Land Acquisition

Making Land Offers

What Is Preliminary Underwriting? We like to think of “underwriting” as the analysis and vetting of a prospective project –...
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Entitlements

Local Jurisdictions

Does City Or County Approve Your Project? One of the first steps in an entitlement project is to make the...
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Construction

The Permit Process

What Are Construction Drawings? In a previous post, we talked about the entitlement process and the approvals by the political...
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Entitlements

The Entitlement Process

Why Does It Take So Long? Entitlements are essentially the government approvals for proposed projects, with these approvals being voted...
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Entitlements

Entitlement Conditions

What Are Affordable Housing Requirements? In more affluent and expensive housing markets, it is often common that a local jurisdiction...
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Engineering

Site Planning

Land Planner vs Civil Engineer? In the creation of grading and site improvement plans, the effort usually requires the services...
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Engineering

Architectural Plans

The Role of Structural Engineers? In last week's post, we talked about the various design phases of architecture.  The final...
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Architecture

Architectural Plans

Phases of Architectural Design? In looking at a scope of work for an architect, you might see the scope refer...
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Land Acquisition

Finding Land Opportunities

The Role of Land Brokers? It seems that the role of a land broker can vary from market to market,...
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Land Acquisition

Letters of Intent

How Do Deposits Work? When making an offer for land, the Letter of Intent contains the price being offered and...
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Title

Title Documents

Grant Deed vs Deed of Trust? With respect to title reports and title insurance, you can tend to hear a...
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Land Acquisition

Lot Conditions

Raw Land? Paper Lots? Blue Top Lots? Finished Lots? During the process of land acquisition, the condition of the lots...
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Financial

Financial Analysis

Purpose of Cash Flows? Having started my career as a financial analyst, I ran a lot of pro forma models...
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Entitlements

Entitlements Team

Key Consultants for Entitlements? As a land developer, the commencement of an entitlement process will mean you need to hire...
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Land Development

Site Improvements

Bonds and Bond Exoneration? It is very typical that a local jurisdiction will require bonds to be posted prior to...
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Engineering

Site Improvements

Why A Dry Utility Consultant? One of the key consultants in land development is the civil engineer, who is responsible...
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Project Management

Project Management

What Is Forward Planning? In land development and homebuilding, I have often heard the term “forward planning” and have also...
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Land Development

Site Plans & Density

What Makes Sites Inefficient? In a previous post, we talked about rules of thumb for density based on lot sizes...
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Land Acquisition

Land Acquisition Criteria

What Defines A Small Project? If you are land developer or a land broker trying to sell land to a...
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Engineering

Grading Design

Balancing Dirt Onsite? When a land planner or civil engineer is starting a grading plan design, one of the prime...
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