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“California Dreamin” – Real Estate Investing In High Dollar Areas

by Karen Margrave March 25, 2014
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HIGH DOLLAR MARKETS – DO THEY MAKE SENSE FOR YOU? When the real estate market crashed we left the area where we had done business for over 30 years and moved to southern California. The area we moved from had an unemployment rate just under 20%, and the prospects for the future of real estate […]

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Struggling to Get Your First Development Project? Get Your Piece Of The Pie!

by Karen Margrave October 11, 2013
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How many of you have wanted to get into bigger projects, or new development, but are not sure how to go about doing it? Are you in an area where the housing market is tightening, and opportunities to invest are disappearing? We live in Orange County, CA, where unemployment is some of the lowest in […]

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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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It’s Not Just “Location! Location! Location!”

by Karen Margrave April 22, 2013
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Mark Twain once said “buy land, they’re not making any more of it” That is so true! We relocated to southern California from northern California (the real northern California, not the bay area).  Having lived in the same area for most of our lives we knew every piece of dirt in the area, and developed our […]

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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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Medical Office Buildings, The Perfect Storm!

by Karen Margrave March 21, 2013
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Owning a family run real estate development company, we always keep our eye on the where we believe the current market is; and what market niche we believe has potential for long-term growth.  Since the crash of the market, we, much like many of you, are more cautious than in the past; and have been doing […]

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The Major Road Plan – A Primer for Real Estate Investors

by Kevin Perk January 21, 2013
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Ever wonder how they determine where that new road is going to go or how they decide how wide it is going to be? How do they decide if Q road will be limited access or not?  How do they make the decision to widen and improve an existing road? The Major Road Plan (a.k.a […]

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Non-Conforming Uses: A Primer for Real Estate Investors

by Kevin Perk October 15, 2012
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In my previous primer on zoning, I explained how zoning creates a type of rigidity where a single zoning classification is often overlaid on a variety of land uses.  This rigidity creates something called the non-conforming use.  A non-conforming use is a fancy legal term that simply means the existing land use somehow does not […]

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Planned Unit Developments: A Primer for Real Estate Investors

by Kevin Perk September 17, 2012
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My last two articles on land use regulations focused on zoning and subdivision regulations.  In this article I want to discuss something that is sort of a hybrid between the two and is becoming much more frequently used, the planned unit development or PUD. Zoning and subdivision regulations by their very nature are rigid and […]

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Subdivision Regulations – A Primer for Real Estate Investors

by Kevin Perk August 20, 2012
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My previous article on zoning discussed to one of the major land use controls used by jurisdictions around the United States.  Another one you should be aware of is subdivision regulations.  This land use control has been around for over a century or more and directly affects many aspects of the real estate investing business.  […]

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Zoning: A Primer for Real Estate Investors

by Kevin Perk July 30, 2012
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Most jurisdictions in the United States have some form of zoning in place (The City of Houston,Texas is a notable example of one without formal zoning codes).  We as real estate investors need to have a basic understanding of what zoning is, what it regulates and what its components are because zoning can affect so […]

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If You Build It, They Will Come. Or Will They?

by Richard Warren December 21, 2009

A few days ago MGM Mirage opened Aria, the crown jewel of its massive CityCenter project. Hailed as the most expensive privately financed construction project in the world, this joint venture between MGM Mirage and Dubai World bears the burden of hope. Las Vegas has been looking to CityCenter as the force that will pull […]

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Dubai World’s CityCenter Offers Seller Financing on Hi-Rise Condos

by Richard Warren December 14, 2009
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For several years now the $8.5 Billion CityCenter project has been hailed as the savior of the Las Vegas economy. The 76-acre project has been called the most expensive private construction endeavor in the world. With a 4,800 hotel rooms, and 2,400 condo and condo-hotel units, it is slated to employ approximately 12,000 full-time workers. […]

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Residential Land Development – Part 4: Construction and Marketing

by Craig Grella November 12, 2009
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To recap Residential Land Development Part 3 we discussed researching zoning, designing your home, and financing the property. In this article we will discuss construction and marketing, the final two stages in any development project.  These are the action steps in the development process.  They’re also two segments that involve the least research, because if […]

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Residential Land Development – Part 2: Determining Economic Feasibility

by Craig Grella October 16, 2009

This is Part 2 in the Residential Land Development series showing you how to find, price, and develop land for residential single family property.

If you’ve followed Residential Land Development Part 1 you’ve put together your development team, done a little research into the type of property you want to build and the market you will farm for potential land purchases. You’ve determined the highest and best use, researched zoning and other legal matters, and now need to determine the economic feasibility of the project. We do this by estimating the overall costs of the project. The results of your down and dirty, quick economic feasibility analysis will determine whether you move forward with your project, or whether you dump it and move on to the next piece of land. Here’s what you’ll do:

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