Construction & Real Estate

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  • CRM systems offer intriguing benefits

    Spring 2021
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 432

    Abstract: Customer relationship management (CRM) systems offer many benefits to businesses, including stronger customer relations, service and retention. This article explains how CRM systems may be most valuable to construction companies in managing the business development process and focusing a company’s limited resources on winnable, profitable projects.

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  • Vetting subcontractors is more important than ever

    Spring 2021
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 545

    Abstract: General contractors must work hard to recover from project shutdowns/slowdowns caused by the pandemic and capitalize on what could be a stronger economy ahead. In this environment, vetting subcontractors for quality work and financial stability is more important than ever. This article reviews some basic tenets of prequalification.

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  • Is your buy-sell agreement up to date?

    Spring 2021
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 665

    Abstract: A buy-sell agreement is a critical tool for owners of closely held construction companies. To be effective, however, construction business owners need to review it periodically and, if necessary, modify its language to reflect changing circumstances. This article explores the importance of scrutinizing the valuation provision, which establishes the purchase price for a departing owner’s shares.

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  • Tax planning – Don’t forget about the CAA

    Spring 2021
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 941

    Abstract: The Consolidated Appropriations Act was signed into law on December 27, 2020, providing relief to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to reducing 2020 tax bills, the act provides several tax benefits for 2021. This article covers highlights that contractors should know about. A sidebar notes that expenses paid with Paycheck Protection Program loan proceeds are deductible.

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  • How to use smart technologies smartly

    May / June 2021
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 402

    Abstract: In response to buyer and tenant expectations, many owners and developers are now regularly incorporating smart technologies in their projects. But buyers and tenants understandably also have expectations regarding cybersecurity measures. This article reminds real estate professionals that while the risks are real, they can be significantly reduced with forethought and vigilance.

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  • Appropriations law addresses PPP forgiveness, tax treatment

    May / June 2021
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 534

    Abstract: The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), signed into law in late December 2020, allocated additional funding for forgivable loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) — for both first-time and so-called “second-draw” borrowers who’ve been hit by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also includes several critical provisions related to loan forgiveness and tax treatment that should be of interest to all PPP borrowers. This article highlights the latest information.

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  • Applying for construction loans today

    May / June 2021
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 639

    Abstract: As the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, real estate investors and developers may need construction loans. This article provides an overview of the financial and nonfinancial information that lenders will consider as they evaluate loan applications.

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  • 2020 case roundup – How the IRS challenges conservation easement charitable contributions

    May / June 2021
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 834

    Abstract: Conservation easements can provide a useful vehicle for achieving both tax planning and charitable goals. But it’s not unusual for the IRS to question the validity of charitable contribution deductions based on the easements. In three 2020 cases, the IRS argued that deductions weren’t permissible because the easement deeds didn’t protect the conservation purposes in perpetuity, as required by federal tax law. This article summarizes the results. And a brief sidebar reviews the Tax Court evaluation of facade easements.

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  • 4 considerations when assessing your accounting system

    May / June 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 446

    Abstract: It’s more important than ever for construction companies to leverage their accounting software to stay solvent, compliant and competitive. This article offers four points to consider when determining whether an accounting system needs an upgrade: project needs, remote access, integration and vendor support.

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  • The “Construction Manager as Constructor” delivery method

    May / June 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 540

    Abstract: Design-bid-build and design-build are still the two most common project delivery methods in construction. Alternative models, however, are gaining in popularity. This article explores the Construction Manager as Constructor model, which engages the general contractor during the design phase but with some key differences from design-build.

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  • Should you partner up with a PEO?

    May / June 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 667

    Abstract: Most construction companies excel at their stated purpose. Where many struggle is with “other stuff” such as recruiting and hiring, payroll processing, and employee benefits and workers’ compensation. This article explores the benefits and risks of partnering with a professional employer organization to better manage employment-related tasks.

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  • The research credit – Get more from innovation with this tax break

    May / June 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 943

    Abstract: Construction companies may not view themselves as “cutting-edge innovators” in the vein of software developers or medical researchers. But contractors can qualify for the research credit to substantially lower their tax liability. This article explains how the rules define qualified activities and expenses when claiming the credit. A sidebar reminds readers of another valuable tax break: The Employee Retention Credit.

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  • 6 hot trends in construction apps

    Spring 2021
    Newsletter: On-Site

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 429

    Abstract: Thanks to mobile technology, contractors can store vital project information on their smart phones and tablets for easy access and sharing on the go. With the understanding that any technology purchase (even a free download) should be thoroughly researched and carefully considered, this article identifies six of the hottest trends in construction apps right now.

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  • Managing an offsite construction project

    Spring 2021
    Newsletter: On-Site

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 526

    Abstract: Given recent events related to COVID-19, “offsite construction” appears to hold more promise than ever for the building industry. However, managing one of these projects calls for a high level of coordination among stakeholders and a seamless workflow from the front office to the fabrication facility to the jobsite. This article examines some of the finer points of managing an offsite construction job.

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  • Do you need a refresher on the latest details of the PPP?

    Spring 2021
    Newsletter: On-Site

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 671

    Abstract: For contractors, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been a double-edged sword: It’s provided helpful funds but also been difficult to manage. With the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) late last year, both edges of the sword got sharper. This article provides a refresher on some key details of the CAA’s impact on the PPP.

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  • Real estate ownership – The ins and outs of CAP rate for contractors

    Spring 2021
    Newsletter: On-Site

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 907

    Abstract: Many contractors build and build but never get to the easy part of construction: owning that well-built piece of property and collecting rent. Commercial rental properties with established tenants tend to be more stable investments than residential rental properties. This article examines how to use capitalization rates to establish commercial owner-lessor profitability for a purchasing decision. A sidebar suggests ways to get started on buying such properties.

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