Be A Successful Green Land Developer

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McGraw Hill Professional, Dec 1, 2008 - Architecture - 352 pages
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Help the Environment While Increasing Sales

Bestselling author R. Dodge Woodson brings the growing number of options available for developing land without doing harm to natural areas. In this comprehensive guide, he explains how such building techniques will increase sales, improve the bottom line, and help sustain the environment.

Be a Successful Green Land Developer addresses all the practical issues that arise when embarking upon green building projects. It explains every aspect of the subject, from getting started in the green building business to mastering green terminology to making money with green methods. Learn how to understand zoning requirements, covenants, and restrictions...write winning proposals...and expand business. The book also examines 20 common mistakes and how to avoid them.

Green construction is here to stay. Use Be a Successful Green Land Developer as a roadmap to profits and growth in this exciting new realm of business.

This practical, plain-English guide to green land development includes:

  • Valuable tips on preparing winning bids
  • Step-by-step advice on expanding a green building business
  • Important insight into the costs associated with earth-friendly land development
  • Sample contracts, zoning forms, and development/broker forms

Develop a lucrative green development enterprise with valuable lessons on...


Using Green to Make Big Bucks • Building a Strong Development Team • Working with Real Estate Brokers • Setting Up Your Lenders and Investors • Finding Suitable Development Property • What Makes a Project Viable? • Looking for Land in All the Right Places • Initial Investigations • Drainage Factors • Soil Considerations • Calculating Land Losses for Roads and Green Space • Water Requirements • And More
 

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Contents

Why Should I Consider Green Land Development?
1
Using Green Space to Make Big Bucks
9
Building a Strong Development Team
13
Making Sales
27
Setting Up Your Lenders and Investors
35
Finding Suitable Development Property
45
What Makes a Project Viable
59
Looking For Land in All the Right Places
69
Location Location Location
121
Plans and Specifications
131
Working with Contractors
139
Projecting Profit Potential
147
Zoning Considerations
155
Closing Deals
163
Supervising Your Site
171
Staying on Budget and on Time
175

Initial Investigations
77
Drainage Factors
81
Soil Considerations
89
Calculating Land Loss from Road Costs and Green Space
97
Water Requirements
105
Flood Zones Wetlands and Other DealStoppers
113
Ideas for Environmentally Friendly Developments
187
Going from Green Developing to Green Building
199
Glossary of Green Words and Terms
205
Time Saving Tips and Tables for Land Developers
227
Index
337
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About the author (2008)

R. Dodge Woodson is a successful land developer and contractor and the author of numerous McGraw-Hill titles, including Be a Successful Building Contractor, Third Edition (0-07-144174-3).

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