How the location quotient works
A location quotient gives you a picture of the concentration of an industry or demographic in a specified area when compared with national trends.
Analyzing industrial real estate supply and demand
Understanding supply and demand is key to identifying the best times to buy, sell and develop properties.
Real estate investing through REITs
REITs can provide a viable alternative for investing in real estate.
This vs that: Hard-tiled flooring vs concrete
How do hard-tiled flooring and concrete compare? Let’s break it down.
Agile construction management: A consideration for your next project
Agile construction management provides a unique, iterative approach and has been a successful model for many developers.
12 reasons to choose design-build (infographic)
This infographic features results from a new Design-Build Institute of America study showing why more people are choosing design-build.
Six ways winter weather may affect your commercial construction project
A season for hunkering and hibernating, winter can also be a season where the construction phase of your commercial project can slow dramatically or halt altogether.
Collaborative teams critical to delivering commercial construction projects on time and on budget
When it comes down to choosing a design-build contractor, the key is finding one that is truly a team.
Value engineering can save time and money in commercial construction
Value engineering aims to reduce cost without compromising overall project goals and quality.
A 1031 exchange could help you build business while reducing taxes
1031 exchanges allow investors to swap one investment property for another with limited or no capital gains tax.
This vs that: precast vs. site-cast concrete
Both precast and site-cast concrete have their benefits.
Eight tips for landlords to avoid common mistakes
Investing in real estate can be a solid way to build wealth, but only if you do it correctly.
Infographic shows commercial real estate loan rates
In this tight lending environment, it helps to understand your loan financing options.
SBA loans can help with commercial construction financing challenges
Increasing construction commodity prices, a tight labor market and rising interest rates mean you must get creative to source financing.
Building resiliency: What it is and what it means for your building project
Building resilience can ensure more rapid recovery from adverse events
Tracking construction project costs in a volatile market
Tips for tracking construction project costs in a volatile market
This vs that: spray foam or rigid foam insulation
When choosing insulation to use in your commercial construction project, it’s good to know you have a number of options
What's Trending: Construction industry labor shortage requires extra planning
The regional market is seeing a shortage of laborers to complete the work—potentially delaying both the start and completion of projects.
Quiz: Are You Ready to Build?
Think you're ready to build a new commercial structure? Take this quiz and find out!
Commercial construction site trip-ups: resolving hidden problems
Any sort of surprise on a commercial construction site can slow, stall or even stymie progress entirely.
Renovating senior community housing? 3 invaluable construction strategies
To stay competitive and relevant in the rapidly-evolving senior community housing industry, many are turning to major renovation projects.
Moonlighting as a real estate developer
Some experts say being a developer commands your full attention, but for many, that just isn’t realistic
What you need to know about insurance before your next commercial construction project
Insurance requirements differ depending on the scope and location of your project.
5 most commonly asked questions about real estate development
You’ve decided to develop real estate, but before you do, chances are you have questions.
Infographic shows 6 phases of the site-selection process
Senior Housing: Should we renovate or rebuild?
Factors to consider before deciding whether to renovate your senior housing property or restart with new construction
How long does it take to put together a construction budget?
Much of a project’s success hinges upon a comprehensive budget
This vs. That: wood versus steel framing
Both wood framing and steel framing have their benefits and drawbacks.
Four places you can cut costs on your next commercial building project
Effective ways to control your commercial project expenses and come within budget
Eight tips to ensure safety at your commercial construction site
To protect your investment and your people, here are some tips to ensure your construction zone is a safety zone, from groundbreaking through ribbon-cutting.
Working with OFIs and/or owner vendors:
When it makes sense, and how to divide and conquer
How to calculate ROI for real estate investments
When you’ve capitalized on a real estate investment opportunity, you and your investors want to know your return on investment (ROI). After all, it’s pretty safe to say every investor in...
The essential commercial property owner checklist to prep for a new building project
When you’re considering a new building project, it’s natural to look forward to the construction phase with excitement and anticipation. To make sure your new building project is...
Qualifying subcontractors in today's tight labor market
It’s no secret that today’s commercial construction labor market is tight, and there’s no end in sight. The issue is having an impact on the ability of firms to find qualified...
Life After Dark: Tips for Commercial Property Owners to Repurpose Dark Retail
For commercial property developers, dark retail can be a source of frustration, blight and erosion of property value. And it can drive down sales for other tenants, when, for example, an anchor store calls it quits—which, as consumers embrace e-commerce, is becoming commonplace. If you’re facing this dilemma as a commercial property owner, take some […]
Five essential questions to ask in a commercial contractor RFP
When developing a commercial contractor RFP for your organization's needs, it's essential to gather comprehensive information from each potential contractor so you can make the most informed...
Negotiation tips for construction loan financing
Negotiating a construction loan with a bank or lender isn’t something most of us do every day, but these five tips can help
Construction Material Costs Are Up: Here’s How to Keep Expenses Down
The cost of building materials continues to rise, and developers and builders are looking for ways to manage those increasing costs. At issue are increased demand for new housing construction,...
Construction Site Visits: Dos and Don’ts
Seeing your dream take shape in the form of a brand new office or retail structure is exciting. While you may be invited to view the progress of your company’s future site, keep in mind that...
To renovate or to build—and where to begin
All signals point toward a healthy economy and increased GDP in 2017 and following years, and the 7 Rivers Region is poised to follow suit. As local business owners and entrepreneurs look ahead to...
3 Signs You’re Hiring the Right Construction Firm for the Job
Hiring a construction firm can be an intimidating experience. After all, we’ve all heard how construction projects can go wrong. That’s why it’s essential to select the right construction firm before...
Top Five Trip-Ups When Restoring Old Buildings
Nothing quite matches the thrill of restoring an old building to its former glory. To undo the damage that has been done by the hands of time, and the unwitting errors of past property owners, can...
Building Something? Be Sure to Bring in the Experts
When you're focused on getting your building project done on schedule and within your budget, it may seem easier to just have one individual or trade company do it all. At a glance, such an...
Prefab Construction: When it Makes Sense, and When it Doesn't
The popularity of pre-fabrication construction is growing, in large part due to a shortage of construction laborers. Experts project that construction will grow six percent this year, yet the labor...
Five Hidden, Cost-Saving Measures for Commercial Construction
No matter how deep your project pockets, no one has an unlimited construction budget. The good news is there are many ways you can save on your commercial construction costs, some of them obvious and...
Building construction: 5 benefits to bringing in the specialists
When you're focused on getting your building construction project done on schedule and within your budget, it may seem easier to just have one individual or trade company do it all. At a glance, such...
Commercial Building: When to remodel vs. when to build
As your business grows and changes, its space needs are likely to change as well. Eventually, owners of an expanding and evolving business must ask themselves whether to remodel or remodel or build a...
Four insider tips to manage your commercial construction budget
You're ready to build, and it's taken a substantial amount of time, planning and capital to get here. You have your vision for the project, and you've established a budget. You might feel like you've...
Three tips for managing your commercial construction schedule
When you're ready to build, you want the project done right and completed on time. In truth, time is money when it comes to commercial construction. The sooner you can open our doors for business,...
Tips for choosing a commercial contractor
When you're ready to build, you want to partner with the right contractor for your business construction needs. Yet choosing a commercial contractor for your project can be an overwhelming first...
What is design build?
As you consider how to make your building project dreams a reality, you may want to consider the design build model, one of the most significant design and construction trends today. It's a...
Commercial construction and real estate development: getting started
When your business goals call for a new space in which to grow, it can be hard to know how to get the commercial construction process moving. In fact, the development of new commercial real estate...
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