Entitlements

Entitlement Process

Who Is The Applicant? When submitting a project to the local jurisdiction for entitlements, an application form will typically need...
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Project Management

Project Management Leadership

How Important Is Communication? A project manager ultimately has the responsibility for the coordination of all resources, providing direction, and...
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Entitlements

The Art of Entitlements

Who Are the Individuals and Organizations of Influence? By Larry Lazar, Guest Author Long now, the decision making in local...
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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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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

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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Title

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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Title

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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Financial

Project Revenue

How Do You Estimate Lot Premiums? In a housing pro forma, the majority of revenue is typically in the category...
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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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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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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

Pros and Cons Of Gated Communities? For the most part, everyone would think that a gated community increases home values...
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Land Acquisition

Land Transactions

Why Are Site Costs Negotiated? While a land transaction is in escrow, the buyer is typically conducting all of its...
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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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