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Real Estate Accounting Made Easy


A hands-on guide to the ins and outs of real estate accounting—made easy!

Boiling down the complicated details of real estate accounting into manageable essentials, Real Estate Accounting Made Easy equips you with the tools you need to successfully run the financial and accounting operations within your organization.

Always practical and never over-technical, this helpful guide:

  • Discusses straightforward accounting terminology

  • Clearly explains real estate accounting

  • Covers the characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of entities in which real estate assets are held

  • Equips you to understand the reporting entity

  • Helps you become conversant in various real estate accounting topics

Author Obioma Anthony Ebisike, a leading authority on real estate accounting, offers workable information in basic terminology. Even if you do not have a professional grasp of accounting principles and financial reporting, this book makes it all clear with accounting rules explained in terms anyone can understand, to help you better fulfill your duties.

Suitable for investors, analysts, accountants, and auditors, Real Estate Accounting Made Easy is your essential guide for a clear, concise explanation of real estate accounting finance.

OBIOMA ANTHONY EBISIKE, CPA, MS, has over ten years' experience in the accounting industry, both in the audit and real estate fields. He is currently a controller at a New York-based inter-national real estate investment firm, and was a former audit and advisory services manager with Deloitte & Touche LLP. He has provided accounting training to his accounting and finance team and led discussions on the impact of emerging accounting rules and regulations.
About the Author.


Chapter 1 Introduction to Real Estate.

Types of Real Estate Assets.

Common Industry Terms.

Chapter 2 Basic Real Estate Accounting.

History of Double-Entry Bookkeeping.

Types of Accounts.

Accounting Methods.

Recording of Business Transactions in the Accounting System.

Journal Entries.

Basic Accounting Reports.

Chapter 3 Forms of Real Estate Organizations.

Sole Ownership.

Common and Joint Ownership.


Joint Ventures.


Limited Liability Companies.

Real Estate Investment Trusts.

Chapter 4 Accounting for Operating Property Revenues.

Types of Leases.

Revenue Recognition.

Lease Classification.

Additional Cost Recoveries.

Operating Expenses Gross-up.

Contingent Rents.

Rent Straight-Lining.

Modification of an Operating Lease.

Sublease of Operating Lease.

Chapter 5 Accounting for Operating Property Expenses.

Operating Costs.

Chapter 6 Operating Expenses Reconciliation and Recoveries.

Most Common Recoverable Operating Expenses.

Most Common Nonrecoverable Operating Expenses.

Calculating Tenant Pro-Rata Share of Expenses.

Chapter 7 Lease Incentives and Tenant Improvements.

Lease Incentives.

Tenant Improvements.

Tenant Improvement Journal Entries.

Further Comparison of Lease Incentives and Tenant Improvements.

Differences in Cash Flow Statement Presentation.

Demolition of Building Improvement.

Chapter 8 Budgeting for Operating Properties.

What Is a Budget?

Components of a Budget.

Chapter 9 Variance Analysis.

Sample Operating Property Variance Analysis.

Salient Points on a Variance Analysis.

Chapter 10 Market Research and Analysis.

Market Research Defined.

Market Analysis Defined.

Market Research: Practical Process.

Chapter 11 Real Estate Valuation and Investment Analysis.

What Is Real Estate Valuation?

Approaches to Real Estate Valuation.

Chapter 12 Financing of Real Estate.


Debt Financing.

Other Financing Sources.

Types of Loans.

Debt Agreements.

Financing Costs.

Relationship Between a Note and a Mortgage.

Accounting for Financing Costs.

Chapter 13 Accounting for Real Estate Investments and Acquisition Costs.

Methods of Accounting for Real Estate Investments.

Purchase Price Allocation of Acquisition Costs of an Operating Property.

Chapter 14 Accounting for Project Development Costs on GAAP Basis.

Stages of Real Estate Development Project.

Postdevelopment Stage.

Chapter 15 Development Project Revenue Recognitions.

Full Accrual Method.

Deposit Method.

Installment Method.

Reduced-Profit Method.

Percentage-of-Completion Method.

Cost Recovery Method.

Chapter 16 Audits.

Audit Overview.

Types of Audits.