Be a Successful Residential Land Developer

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Date

August 4, 2004

Format

Paperback, 359 pages

ISBN

0071441719 / 9780071441711

$

Your Price

39.00



Overview


Main description

Veteran construction contractor, and building trades authority, R. Dodge Woodson shows how to profitably transform raw land into housing. This practical guide covers every phase of the land development process as well as essential business practice fundamentals.

NEW TO THIS EDITION: finding and selling property via the Internet, more information on finance and insurance issues, the latest in land ordinances and runoff issues and EPA requirements

Contents: Why Should I Get Into Land Development? * Can I Really Do It? * The Development Team and Selecting the Viable Project * Finding Hidden Treasure * Tying Up Land Without A Full Commitment * Having Your Experts Do Preliminary Checks * Going Over the Ground, From Top to Bottom * Planning On Paper * Storm Water Drainage * Deciphering the Dirt Water Requirements * Land Lost and Costs for Roads * Flood Zones * Location, Location, Location * Plans and Specifications * Getting Developer Bids • Sales Projections * Financing * Zoning • Closing Your Land Deal * Insurance and Subcontractor Needs * Rolling Out the Big Rigs and Site Supervision * Keeping Your Projects on Time and on Budget * A Marketing Plan and Sales Team * New Projects


Table of contents

Chapter 1: Why Should I get into Land Development?Chapter 2: Can I Really Do it?Chapter 3: The Development Team and Selecting the Viable ProjectChapter 4: Finding Hidden TreasureChapter 5: Tying up Land Without a Full CommitmentChapter 6: Having Your Experts Do Preliminary ChecksChapter 7: Going over the Ground, from Top to BottomChapter 8: Planning on PaperChapter 9: Storm Water DrainageChapter 10: Deciphering the DirtChapter 11: Water RequirementsChapter 12: Land Lost and Costs for RoadsChapter 13: Flood Zones, Location, Location, LocationChapter 14: Plans and SpecificationsChapter 15: Getting Development BidsChapter 16: Sales ProjectionsChapter 17: FinancingChapter 18: ZoningChapter 19: Closing Your Land DealChapter 20: Insurance and Subcontractor NeedsChapter 21: Rolling Out the Big Rigs and Site SupervisionChapter 22: Keeping Your Project on Time and on Budget Chapter 23: A Marketing Plan and Sales TeamChapter 24: New Projects


Author comments

R. Dodge Woodson (Brunswick, Maine) holds the real estate license of Designated Broker. This is the highest classification of professional real licensure available. Woodson is the president and owner of Expert Realty Services, Inc., in Brunswick Maine. He bought his first piece of speculative land in 1974 and has been a progressive land developer in Virginia and Maine for the last 29 years. He has succeeded with both individual plots and large parcels that he subdivided. With nearly 30 years of experience as a residential land developer, Mr. Woodson has developed a process that makes failure virtually impossible.


Back cover copy

Learn how YOU can become a player in the hot market for new housing

You don't need a fortune or years of real estate experience to become a successful residential land developer. This shrewd, up-to-the-minute guide shows you how to find and acquire prime properties that are true diamonds in the rough. You'll learn the factors that determine whether you've got a good deal: engineering surveys, grading, water availability and drainage, utilities, traffic, and more. And once you've chosen your land, you'll discover what you need to do at every stage to make your project succeed. With the step-by-step advice of real estate expert and contractor R. Dodge Woodson's failure-proof primer, anyone can learn to exploit the opportunities in land development. Reflecting today's advantageous financial land development climate, Be a Successful Residential Land Developer shows you how to:

* Tie up and control land with very little cash and plenty of escape clauses
* Tap into conventional and creative financing sources
* Apply powerful Internet tools to leverage information
* Get favorable bids from subcontractors
* Deal with zoning, environmental, and code enforcement issues
* Reduce neighborhood resistance and handle boards of appeal
* Put together a professional team and direct the project
* Develop a marketing and sales plan for your new home(s)
* Much, much more

INSIDE RESIDENTIAL LAND DEVELOPMENT SUCCESS
Why Should I Get into Land Development? * Can I Really Do It? * The Development Team and Selecting the Viable Project * Finding Hidden Treasure * Tying Up Land without a Full Commitment * Having Your Experts Do Preliminary Checks * Going over the Ground from Top to Bottom * Planning on Paper * Storm Water Drainage * Deciphering the Dirt * Water Requirements * Land Lost and Cost for Roads * Flood Zones * Location, Location, Location * Plans and Specifications * Getting Development Bids * Sales Projections * Financing * Zoning * Closing Your Land Deal * Insurance and Subcontractor Needs * Rolling Out the Big Rigs and Site Supervision * Keeping Your Project on Time and on Budget * A Marketing Plan and Sales Team * New Projects





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