Engineering

Land Planning

Public vs Private Streets? In most site plans and tract maps, I would think that the streets are designed to...
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Land Development

Homeowner Associations

HOA - Is It Necessary? It seems that most residential developments have a homeowners’ association established, especially if you compared...
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Engineering

Land Planning

Right-of-Way Dedications? In our last post, we talked about rules of thumb for density relative to lot sizes and product...
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Land Development

Land Planning

Density - Rules of Thumb? During the initial stage of land development, a developer needs to conduct some fairly thoughtful...
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Financial

Land Analysis

What Does "Land Residual" Mean? During the land acquisition process or in the financial analysis, “land residual” is a commonly...
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Engineering

Civil Engineering Design

Key Needs To Start Preliminary Engineering? Before a civil engineer can start the preliminary engineering and project design, some key...
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Entitlements

Annexations & LAFCO

Is Annexation Difficult? Here in California, we have the Local Agency Formation Commission (better known as LAFCO), which oversees the...
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Environmental

Environmental Assessments

What Are Technical Studies? During the entitlement process, many states require some form of assessment as to the environmental impacts...
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Environmental

US Fish & Wildlife Service

What is a Section 7 Consultation? In the world of environmental agencies and environmental permits, I have often found it...
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Financial

Financial Risk

The Timing Risk of Buying Land? The age-old mantra in real estate has always been location, location, location.  But in...
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Engineering

Offsite Improvements

The Underbelly of Traffic Signals? Usually resulting from a traffic study and a required mitigation measure, the installation of a...
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Land Acquisition

Due Diligence

What Can Go Wrong? In most land transactions, the land developer or homebuilder will have a due diligence period to...
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Land Development

Market Research

What is Product Segmentation? Most developers of master planned communities are very sophisticated in how they analyze market conditions and...
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Financial

Project Financing

Equity vs. Debt? For those not familiar with the finance side of housing projects, today will be a brief explanation...
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Land Acquisition

Making Land Offers

What is Preliminary Underwriting? When making an offer for land, the format I have typically seen in the industry is...
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Entitlements

Specific Plans

What is the Purpose of Specific Plans? In a previous post, we talked about the General Plan Land Use and...
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Title

Preliminary Title Reports

How To Order A Prelim? One of the first steps in a real estate transaction is to obtain a preliminary...
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Land Acquisition

City Fees

Building Permit Fees, Impact Fees, Plan Check Fees? I have noticed a bit of confusion when the conversation talks about...
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Construction

Urban Projects

Why Do Podium Projects Cost So Much? In the residential arena, it would seem that most of the house construction...
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Land Development

Product Density

Does Density Increase Land Value? Many times throughout my career, I have come across the thinking that increasing the density...
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