No Safety Nets

No Safety Nets

Once your development project has items like construction plans and city approval in place, you can often find investors and lenders who will help finance the actual construction. The catch for real estate developers is that it can costs hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars to get those things. So how do you fund…

Ignorantia Juris Non Excusat
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Ignorantia Juris Non Excusat

What legal and logistical mistakes cost real estate developers the most? That’s what I wanted to know from veteran real estate lawyer Lauren Lofton. In our chat, she revealed that developers often fail to narrow the scope of their lawyer’s work, occasionally try to negotiate on legal issues they haven’t researched to fully understand, and (costliest…

Ten Thousand Acres

Ten Thousand Acres

Mike Mooney, chairman of MLG Capital and co-founder of MLG Companies, has spent decades “assembling” land. A land assemblage is the process of buying up parcels of land that are next to one another (also called “contiguous”) and merging them together into one larger piece. In Mike’s case, he needed that land for the 19…

The Master Builder
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The Master Builder

Jonathan Segal is famous among architects for not only designing but also constructing and owning buildings. He teaches a popular course on the subject and has, over time, consolidated his work so that he alone controls the process (design, financial analysis, construction management, and property management) from start to finish. That allows him, he explains, to…

We’ve Been Here Before

We’ve Been Here Before

Dr. Andrew Baum, longtime professor at Reading and now at Oxford, co-wrote the book on real estate finance and investments. He has spent the majority of his career working with institutional real estate investors in developing global property investment strategies. But he’s also maintained a parallel academic career. He is executive chairman of Property Funds…

To Hold or Not to Hold

To Hold or Not to Hold

I love talking to developers who value the contribution their work makes to the beauty of the city as much as they value the profits they make along the way. Obviously developers have to make profits to stay in business, but as “conductors of the orchestra”, they are uniquely able to take the insights of many talented…

Building Cities to Suit
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Building Cities to Suit

In Episode 4, I chat with Andrés Duany, father of the New Urbanist movement and architect-planner for many huge developments. Duany has helped design and develop entire towns like Seaside, FL, and most recently Alyce Beach, FL (see video), as well as many other great “smaller” projects. But because his work and general views have been so…

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