Creating Real Estate Value: Respond Strategically to Financial Reporting Changes

Creating Real Estate Value: Respond Strategically to Financial Reporting Changes


November 2008

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Financial Accounting Foundation are working together to tweak existing standards and opine on conflicting rules and make changes to the US's Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to morph with the International Fianancial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Due to the nature of the changes, real estate executives may find the timing unfortunate during this period of market fluctuation. This article examines the biggest changes ahead for owners and lessees of real estate; this year's implementation of FASB 157 ad the potential reclassification of operating leases as capital leases.

Keywords: standards, FASB, Financial Accounting Standards Board, GAAP. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, International Financial Reporting Standards, IFRS, capital lease

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