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Real Estate

Occupiers, investors, and service providers are thinking and acting in new ways to keep up with society’s changing relationship with the real estate industry. BCG’s extensive real estate expertise helps companies throughout the industry stay one step ahead.

Real estate constitutes the largest asset class in the world. However, despite that massive scale, the real estate industry has been slow to innovate. That’s now changing. Digital technology, urbanization, the emphasis on sustainability, and affordable building are pushing the industry to evolve. The pandemic has also led to a widespread reconsideration of buying habits and of how and where people want to live and work—all of which have wide-ranging implications for the future of real estate.

As these shifts continue to take hold, we expect to see a prolonged period of disruption and unprecedented change. BCG helps leaders in real estate capitalize on these changes with strategies tied to their organizations’ locations and asset classes.

Our Real Estate Industry Client Work

Our real estate consultants work with clients across the industry value chain and in all real estate asset classes. Our work falls into three major areas.

STRATEGY

Including corporate growth, portfolio strategy, business strategy, and M&A.

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10X

Revenue growth in four years—to $7 billion—at a North American soft-facilities management provider after launching an aggressive growth strategy that included multiple acquisitions and upgrading shared services, operating models, IT, and other systems.

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$20 Million

Estimated maximum savings from improved use of physical space at a US health care provider creating a hybrid-work model for a workforce of more than 40,000.

TRANSFORMATION


Supporting companies undergoing organizational restructuring, process redesign, or operations improvements.

15%

Estimated maximum cost savings for a diversified conglomerate building a new city in India that implemented better project planning and management to oversee 200 onsite contractors and 20,000 workers.

$300 Million

Savings captured from organizational redesign and cost transformation at a global real estate services company.

DIGITAL


Helping clients create smart built environments, new businesses, and data-based services.

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1.8 Terabytes

Vector data and satellite imagery a government agency analyzed to identify 878 square kilometers of underused land suitable for installing ground-mounted solar panels, leading to significant potential annual energy savings.

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16+

New ventures and digital and data analytics cutting-edge solutions launched across the real estate value chain.


Our Approach to the Real Estate Sector

BCG’s team of global real estate experts has deep experience across key pillars of the industry’s life cycle:

  • Invest. Our diverse team of real estate consultants works in all facets of asset and portfolio management, including with private equity funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs), sovereign wealth funds, and pension funds.
  • Transact. From major commercial real estate brokerages to online real estate marketplaces, we support some of the biggest names in the industry.
  • Build. BCG regularly advises real estate builders, developers, and construction project managers on the development of real estate to support decision making and ensure that they operate effectively and efficiently.
  • Manage. We support leading property and facilities management players around the world as well as major corporations in determining how the future of work will affect their use of space and real estate management.

Depending on the needs of a project, we integrate real estate and technology and draw from the expertise and capabilities of BCG’s work in industries that affect real estate, including infrastructure, transportation and logistics, and cities of the future. Our real estate consultants regularly collaborate with BCG specialty services, including the following.

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GAMMA GeoAnalytics

This subteam within GAMMA, BCG’s global data science and advanced analytics unit, works on projects developing geospatial analytics and tools. GeoAnalytics delivers timely and accurate business intelligence and leading-edge visualizations designed to help real estate clients solve their most pressing business problems.

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TURN

BCG’s turnaround management unit helps CEOs and business leaders deliver rapid, visible, and sustainable step-change improvement in business performance while strengthening their organizations and positioning them to win in the years ahead.

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BCG Digital Ventures

Our innovation arm partners with the world’s most influential companies to incubate, launch, and invest in game-changing businesses.

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O BCG Platinion atende às demandas tecnológicas das transformações digitais

Our technically minded specialist group, Platinion, designs, builds, and implements the platforms, digital products, and IT architectures that transform clients into more autonomous, productive, and agile organizations.

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Our Latest Thinking on Real Estate

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A Framework for the Future of Real Estate

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