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Archive of Kyle Zaylor

Kyle is the creator of realestate-java.com, a blog dedicated to commercial real estate development. Kyle is also a real estate development associate with Blu Homes, Inc. His company focuses on building sustainable homes throughout the country.

Kyle has written 25 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


Real Estate Development

3 Ways To Dig Into The Dirt: Your Guide to Investing In Vacant Land

by Kyle Zaylor September 1, 2014
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We’ve all been there at one point or another. We pass by some vacant parcel of land for months, maybe even years.  We say to ourselves “man, I’d absolutely love to build on that property some day. It’s so underutilized.” This hypothetical building could be a house, multifamily community, retail center, office space…it could be […]

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Real Estate Tips

Building a Pro Forma: an Essential Skill for Real Estate Investors

by Kyle Zaylor February 19, 2014
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Pro formas are the business plans of the real estate development world. They give you a snap shot into the future given the data available and your sense of the current and future market. When evaluating a potential development opportunity, you can’t get anywhere without making a sound case for your development to potential lenders, […]

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Real Estate Tips

How to Grow Your Business By Designing & Executing Systems & Processes

by Kyle Zaylor February 4, 2014
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Several months ago BiggerPockets’ own Brandon Turner was in San Francisco for a week. We organized a fantastic meet-up in the city and had great conversations with local BiggerPockets members. During the event Brandon turns to me and says, “Hey, when are you going to get back into writing for the site again?!” At my […]

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Real Estate

Into Real Estate? Then Get Comfortable Operating in a “Grey Zone”

by Kyle Zaylor November 9, 2013
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Let’s face it, real estate is a world of grey. We constantly operate in a grey, hazy zone.  It’s never set in stone, simple, or clear cut.  Given the amount of moving parts, politics, decisions, and unknowns we’re faced with on a daily basis, our world is one where you have to feel ‘on edge’ […]

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Real Estate Investing

Avoiding the Shiny Object Syndrome – 5 Tips to Keep Yourself on Track in the Real Estate Game

by Kyle Zaylor October 28, 2013
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We’re in a HUGE industry! It’s vast, varied, and full of opportunities–new ones, old ones, polished ones, raw ones, and to many: future ones. Yet how does one know when to broaden one’s horizon or focus in one area and put the brakes on other new/fresh real estate strategies? Real estate comes in all shapes, […]

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Commercial Real Estate

4 Ways to Think Like an Entrepreneur in Your Next Real Estate Venture

by Kyle Zaylor September 16, 2013
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Any way you approach the real estate game — there’s an entrepreneurial angle to it.  Whether you’re a seasoned real estate developer with years and years of experience or you’re taking on your very first project, we’re all entrepreneurs here. Why is that? Simple: we take something that needs improvement (a vacant parcel of land, […]

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Real Estate

The One Thing You Need to Find a Mentor in Real Estate

by Kyle Zaylor August 22, 2013
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Fostering a fruitful mentorship in the business world greatly helps one navigate the murky waters we’re all faced with in our careers. Us real estate folks lean on mentors much more than most because of the sheer complexity, scale, and ramifications (i.e. risk) that comes with a career in real estate. A wrong move for […]

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Real Estate

Six Easy Ways to Get Acquainted With a New Real Estate Market (Here’s What I Did…)

by Kyle Zaylor July 20, 2013
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What’s one thing every seasoned real estate developer, broker, investor, builder, and lender will tell you about the real estate game? Know your market! Know it like the back of your hand. Know it more than anything. Ok, maybe not that much, but you get the idea. When we know our market, we’re able to […]

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Real Estate

9 Tips for Selecting an Architect for Your Next Project

by Kyle Zaylor June 1, 2013
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Ask ten architects to design a project and you’ll get ten completely different designs. These designs (and their budgets and construction limitations) could make your project a resounding success or could make it something less than successful. Architecture, by the nature of the business, is a service-based profession. Architects provide design services and typically bundle […]

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Real Estate

Don’t Break this Cardinal Rule of Development

by Kyle Zaylor May 18, 2013
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We’re supposed to love what we do. “Follow your passion,” they say! Passion and love for the craft are what drives us in whatever we pursue. If you’re on this site, it’s a no-brainer to say you’ve got some love for real estate. Yet this passion, when misaligned with our fundamentals and intuition, can take us […]

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Real Estate

How to Break the Ice at a Networking Event

by Kyle Zaylor May 11, 2013
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Networking! How many times do you hear experts proclaim the amazing benefits of networking? Want to rapidly expand your business horizons…network. Want to jump into a new and exciting opportunity…network. Looking to build a group of trusted advisors and professional friends…network.  In a general sense, it’s great advice! Just network. We are heavily people-focused as […]

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Real Estate Development

More Dirt Please–Purchasing Land For a Real Estate Development

by Kyle Zaylor May 4, 2013
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Dirt, mud, rocks, soil, and grit–it all has a ton of value to your real estate development project! Whether you are working with a single parcel or developing a massive master-planned project, land is often the very first thing you will invest in when developing any new property. After all, our buildings have to sit […]

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Real Estate

Quality Control – Five Ways to Inject a QC Plan into Your Real Estate Development Analysis

by Kyle Zaylor April 27, 2013
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I had a tremendous chat earlier this week with fellow BiggerPockets member Frank Gallinelli (also the guest of Episode 004 of the BiggerPockets podcast). Frank and I were following up on an earlier discussion about the importance of thorough and proper due diligence for real estate development projects and property acquisitions.  It’s a topic I’m […]

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Real Estate Development

Setting Up a New Construction Development Pro Forma – Put in Time Up Front to Save Time Later On

by Kyle Zaylor April 20, 2013
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New construction development projects (large ones, small ones, infill projects)—they all start with a pro forma. Pro forma financial models are essential tools in a real estate developer’s toolbox.  If you’re thinking about building any new construction project or acquisition/rehab—be it anything from a single-tenant industrial property to a 100-acre master planned mixed-use community—building your […]

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Real Estate

A Quick Story About Improving Deal Analysis from Weeks to Minutes

by Kyle Zaylor April 13, 2013
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I just finished reading The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. It’s a fantastic book that I recommend to anyone. And I really do mean anyone. You can be a Fortune 500 CEO or a young 20-something living in your parents’ basement and still get tremendous value out of this book. Don’t worry. I’m not writing a […]

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