Helping real estate organizations to maximize the value of assets, build sustainable communities, and transform their businesses
Real estate has changed. An industry once dominated by low-cost capital and bricks-and-mortar square footage is becoming more flexible, digital, and experience driven. Investors, developers, occupiers, and operators must reimagine their business models to account for the evolving ways people interact with the built environment.
Incumbents and new entrants alike are using technology, advanced analytics, and design thinking to reinvent the way space is acquired, developed, used, and operated. Industry leaders are creating not only vibrant experiences and sustainable communities but also new, highly profitable, and enduring revenue streams.
We help real estate leaders across the entire value chain to future-proof portfolios, forge partnerships, deliver major projects, and enhance the value of assets.

What we do

We apply extensive real estate expertise and a deep understanding of real estate-intensive industries, such as retail, healthcare, housing, technology, and banking, to everything we do.

Major projects

Maximize the value of major projects through planning, financing, delivery, and operations. We partner with developers all the way from visioning and economic master planning to development, construction, attracting tenants, and operations. Our work spans greenfield projects, city-scale developments, complex mixed-use redevelopments, smart cities, and affordable housing.

Corporate performance

Help real estate companies to improve their performance through new business models, cultural and leadership transformations, and market expansion. We create sustainable changes by applying state-of-the-art approaches in strategy, culture change, organizational design, marketing and sales, risk management, and procurement.

Digital and advanced analytics

Enable disruption and improve the current operations of real estate players by leveraging digital technologies and advanced analytics to build new businesses; generate leads; invest in real estate technology; optimize the location, sourcing, and design of buildings; and more.

Engaging tenants and guests

Optimize the value of operating properties (including retail, office buildings, and residential) by creating the best spaces, environments, and experiences for tenants and end customers alike. We use data, analytics, and design to inform services, culture, footprints, and portfolio strategies and to optimize omnichannel value.

Creating value for owners

Enhance yields and improve the capitalization rate. We work with owners and operators to “think beyond the dirt” and to increase the value of property through partnerships, better business operations, revenue management, and redevelopment.

Community development

Convene the public, private, and social sectors to maximize the performance of communities, generate economic opportunity, and meet the increasing need of citizens for affordable housing in cities around the world. We create sustainable business models that make affordable housing a good investment for developers—helping to unlock supply, boost the productivity of construction, improve operations, and lower financing costs.


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What we bring

Economic master planning. Plan vibrant and financially sound development by applying our suite of planning-optimization tools, which assess the complex strategic, financial, and operational trade-offs of projects.

Future labs. Envision a new city, community, or space in a facilitated workshop that brings in cross-functional external experts to create innovative ideas together and to identify specific actions to take projects forward.

Real estate 360. Maximize the value of corporate real estate with our proprietary diagnostic, which aligns the strategies of developers, investors, and operators with business objectives and optimized footprints, as well as capital and operations-and-maintenance priorities.

Project controls and project-production methodology (PPM). Help deliver large, complex real estate projects on time and on budget with real-time reporting of project controls and the application of PPM software to optimize construction activities at job sites.

Examples of our work

20-times revenue increase in five years for a leading Chinese new-city developer through urban planning, the sale of land, infrastructure, and commercial and residential real estate

30-60 percent accelerated construction schedule and a 60 percent construction-productivity increase in six major residential developments for an Indian engineering and construction company, using new construction technologies and methodologies and improving the on-site team

$500 million to $900 million in commercial- and product-growth initiatives identified for a corporate-owned real estate tech start-up to boost the valuation of the enterprise in five years

Featured Insights

Video - McKinsey Global Institute

How can the private and public sectors work together to create smart cities?

– Smart-city experts share examples of successful public–private partnerships from around the world.

Laying the foundation for success in the connected-building era

– Connected buildings could introduce a new way of working. Here’s what it will take for them to become mainstream.

Getting ahead of the market: How big data is transforming real estate

– Many real estate firms have long made decisions based on a combination of intuition and traditional, retrospective data. Today,... a host of new variables make it possible to paint more vivid pictures of a location’s future risks and opportunities.

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