Real Estate The sky’s the limit with big picture guidance

The cyclical nature of the real estate industry 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 all markets.

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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 funding 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.

Sector Experience

  • Commercial
  • Office
  • Retail
  • Industrial
  • Hospitality
  • Health Care
  • Residential

Future Focused Resourcefulness

  • Evaluation and structuring of real estate syndications
  • Analysis of financing alternatives
  • Litigation support and expert witness testimony
  • Facilitation and fostering of relationships through our extensive network of buyers, sellers, investors, syndicators, developers, brokers, lawyers and other real estate professionals
  • Tax planning for the Qualified Business Income (QBI) deduction and the limitation on business interest
  • Real estate acquisition, including choice of entity
  • Disposition planning including like-kind exchanges, reverse swaps and Opportunity Zones
  • Analysis of federal, state and local credits and other incentives
  • Valuation of 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
  • Planning and preparing federal, state and multistate tax returns for real estate entities and individual owners
  • Financial statement audits, reviews and compilations
  • HUD audits and compliance
  • Common Area Maintenance (CAM) audits
  • Percentage rent audits
  • Mortgage broker audits
  • Construction Cost Certifications
  • Agreed upon procedure engagements
  • Fraud investigations and forensic accounting
  • Forecasts and projections for syndication
  • Condominium Turnover Audits
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Inside Public Accounting Recognizes ORBA as a 2022 Top 200 IPA Firm
ORBA, one of Chicago’s largest public accounting firms, has been recognized as a 2022 IPA 200 Firm by INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA). Debuting on the list in 2013, this is the eight year that ORBA has made the list of the country’s Top 200 Firms. ORBA is ranked #119 on the list in the annual report – up from #131 the previous year. 

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ORBA will gladly provide you with hard copies of the useful guides listed below. Select which guides you would like to receive and submit the form below.

  • Tax Pocket Guide
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