Continue reading London: Density vs. Price, Challenges & Opportunities

RICS and Cambridge Finance collaborate to bridge the skills gap between real estate and finance

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is delighted to announce a collaboration with Cambridge Finance to develop a comprehensive training course that will help bridging the gap between real estate and finance education. The growing sophistication of the property and financial markets has meant that investment surveyors have not only been requested to advise … Continue reading RICS and Cambridge Finance collaborate to bridge the skills gap between real estate and finance

How to prepare for a real estate financial modelling 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 is used as a … Continue reading How to prepare for a real estate financial modelling test

How to convince your boss to pay for your financial modelling training

More often than not employees find themselves trapped in a situation where they know they could do a better job, but just don’t have the right skills to implement more efficient routines. Training seems to be the key to solve their problem. However, there is always that question: “Should I pay for my training or … Continue reading How to convince your boss to pay for your financial modelling training