Help the environment while increasing sales!
Bestselling author R. Dodge Woodson brings together 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.
- Learn how to benefit from developing green space.
- Find out about the most modern options for green development methods.
- Learn the latest environmentally friendly techniques for reducing the impact of housing on natural areas.
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:
Build a Lucrative Green Development Enterprise with Valuable Lessons On:
- 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.
A complete roadmap for developing land in an environmentally friendly way - while increasing sales and profits
- 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
- Staying on Budget and on Time
- And More
Practical and easy-to-read, Be a Successful Green Land Developer shows you all the modern options for green land development that sustain the environment, while increasing sales and improving your bottom line. Written by successful land developer and bestselling McGraw-Hill author R. Dodge Woodson, the book explains the benefits of developing green space, presenting environmentally friendly techniques for reducing the impact of housing on natural areas.
This how-to guide includes advice on putting together a strong development team . . . working with real estate brokers . . . finding lenders and investors . . . and locating suitable development property. Filled with sample contracts, zoning documents, and broker forms, this business-building tool provides expert advice on drainage factors, soil considerations, roads and green spaces, water requirements, and many other aspects of green development.
From the Introduction
Sustainable building practices are the wave of the future. Going "green" is good for the environment and can be very good for your bank account. The demand for eco-friendly building practices is high. People are willing to pay more to waste less. This is a key to future success for land developers.
Whether you are a carpenter or a builder who wants to venture into becoming a green land developer, you should give serious consideration to sustainable development and construction practices.
Going green is not as simple as using a few green tactics in your development of house lots and commercial spaces. You should integrate various sustainable options to provide a full green package. This is the best way to earn your reputation as a green developer.
Before you take out new ads that label you as a green developer, you need to understand what responsibilities you are taking on. To be a real green developer, you are going to need to educate yourself from start to finish, and this book is the starting point.
With over 30 years of experience as a developer, designated real estate broker, builder, remodeler, and master plumber, I know what I'm talking about. This is your chance to gain invaluable experience for a fraction of the cost of what a one-hour consultation would cost. If you are looking for a brighter future in the green development business, this book is the book that you need.
Take a look at the table of contents. Flip through the pages and notice the tip boxes. I've done everything possible to make this book a pleasant trip rather than a boring learning experience. I trust that you will find this an effective view of what it takes to become a successful green land developer without the suffering often associated with learning. This is your fast track to getting in on the green boom.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Chapter 1: Why Should I Consider Green Land Development? Chapter 2: Using Green Space to Make Big Bucks. Chapter 3: Building a Strong Development Team. Chapter 4: Making Sales. Chapter 5: Setting Up Your Lenders and Investors. Chapter 6: Finding Suitable Development Property. Chapter 7: What Makes a Project Viable? Chapter 8: Looking for Land in all the Right Places. Chapter 9: Initial Investigations. Chapter 10: Drainage Factors. Chapter 11: Soil Considerations. Chapter 12: Calculating Land Loss from Road Costs and Green Space. Chapter 13: Water Requirements. Chapter 14: Flood Zones, Wetlands, and Other Deal-Stoppers. Chapter 15: Location, Location, Location. Chapter 16: Plans and Specifications. Chapter 17: Working with Contractors. Chapter 18: Projecting Profit Potential. Chapter 19: Zoning Considerations. Chapter 20: Closing Deals. Chapter 21: Supervising Your Site. Chapter 22: Staying on Budget and on Time. Chapter 23: Ideas for Environmentally Friendly Developments. Chapter 24: Going from Green Developing to Green Building. Appendix 1: Glossary of Green Words and Terms. Appendix 2: Time Saving Tips and Tables for Land Developers.