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Developers could have obstacles to rebuilding wildfire areas

Now that the smoke is clearing, surveying the damage done by the recent wildfires here in California could take some time. Even so, some developers are already beginning efforts to rebuild. However, they could encounter significant environmental obstacles as they do so.

Don't let your landlord hurt your business

Are you getting ready to open your own small business in California? If you are, where you open up shop can make all the difference in how well your company performs. It is not just about the location, though. The agreement you have with your landlord can have a significant impact on your bottom line.

Will the CEQA affect your new development?

The California Environmental Quality Act enforced by the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife provides guidelines regarding the protection of the environment. You may be required to apply for licenses and permits for your new development project through this agency. As a result, your request will more than likely involve a review to make sure it does not violate the act.

California developers could benefit from some legal help

Starting a new commercial venture can be an exciting time, but also a frustrating one. With so many decisions to make, both business and legal, what looks like an easy shopping center project on paper could quickly become complex. This is why California developers could benefit from some legal help with projects.

Pre- and post-occupancy study finds chemicals in green buildings

Are you a developer who is working to meet green building standards? Are you considering leasing a green building? If so, you may be interested to know about a recent study in the journal Environmental Institute that indicates that building "green" doesn't necessarily mean building healthy. Indoor air pollution often isn't considered when taking buildings green for other purposes, yet it can lead to a range of health issues.

California has an ongoing housing problem

Real estate development in California is a lucrative and complex business. Like any business that involves heavy investment, developers generally tend to favor projects that have the greatest return on an investment, but this is not the only factor to consider. As one of the largest economies in the world, California faces a difficult balancing act between expanding the business capabilities of the state and her cities, while also providing housing to meet the needs of the ever-increasing population.

Olympics pose a big housing problem

Los Angeles is not exactly "sparsely developed" in the regards to its real estate market. While we don't contend with the population density of many other, more vertically developed cities like New York, housing is not as easy to find by any stretch of the imagination. State and city officials understandably have a bit of complication on their hands in terms of the logistics of hosting the Olympics in 2028. The question on many people's minds is not so much where the events may take place, but moreover where will the thousands of athletes and other individuals working with the Olympics live during the event?

California City stands as a warning to developers

Being a real estate developer isn't just about having vision, it's about knowing the difference between a great opportunity and not overextending your ambitions. California City stands (more or less) as a stark reminder to developers in California of exactly how badly an overambitious development can go awry.

Governor pushes for incentives for affordable housing builders

California's governor is pushing for new legislation to address the need for affordable housing throughout the state, but simply wishing it is not all that is needed to create more affordable housing in the state. As things stand, developing affordable housing in California is a very complicated process.

How might automated cars affect real estate development?

Developing real estate can be endlessly complex, especially in southern California, where we have a tendency to be well ahead of the curve in the areas of regulations and guidelines for property development. As new technological advances change the landscape of how we think about building cities and creating spaces that stand the test of time, the process only becomes more complicated.