Real Estate & Construction blog


By Andrew Crossman | 15 August 2018

Taxing UK property gains of non-residents

The UK has one of the most complex tax codes in the world, clocking in at more than 10 million words. Earlier this month, draft legislation for capital gains tax for non-residents on UK property was published - adding at least another few thousand words to that total. In a...


By Alexandre Amper | 31 May 2018

With Brexit looming, can the Swiss model provide answers for the Real Estate & Construction sector?

Despite the prolonged uncertainty surrounding post-Brexit arrangements, investment in the real estate and construction industry has not stalled, with only 14% of the UK businesses in the sector putting their investment on hold.


By Tzipora Shore | 14 March 2018

Bond Issuance in Israel

Raising capital is becoming increasingly difficult as interest rates and property prices rise quicker than wages. In the corporate world, investors are looking for new ways to raise the capital required for their investments. Enter Israel.  


By Russell Field and ANNA SIMMONS | 07 March 2018

A global REIT regime to encourage long-term growth

Increasingly, REITs are viewed as the global standard for investors seeking exposure to property as an asset class. But, worldwide, REITs regimes differ; BDO Global conducted a survey of 35 companies from across the globe to find out how REIT leaders hoped the sector would...


By Russell Field | 27 December 2017

What is facing the global real estate market in 2018?

Globally, real estate markets are being impacted by numerous different social and economic influences – from housing crises in the UK and in the Netherlands to political activity in the US. The result is real estate markets that are showing signs of slowing down. Yet in other...


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.


By Sebastian Stevens | 14 December 2016

Traditional REITs are back on top in Australia

Australian Real Estate Investment Trusts (A-REITs) delivered another strong performance in the 2016 financial year, with ‘traditional’ commercial property trusts returning the top 10 in the annual BDO A-REIT Survey.The survey now in its 22nd year, ranks the S&P/ASX 200 A-REIT...


By Arjan Endhoven | 17 November 2016

The Silver Lining: The impact of an ageing population on the global property market

Better nutrition, economic well-being, sanitation and healthcare have meant that we are living longer than ever before. In many places, the ageing population has highlighted issues of independence, or perhaps more correctly, dependency. These issues are illustrated by trends...


By ANNA SIMMONS | 27 October 2016

BDO Spain create a specialist Real Estate advisory unit with the addition of two experts from Knight Frank

BDO Spain have created a specialist Real Estate advisory unit with the addition of two experts from Knight Frank. Alberto Prieto leads the new division and José Manuel Sánchez will develop the property analysis and valuations department.


By ANNA SIMMONS | 07 October 2016

BDO Real Estate at EXPOReal 2016

An overview of our time at EXPOReal 2016, and a look at our bavarian themed event at the Munchen Hofbrau Haus on October 5th.


By Gerard Rahman | 29 September 2016

Real Estate to the rescue! Less reliance on oil is stimulating investment in to Middle Eastern Real Estate

Find out how a less oil reliant, diverse economy in the gulf states and middle east is helping to stimulate investment in Real Estate and new developments. By diversifying the middle eastern economy away from oil, we have seen investment in community buildings such as race...


By Wayne Basford | 31 August 2016

New IFRS standards 9, 15 and 16 set construction and real estate accountancy teams their greatest challenge in decades

Accounting for revenue in the real estate, property and construction industries involves many unique challenges - from dealing with complex bundles of interrelated goods and services, to vendor guarantees and financing. But recent activity by the IASB has put yet more...


By Russell Field | 24 June 2016

UK vote to leave the EU in a historic referendum. What does this mean for Real Estate investments?

The world’s eyes are on the UK following a monumental vote to Leave the EU in June 23 referendum


By Hira Sharma | 06 June 2016

The OECD’s BEPS Project

At BDO’s recent International Tax Day, held in London last month, we addressed some of The outcomes from the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (‘BEPS’) initiative, and the sectors that may be particularly affected. In terms of real estate investment, there are a number...


By ANNA SIMMONS | 16 May 2016

Putting people first continues to bring in the best talent

Attracting the best talent takes more than just impressive numbers. An excellent global reputation and high growth figures are certainly appealing to potential new hires, but in order to draw top talent, companies must go beyond spreadsheets, dollars and pence and offer...


By ANNA SIMMONS | 11 January 2016

BDO REC specialists make predictions for the Asia Pacific Market in 2016

At the end of last year, we surveyed Real Estate partners from 14* of our Asia Pacific member firms for their opinions on the Asian Real Estate market in the year to come. Partners from Malaysia, India, Singapore and China then analysed the survey results and have drawn the...