Marketing

Market Analysis

Key Findings In A Market Study? At the very beginning during the land acquisition process, the market analysis is a...
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Land Acquisition

Land Acquisition Deals

Are Condo Conversions A Good Opportunity? I recently was in a discussion about the merits of looking at condo conversions,...
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Construction

House Foundations

Do Soils Affect Foundation Design? As the term would imply, the foundation of a home provides the basis and stability...
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Construction

Construction Materials

Wood vs Steel Framing? Especially in production housing, you do not often see steel framing in place of wood.  Reportedly,...
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Land Acquisition

Purchase & Sale Agreements

Who Prepares The PSA? In a land transaction, the Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA) is the key legal document for...
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Construction

Direct Construction Costs

Do Single Story Homes Cost More To Construct? Whenever I have run a cash flow or pro forma in past...
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Land Development

Site Planning

Does Lot Width Matter? In every market, you need to focus on the lot size to make sure it is...
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Financial

Marketing Terms

What is Absorption? As noted before, our industry tends to have some terms that may seem to be a bit...
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Land Development

Site Planning

Acres - Gross vs. Net? In the process of site planning, financial analysis, and land development, one of the main...
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Entitlements

Entitlement Documents

What Is A Development Agreement? When you are trying to obtain entitlements for a project, you typically will have some...
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Entitlements

Site Planning

Why Is Parking Such A Factor? More and more, particularly with infill projects, the parking requirements from the local jurisdiction...
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Land Acquisition

Land Transactions

How Do Option Contracts Work? In a previous post, we talked about option contracts as they relate to longer escrow...
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Land Acquisition

Land Transactions

Why Are Escrow Periods So Long? In most real estate transactions, escrow opens when the purchase agreement is fully executed...
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Financial

Cost Categories

What Makes Up Finance Costs? In a previous post, we talked about indirect and soft costs related to construction.  One...
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Construction

Cost Categories

What Are Indirects? Keep in mind that terminology can vary from region to region, but one of the more common...
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Engineering

Wet Utilities

Sizing Water and Sewer Laterals? Within new developments, the water and sewer lines are placed in trenches underneath the new...
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Entitlements

City Fees

Why Do Impact Fees Vary So Much? In a previous post, we talked about the various type of city fees...
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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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