Real Estate

Determine the avenue of your success

Having a vision for the future

Real estate professionals create more than properties. Developers are innately visionary, seeing the future where others see only open land, or blight. You have a vision for your company as well, and it is likely requiring every ounce of your commitment and business savvy to see it through. In the post-bubble real estate environment, only the strongest are surviving.

To make it in this industry, you need an accounting firm with the strength to support your goals, and the fortitude to help you expand your business opportunities. You need a team who will go to the mat for you. Clark Schaefer Hackett’s Real Estate Group is that team.

We offer you an edge. Our experience provides you a blueprint for improving and growing your company. For several decades our advisement of the area’s most prominent real estate developers has resulted in higher profits, excellent cash-flow, attractive taxing situations, and – when needed – beneficial mergers, acquisitions, and ownership transfers.

Strengthening Your Business

Good business decisions are based on a clear understanding of your company’s finances. We’ll help assess your financial picture, and set your expectations for growth. But we’ll also strategize operational changes that can make that picture more attractive to lenders. Our group is well recognized in the real estate industry, and we have collaborative relationships with financial institutions that can benefit you.

Our financial services include:

  • Tailored assurance services: financial statements, audits, reviews & compilations
  • Financing strategies, including attracting capital and evaluating loan proposals
  • Cash flow analysis and budgeting
  • Assistance in accounting and tax ramifications of debt restructuring
  • Review and implementation of internal control and cost accounting procedures
  • Advisement on business opportunities, managing financial risk, and planning for long-term financial success

Minimizing Your Tax Burden

Our group has specialized knowledge of the U.S. tax code, especially the unique opportunities written specifically for the real estate industry. We can help you reduce the considerable business cost of taxation, while taking care of necessary reporting and compliance.

Our tax services include:

  • Local, state, and federal tax return preparation, including planning and consulting for businesses and individuals
  • Tax restructuring
  • Representation before taxing authorities
  • Pre-development tax structuring and ownership plans
  • Tax credit and deduction advice, including affordable housing, historic, green, and new-market
  • Section 1031 like-kind exchanges and other tax deferral mechanisms
  • Tax planning and accelerated write off methods
  • Tangible Property Regulations

Managing Your Operations

To stay on top of your game, your business should be constantly evaluating itself and looking for improvement. Our experience in the real estate industry has taught us which processes and systems work. We will be your resource for best practices, throughout the real estate life cycle: from concept and development to property management. And we’ll help you measure and evaluate what is working – and what isn’t – so you can advance your business.
Our operational services include:

  • Project feasibility studies
  • Purchase price and project cost allocation
  • Distressed real estate transactions; troubled asset debt modification
  • Procedural controls integrated with real estate accounting
  • Benchmarking and trend analysis
  • Financial projections and budgets
  • Employee benefit plan administration, audits, and consulting
  • Affordable Housing program audits and compliance
  • Attracting capital and capital structuring

Weathering Disputes

We’ve got your back. We can assist you and your attorney in difficult situations: tenant contract disputes, claims, litigation, and even default. We’ll provide forensic accounting, expert testimony, schedule and delay analysis, as well as audited data or financial statements. We will be a strong and steady resource as you weather any storm.

Making the Most of Your Life’s Work

Rely on us when it’s time to acquire another company, merge with a peer business, sell the organization, or transfer it to the next generation. As trusted advisors to privately held businesses across the region, we are experts in M & A transactions and succession planning. Certified business valuators will determine organizational worth. Skilled tax professionals will structure a tax-efficient transaction.

Working With a Firm that Fits

Clark Schaefer Hackett fits your organization because we bring the insight and experience of a real estate industry insider, while offering the fresh perspective of a business outsider.

Our clients include:

  • Commercial real estate developers
  • Industrial real estate developers
  • Residential real estate developers
  • Real estate investors
  • Property operators
  • Management companies
  • Real estate investment funds

Real Estate Guidance

At CSH, we’re not just accountants; we’re leaders, authors, speakers and association members. Our professionals have deep real estate expertise, and share their insights for the good of our clients and the industries we serve.

Upcoming Conferences

Check back soon to see the events at which we’ll be guests, sponsors and speakers. We’d love to connect with you there.

Upcoming Webinars

Our webinars keep you in-the-know on business-critical trends and issues. Check back shortly to see upcoming topics.

How Can We Help You?

With a vast array of solutions to meet the needs of growing businesses, individuals and families, the question isn’t if we can help but how.

Real Estate Team

We offer best-in-class technical expertise and services, but it’s the quality of our professionals that set us apart. At CSH, relationships matter, and we believe creating supportive, helpful, working relationships is perhaps the most valuable talent we offer. How can we support you? Contact one of our team members below or explore our searchable page of all firm professionals.