They know enough about how things work to recognize that they have a lot to learn outside of the field that originally led them to development.Lately I have been grouping the skills I think a developer needs into 7 groups: The price paid for securing land is the single most critical variable in beginning stages of a real estate project.
With that said, this article will focus on the process of land development, risks and rewards, and a few things you’ll need to get started in the business of Residential Land Development.
Land development is the process of preparing raw land for the construction of improvements.
There are two key groups who make the construction or renovation of a building happen: skilled tradesmen and project managers.
Leveraging the knowledge and work effort of the electricians, plumbers, welders, carpenters, roofers and installers is either a general contractor or construction manager.
A deep understanding of building codes can help the small developer optimize the size and functionality of individual units while avoiding costly construction methodologies or mechanical systems.
Context appropriate exterior detailing and quality material selection can both gain favor with the neighbors and help the building stand the test of time.Equally as important as the written word is knowing the people who administer the processes involved in obtaining approvals.Money and contracts, the heart of any real estate project.A developer does not have to know everything, but they should have a good idea who to call or team up with before it is too late.We are looking for people committed to building Strong Towns who are happy to work in one or more of the 7 skills sets.When I hear the question “How Do I Get Started as a Developer?” It is usually followed by a string of questions which amount to “Could you just draw me a map that will guide me through every detailed step to becoming a developer?Follow him on Twitter at @johnthebad and @incrementaldev.Last week I wrote an article describing how to price and develop offers on land purchases.He leads the real estate training faculty for the Incremental Development Alliance, running training workshops for new small scale developers across the country.You can read more of his straight talk on development at his blog, RJOHNTHEBAD.