Real estate accounting on Mac/Apple

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Hi, I have been using quickbooks online and have been somewhat satisfied but as I continue to build my business and add trusts and LLCs, I need to add more quickbooks accounts which gets expensive.  Also, I have a difficult time getting the support I need from my standard accountants on quickbooks.  Are there any experts that are familiar with Quickbooks desktop for MAC?  Is this a good software package?  It looks like Quickbooks has focused on windows and the most recent version for MAC is 2016.  I could also purchase parallels for MAC which allows me to run Windows software if I absolutely had to run quickbooks desktop for windows.  Any guidance would be much appreciated.  Thanks!

Michael,

I have been using desktop version of Quickbooks for Mac for 5 years and love it. We run multiple LLCS which is no problem and no additional charge. I would not use online version for that specific reason.

There are numerous videos on YouTube if you get stuck. Also, there is a woman named Nancy Neville on BP that is an expert in Quickbooks that always has insightful answers.

You may want to track her down for specific answers.

@Michael Faurest

There are hosting services that let you host QBs and you can do more than one company. It is like a desktop version in the cloud. Approx $600/year includes QBs. Not sure I can advertise name but there are several out there. 

Hi Michael -

Like Alan G, I've been using desktop QB on my iMac for several years with no problems. However, Intuit has always favored the Windows version when it comes to new features and bug fixes. Lately, it looks like they are "encouraging" the switch to online subscription which may mean a desktop version may not be available in the future. (Side note: I don't always have access to a good Internet connection, which is why I don't like being forced to a subscription.)

Parallels or Fusion will work, but my experience is that you need a lot of RAM on the desktop system and a fairly fast, current Mac with multiple processors.

I was introduced to an RE accounting company who also has a QB training class - they say they've tried other online products but still like QB for all it has.

And I have used a QB consultant in the past to help me through some gaps in my knowledge.

Not sure this answered your question - to me, there are no clear-cut answers, unfortunately.

Originally posted by @Michael Faurest :

Hi, I have been using quickbooks online and have been somewhat satisfied but as I continue to build my business and add trusts and LLCs, I need to add more quickbooks accounts which gets expensive.  Also, I have a difficult time getting the support I need from my standard accountants on quickbooks.  Are there any experts that are familiar with Quickbooks desktop for MAC?  Is this a good software package?  It looks like Quickbooks has focused on windows and the most recent version for MAC is 2016.  I could also purchase parallels for MAC which allows me to run Windows software if I absolutely had to run quickbooks desktop for windows.  Any guidance would be much appreciated.  Thanks!

 Hey, 

You should get QB online. everything is going to cloud. QB  online works with any platform and you just need internet.  QB online has many benefits compared to a desktop version. I recommend googling. 

Good luck.