IFRIC draft Interpretation on real estate sales

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05 Jul 2007

The International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee has released for public comment a Draft Interpretation D21 'Real Estate Sales'.

IFRIC D21 Real Estate Sales aims to standardise accounting practice among real estate developers for sales of units, such as apartments or houses, 'off plan', that is, before construction is complete.

At present, real estate developers interpret IFRSs differently and record revenue for the sale of the units at different times. Some record revenue only when they have handed over the completed unit to the buyer, while others record revenue earlier, as construction progresses, by reference to the stage of completion of the development.

IFRIC D21 proposes that revenue should be recorded as construction progresses only if the developer is providing construction services, rather than selling goods (completed real estate units).

It proposes features that indicate that the seller is providing construction services. In many countries, these features tend currently not to be present in typical off plan sale agreements.

The comment deadline is 5 October 2007. Click for Press Release (PDF 39k).


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