From the conceptualization of your real estate development project through construction, CFOs2GO has the industry experience and expertise to guide your operation through the minefield of financial risks and can supply any staffing you need.
Real Estate Development
Real estate development requires expertise to manage critical accounting and finance functions involved in acquiring, financing, planning, entitling, closing and reselling real property for development. Moreover, one must handle local regulatory issues such as below market rate commitments, rent control, redevelopment, gentrification and other political winds. The process of identifying and acquiring an interest in real property for development entails costs long before there is revenue. From concept design to location/entity selection and investor funding to hiring architects, engineers and other professionals, to negotiating and acquiring sufficient interest in the property, CFOs2GO provides the essential accounting talent, financing expertise and staffing to guide you through the stages of a project. Budgets are essential to both investors and the project team and actual expenditures must track the approved budget. Our consultants are experts in budgeting, forecasting and investor relations. As entitlements are obtained, we assist in the accounting and financing aspects of transferring subdivided interests, recognizing revenue and profit, and reporting to investors.
Once construction starts, a whole new list of financial and staffing complexities come into play. Construction companies operate in an environment driven by on-time, on-budget and happy customer metrics. In the relentless pressure to deliver on these metrics, financial management breakdowns occur because of under-investment in the accounting and finance functions while the focus is outward on customer relations and revenue production. Breakdowns can show up as lax or inefficient internal controls that permit or cause errors, miscues between project management and accounting departments, missed obligations such as late payment to subcontractors or suppliers, late or inaccurate pay applications, reports to lenders, government agencies or upper management, or untimely and inaccurate financial statements and other data to outside users. These breakdowns can even threaten the very existence of the business from theft of critical business assets, mechanics’ liens or stop notices, tax liens, labor or insurance audits or forbearance letters. In addition, evolving technology, government regulations, increasing costs, financing opportunities and project complexity require you to stay nimble and capable in an increasingly competitive environment. Consequently, experienced financial leadership helps you manage that evolving landscape.
Whether your company is a small home builder, specialty contractor, supplier, or a large commercial, industrial or public works contractor, you are driven to produce financial returns and sustainability. Our practice group has the resources to respond quickly to any challenge.
Our group is led by a Consulting CFO who assesses the unique financial management requirements of contractors and assists management in customizing a balanced solution. Our experienced team of consulting CFOs and staffing services professionals provide you with top-notch financial professionals who help make your business run more smoothly than ever before, enabling you to shift your focus from accounting and finance to business development and revenue growth without fear of financial management breakdowns.
The solution can be a short-term project or one involving important responsibilities over the long-term. Through our temporary or permanent placement abilities, our personnel can either enhance or reconstruct core functions like bookkeeping, payroll, receivables and revenue operations, procurement and payables management, as well as more robust accounting advisory services like financial reporting, budgeting, cash flow and risk management and forecasting. We can even enhance your executive team with a seasoned Chief Financial Officer. Solutions go beyond the basics to provide industry specific financial insight and accounting advice to help you make better-informed decisions and achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness.
Established Small Developers and Contractors
As a company grows the financial management practices that served it well in the past begin to hamper further growth. Whether it is the inability to manage overall company profitability or project profitability or to share effective financial information with key people in the company or the inability to get meaningful reports or access credit, small company leaders know that they need relevant information in order to stay competitive and take their enterprise to the next level. We can provide the insight and resources to reengineer those processes to help management drive future growth, whether by a part time bookkeeper, accounting manager or full- time controller.
Mid-to-Large Developers and Contractors
When evaluating or taking on a new project, there is tremendous pressure on staff to focus on the existing day-to-day operations while project managers, designers, engineers and estimators focus on the new project. Finance teams must arrange for private or bank financing and the accounting department must set up the project correctly. Often the communication channels among these departments get bogged down right when they need to interact with each other the most. We can provide the oversight and staffing resources needed to open these channels and get the work done effectively.
For construction companies, a difficult process to master is communication between project management and accounting. While they use the same critical information differently, they must share accurate and timely estimates, change order status, billings and payables, and progress reports. Our consultants can design and implement appropriate systems and processes to enhance the ability of these departments to obtain, process and share information quickly and accurately.
Companies Experiencing Growth
Even developers and contractors with effective financial management practices occasionally experience a change in business operations that presents serious challenges. Sometimes the change is short-term, other times it is permanent. It could be a new or changed market, a new technology, a new competitor or even a new employee. Changes in markets, policies and regulations require companies to change direction quickly to preserve their margins. This may entail restructuring the business or setting up and staffing multiple sites for remote projects. Managers of both types of companies know that they need help anticipating the new obligations and potential threats. They need an expert to quickly assess the situation and design a solution. CFOS2GO consultants work with companies to objectively review the options and make decisions that are consistent with their strategic objectives, whether it is providing a project accountant or controller, or a full temporary accounting team.
Our Real Estate Development and Construction Practice Group advises and assists companies by designing and implementing unique and valuable solutions from basic bookkeeping to corporate strategy. Example of our work include:
Examples of our work with clients include: