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Real Estate Group

Over the last several years, the unprecedented volatility in all areas of real estate has created many challenges for owners, operators, developers, syndicators, brokers, management companies and others.  But this vibrant market also presents tremendous opportunities for those who have the knowledge, intelligence, wherewithal and creativity to take advantage of improving markets.  Whether you are struggling to rebound from a deal that is not performing up to your expectations, looking to maximize the return on your investment, or hoping to access new sources of financing or equity for your new project, our Real Estate Group professionals have the industry knowledge, depth of understanding, experience, relationships and resources to help you find creative solutions to even your most vexing issues.

ORBA’s Real Estate Group understands the challenges, trends and risks inherent in today’s market.  Our dedicated advisors help you address accounting and assurance challenges, tax compliance and planning issues, and strategic planning questions.  We serve more than 1,000 real estate clients and are experienced in all sectors of the industry including residential, commercial, office, retail, industrial, hospitality, health care and ancillary services.  We take pride in delivering a hands-on, proactive, entrepreneurial approach that allows our clients to benefit from our in-depth knowledge and industry expertise.  We are committed to understanding each client’s business, assessing their needs, and developing solutions to help them meet their personal and business goals.

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Audit and Assurance Services

In conjunction with ORBA’s audit group, our Real Estate Group provides expert and efficient audit and assurance services to our real estate clients.  In addition to performing standard financial audits, reviews and compilations, our audit professionals work closely with management to enhance the internal accounting function, strengthen internal controls and provide reports that are helpful to all stakeholders.  In addition to standard attest services, our professionals also perform the following specialized assurance services:

  • HUD audits and compliance
  • Common Area Maintenance (CAM) audits
  • Percentage rent audits
  • Mortgage broker audits
  • Condominium Turnover Audits
  • Construction Cost Certifications
  • Agreed-upon procedure engagements
  • Fraud investigations and forensic auditing
  • Forecasts and projections for syndication

Tax Compliance and Consulting

The tax environment in the real estate industry is extremely complex and constantly changing.  Our real estate team stays informed of new developments in the industry as well as changes in the tax laws and regulations through participation in high-level training and membership in related trade organizations. Communicating with you through presentations, newsletters, blogs and alerts, we keep you on top of the opportunities and challenges that impact your business. 

Our broad range of consulting and advisory services include:

  • Real estate acquisition, including choice of entity
  • Disposition planning including like-kind exchanges and reverse swaps
  • Analysis of federal, state and local credits and other incentives
  • Valuation of real estate and closely-held real estate entities
  • Estate and financial planning for real estate owners, investors, developers and other professionals
  • Distressed real estate consulting, including foreclosures, workouts and other restructuring alternatives
  • Lease analysis for both landlords and tenants
  • High-level advice regarding home ownership

Other Consulting Services

The expertise of ORBA’s Real Estate Group extends well beyond traditional accounting, tax compliance and tax planning services. You can also call upon our seasoned group of professionals to provide:

  • Litigation support and expert witness testimony
  • Evaluation and structuring of real estate syndications
  • Analysis of various financing alternatives
  • Facilitation and fostering of relationships through our extensive network of buyers, sellers, investors, syndicators, developers, brokers, lawyers and other real estate professionals

At ORBA, we care about you and your business. As your trusted real estate advisor, we are committed to adding value wherever we can, whenever you need us.

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