Real Estate

Real Estate

Most accounting firms serve clients in the real estate industry, but lack the operational experience to consult at a higher level. What real estate companies really need is an advisor who has been on their side of the table. At Richey May, our real estate team has operational experience in the industry, having participated in the disposition, acquisition and financing of billions of dollars of real estate in the U.S. and internationally. We understand the decisions you make every day because we have made them, too. That direct experience, combined with deep technical accounting and tax knowledge, gives us the insight to help you develop effective strategies that work for your business.

Our specialization in the real estate industry spans over 25 years, serving a diverse and extensive client base. Whether you are a real estate investor, developer, builder, manager or broker, we have the expertise to guide you through the multifaceted areas of planning, development, financing, management and operations. Success in real estate requires long-term strategic planning of day-to-day business operations, and our team is here to make sure your strategic goals are met. Let the team at Richey May help you navigate today’s real estate market.


Richey May is committed to staying on top of current trends and hot topics within your industry. As part of that commitment, we offer a number of resources to help our clients stay ahead of the competition.

  • Richey May Articles

    All About Opportunity Zones and Qualified Opportunity Funds

    Attention real estate investors: if you’re considering new development in a qualified “Opportunity Zone,” keep reading. Under the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, new incentives are offered for investments within certain low-income areas in major metropolitan areas across the U.S.


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    Is the Time Right for Land Banking?

    A lively shift in future demographics predicts significant population growth in Colorado in general and the Front Range in particular. That growth, combined with other market anomalies, suggests a robust market for single family homes on the horizon. No matter the type of housing that will be needed to meet this demand, one thing is certain: development land will be required to support it. Those who control the development land will be in a position to benefit and a tax efficient structure will only compliment the business proposition.


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  • 2015 Predictions/Current Events Checkup

    At the beginning of 2015, we issued predictions of various real estate metrics and covered numerous other tax and real estate topics throughout the year. In the following article, we evaluate the results of our predictions and issue an update on some of the other topics with recent developments.


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  • Public-Private Partnerships – Tax Considerations

    Most real estate development deals of any significant scale require some kind of government assistance in order to work. Further, deals with issues like environmental risk or other special circumstances require such assistance as well. When benefits of some kind are shifted from the public domain to private use there is a presumption of taxable income for tax purposes. There are methods to eliminate the taxable income transfer, but the deal has to be structured properly to enjoy their benefits.


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Industry Services

Industry specific services we offer our real estate clients include:


Accounting and Assurance Services


  • Forensic accounting for due diligence
  • Outsourced accounting services
  • Interim or outsourced CFO assistance
  • Project and operational budgeting, cash flow analysis
  • Real estate investment reviews
  • Lease audits
  • Internal audits

Tax Planning and Compliance Services


  • Tax-deferred transactions, including like-kind exchanges and condemnations
  • Partnership tax compliance and timely delivery of K-1s
  • Allocation of basis
  • Capitalization policy review
  • Tax compliance and economic analysis of partnership agreements
  • Federal and state tax planning
  • Cost segregation analysis
  • Tax credits
  • Estate and gift tax planning
  • Capital gain planning

Advisory Services


  • Litigation support
  • Valuation services
  • Assistance with deal structuring and analysis
  • Business valuations
  • Operational and business reviews
  • Succession planning
  • Non-judicial debt restructuring (workout) services

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