The real estate industry has long been instrumental in shaping the daily lives of Canadians. It has fostered the vision and entrepreneurial spirit that have defined the skylines of our cities and created the spaces in which we live, work and entertain. As one of Canada’s brand-defining asset classes, real estate has provided an unparalleled opportunity for investors to participate in the creation and ownership of exciting developments, while generating cash flow and building wealth.

Capitalizing on such opportunities involves navigating a changing landscape and managing risk. The shifting economic environment, integrating new technologies, complying with government regulation, reacting to consumer sentiment, and meeting evolving stakeholder demands increase the need for insights, continuous innovation and nimble strategies.

At KPMG, we collaborate with real estate and construction organizations to capitalize on the opportunities presented by the dynamic real estate landscape. Our multi-disciplined real estate practice has been built through a persistent effort of more than 40 years to forge one of the largest and strongest full-service providers in the industry. Our team has the knowledge and experience to help you. Contact us today to see how.

How we can help

With our cross-functional capabilities and breadth of services, KPMG can help you maximize value, master new technologies, drive digital innovation, gain insights from your operational data and stay on top of regulatory changes, including ESG. We combine this advice with our long-standing knowledge in structuring transactions, addressing regulatory and financial reporting requirements, assessing real estate strategies and providing general business advice, all supported by our robust legal capability to help balance your growth objectives with proper risk management and corporate governance.

Our real estate and construction practice serves public, private, entrepreneurial, institutional and international clients who own, operate and develop real estate in all asset classes in Canada and abroad. We have built one of the nation’s largest real estate practices, and our audit, tax and advisory professionals have the industry experience, technical skills and regulatory background to help your organization reach your full potential.

By combining our in-depth knowledge of the Canadian industry with the global reach of KPMG International’s member firms, we help our clients address today’s complex issues while maintaining focus on the opportunities of tomorrow through various accounting, tax and consulting services. Here are just some of the services we offer on the issues that matter most to you.

Our integrated tax team can help you determine the optimal tax structure and understand the tax implications of holding, buying, and selling real estate. From addressing tax legislative changes to identifying tax efficient planning opportunities, our specialists support our clients through various tax services including Canadian and US corporate tax, transfer pricing, personal tax, and wealth preservation. In addition, our legal specialists are integrated into our tax team and can help in every aspect of the real estate deal lifecycle.

As a leader in real estate audit and financial reporting, we assist clients with their financial accounting, regulatory, and compliance reporting requirements under all relevant frameworks. Whether it’s understanding new accounting standards or accounting for complex transactions, our audit and accounting advisory professionals can help you organize your financial reporting processes and ensure your accounting operations match the objectives of your business.

KPMG’s integrated team of asset management, legal, tax, corporate finance and valuation professionals are experienced at assessing asset specific and overall portfolio value creation options, pursuing informed and transparent investment, disposition and joint venture strategies, and obtaining competitive financing.

Whether it’s helping accelerate decarbonization plans, identifying metrics for ESG reporting, or developing a social impact investing strategy, our professionals can help embed ESG practices into every stage of the property lifecycle and build ESG considerations into your portfolio.

Our integrated finance transformation processes provide an analytics-driven framework that can help improve performance and transparency, enhance decision-making, and enable better use of capital in the finance function. From digital strategy and transformation, cloud integration, and the incorporation of new PropTechs and ConTechs, our technology consulting specialists can implement a robust technology strategy to transform organizations into digitally enabled businesses engineered for profitable growth.

We help real estate organizations unlock the value of their data, enabling them to make better, faster and more confident business decisions. Leveraging the latest data analytics, intelligent automation and artificial intelligence technologies, our team can deliver tailored solutions to help clients with their business goals, including gaining greater control over asset operations within their properties and across their portfolios.

Our valuations team works collaboratively with our core audit team to assess the fair value of your real estate portfolio. By adopting a holistic valuation approach, our team of certified appraisers can service any engagements that require a valuation element, including tax, legal and financial reporting. Whether your needs are local or international, our sophisticated, tailored valuation techniques can help you make optimal decisions for your business.

Our cyber security professionals help create a resilient and trusted digital world in an age where data is drastically increasing through the rise of smart buildings and interconnected technologies. In addition to assessing your cyber security and aligning it to your business priorities, our team can help create advanced cyber programs, challenge and validate your defensible security posture, and help detect and respond effectively to cyber incidents.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

KPMG in Canada combines the responsiveness of a small firm with the strategic perspective of a large global network to serve our real estate clients. We’ve built one of the nation’s largest real estate practices, comprising audit, tax and advisory professionals who focus exclusively on this industry.

Our specialists have a proven track record of supporting real estate clients in the implementation of their growth strategies throughout Canada, the U.S. and globally. We have experience in areas such as complex accounting, tax advisory, real estate strategy, due diligence, M&A, transaction advisory, capital asset planning, development feasibility, real estate valuation, finance function transformation, cyber security and ESG.

At KPMG, we collaborate with real estate organizations to capitalize on the opportunities presented by the dynamic real estate landscape. Our multi-disciplined real estate practice has been built through a persistent effort of more than 40 years to forge one of the largest and strongest full-service service providers in the industry. Our team has the knowledge and experience to help you.

We have dedicated extensive resources to becoming one of the leading service providers to real estate clients. We have the resources and capabilities—embodied in our experienced professionals—well-established processes, industry knowledge and thought leadership, and an extensive Canadian, U.S. and global network to meet client needs. We understand the industry on the local, national and global levels.

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