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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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Title Exceptions

What Are Plotted Easements? One purpose of a preliminary title report and an eventual title policy is to document the...
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Entitlements

Environmental Assessment

What Are Environmental Checklists? In California, we have an environmental law – California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) – that requires...
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Entitlements

Project Approvals

Why A Specific Plan? In a previous post, we mentioned that a project approval may be for a “specific plan”,...
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Land Acquisition

Due Diligence Periods

What Gets Reviewed in DD? In previous posts, we talked about the due diligence period – also known as the...
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Entitlements

Entitlement Process

What Gets Approved? In the entitlement process, a developer is essentially asking the local jurisdiction to approve a project. For...
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Entitlements

Entitlement Process

Why Community Outreach? In the entitlement process, you are essentially seeking to obtain a project approval from the local jurisdiction’s...
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Construction

Site Improvements

How Much Are Demo Costs? When estimating the costs to improve a site – grading, utilities, streets – it is...
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Title Exceptions

What Are Underlying Documents? A preliminary title report (PTR) will list some very key information, including the legal description of...
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Land Acquisition

Purchase & Sale Agreements

Timing To Negotiate PSA? A common process in a land transaction is for the seller and buyer to first agree...
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Title Exceptions

What Are Monetary Liens? When reviewing a title report, a key aspect is reviewing the exceptions listed on the report...
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Property Ownership

What Is Condominium Ownership? Most people tend to think of “condominiums” as a type of attached housing, usually in the...
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Construction

Construction Costs

Cost of Podium Projects? As we came out of this last recession, it seems that construction costs have risen sharply...
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Construction

Construction Process

Who Schedules The Contractors? In the construction of a house, typically there can be 40 – 45 contractors or vendors...
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Construction

Direct Construction Costs

What Affects House Construction Costs? In creating a plan and pro forma for a new project, one of the key...
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Entitlements

Project Approvals

Planning Commission vs City Council? As we have talked about in previous posts, the entitlements or discretionary project approvals are...
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Land Development

Urban Revitalization

What Are Redevelopment Agencies? In many states and cities, redevelopment agencies are created to encourage development in urban areas that...
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Entitlements

Affordable Housing

What Is RHNA? In a previous post, we talked about affordable housing programs, income levels, and how affordable home pricing...
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Land Development

Land Transactions

Are Assemblages Difficult? As a general rule, I think that most land developers would prefer to deal with only one...
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Land Development

Site Planning

Why Secondary And Emergency Vehicle Access? At the beginning of the site planning process, a competent land planner will be...
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