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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 January, 2006 - 31 December, 2019
    Categories: Real Estate
    Source: Interpretive Guidance for Real Estate

    Where do real estate mortgages fit within the GIPS standards?

    For the purpose of performance reporting, real estate mortgages with fixed or variable interest rates are considered fixed-income securities. Therefore, the core sections of the GIPS standards are applicable. Participation and convertible mortgages (i.e., hybrid mortgages) are considered real estate investments. In addition, component returns should be allocated as follows:

    • Basic cash interest (current receivable): allocate to income return component.
    • Contingent interest (current receivable): allocate to income return component.
    • Basic accrued interest (deferred): allocate to appreciation return component.
    • Additional contingent interest (deferred; payable at maturity, prepayment, or sale): allocate to appreciation return component.

    Therefore, if the return is currently payable from operations, allocate to the income return. All other sources of return that are deferred or realizable in the future should be allocated to the appreciation component.