Real Estate & Construction blog


By Noel Clehane and Erik Van Den Broeck | 08 November 2017

The EU Commission ruling: a contradictory viewpoint with significant implications

Recently, the European Commission announced via a press release that it would be referring Belgium to the EU Court of Justice, on the grounds that the country’s restrictions on accountants offering services in related disciplines are incompatible with the EU Services Directive...


By Wayne Basford | 30 August 2017

A train crash is imminent as global Real Estate & Construction accountancy teams continue to ignore the IFRS 15, 9 and 16 ‘triple whammy’

This time last year, BDO Global posted a blog entitled ‘New IFRS standards 9, 15 and 16 set construction and real estate accountancy teams their greatest challenge in decades’. One year on, we now ask, how have RE&C companies done? Why have so many RE&C companies failed to...


By Sebastian Stevens | 07 August 2017

M&A Horizons - Business Pragmatism Trumps Political Uncertainty

Each quarter BDO’s Mergers & Acquisitions team analyses global deal activity across a number of regions and selected sectors around the world; we offer you a satellite view of how the M&A market is evolving - and where it appears to be heading.


By Sebastian Stevens | 20 June 2017

Sustainability in real estate: is it easy to be green?

With flooding on the rise in the UK and Europe, and Trump’s recent decision to back out of the Paris Accord (a decision that was swiftly followed by massive floods in the state of Missouri), the battle against climate change is certainly a hot-button issue. In the global real...


By Ophir Zilbiger | 08 May 2017

It's time for the Real Estate & Construction sector to wake up to cyber risk!

In 2016 cybercrime cost the global economy over $450 billion; over two billion personal records were stolen and, in the US alone, more than 100 million people had their medical records stolen.Thanks to attacks like this, cyber security is a real concern because all businesses...


By Nidhi Seksaria | 27 March 2017

What's trending in Real Estate? Spotlight on India

Each quarter, BDO USA spotlight real estate industry trends and happenings in key international markets. For Spring, we spoke with Nidhi Seksaria, BDO India’s Real Estate & Construction leader. India is on the brink of major changes, including the nation’s first REIT offering,...


By Erik Van Den Broeck | 21 March 2017

Beyond the shops: rejuvenating retail

With the rise of e-commerce and changing consumer demands, traditional retail has been forced to develop and adapt its offering. The impact of this on the global retail market has been massive: retail offerings have become more complex, providing shoppers with an experience...


By Eugenio García | 08 March 2017

Urban Land Tax declared partially unconstitutional by Spanish courts

The Spanish Constitutional Court (hereinafter, “the Court”) issued a Judgment on 16 February 2017 in which it declared the tax commonly known as “plusvalía municipal” as partially in breach with Article 31.1 of the Spanish Constitution.The Urban land value increase tax (“ULVIT...


By Ian Shapiro | 13 February 2017

PropTech - is 2017 the year things change for the property industry?

2017 is set to be the year the floodgates open for PropTech in the global REC sector, and we’ve looked at some key technologies you should be keeping an eye on in the industry this year.


By Russell Field | 21 December 2016

2017 Predictions for the international real estate market

With the new year fast approaching, BDO’s international real estate team have been considering the worldwide real estate market.  We’ve drawn together the significant trends from some of BDO’s key geographical markets that our partners think are likely to carry into 2017.