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Chapters 22 & 24: Development and management. Real Estate Principles: A Value Approach Ling and Archer. Outline. Process of development Operation: ongoing management. Occasions for development. A use in search of a site: New locations for expanding franchise. Need for a new school.

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chapters 22 24 development and management

Chapters 22 & 24: Development and management

Real Estate Principles: A Value Approach

Ling and Archer

  • Process of development
  • Operation: ongoing management
occasions for development
Occasions for development
  • A use in search of a site:
    • New locations for expanding franchise.
    • Need for a new school.
  • A site in search of a use:
    • Raw land in path of urban growth.
    • Land adjacent to new freeway intersection.
  • Resources in search of an opportunity:
    • Pension fund with money to invest.
    • Private investor looking for high-yield investment.
process of development
Process of development
  • Establishing site control
  • Feasibility analysis, refinement, and testing
  • Obtaining permits
  • Design: Architect and other professionals
  • Financing
  • Construction
  • Marketing and leasing
  • Operation
1 establishing site control
1. Establishing site control
  • Wide differences in access to land.
  • Land already owned.
    • Dream case.
  • Land assembled for specific purpose.
    • Difficulty of land assembly often justifies government involvement in urban renewal.
    • Assembly of land for Walt Disney World—devised elaborate blind entities to acquire all of the pieces of land to eliminate a “hostage/holdout” situation.
a holdout in china
A holdout in China

The builders have since excavated a 10-metre pit around Yang's house, so he is holed up there without water or electricity, threatening to use his martial arts skills against anyone who tries to dislodge him.

Source: CBC News

wsj june 15 2007
WSJ, June 15, 2007
  • “The Clise family began buying prime real estate here (Seattle) in 1889…Now, after patiently accumulating 13 contiguous acres downtown…the family is putting the land on the market.”
  • “The area…has the potential for 13 million SF of development—which would rival the size of…the entire World Trade Center complex in New York.
  • “My father talked to me about this…you do not want to sell this off piecemeal…the value is in the assemblage as a whole.”
but part ii wsj apr 25 2008
But, part II: WSJ, Apr. 25, 2008
  • “Economy, credit woes take toll on builders’ grand plans.”
  • “Seattle’s Clise family is pulling a 13-acre property for sale for at least $600 million off the market.”
  • “It was a very positive environment. All the moons were aligned. And then we lost that environment.”
tools for site control
Tools for site control
  • Options: right (but not obligation) to purchase land in future before a certain date, at a predetermined price.
    • This gives time to developer for conducting feasibility analysis, run construction and environment evaluation, to obtain necessary zoning, etc.
  • Joint venture: landowner puts land into development in return for share of profits.
    • May do joint venture with future tenants as well.
2 feasibility analysis refinement and testing
2. Feasibility analysis, refinement, and testing
  • Financial feasibility question: does the value, when built, exceed the cost?
    • An application of NPV analysis.
  • Tests and surveys that may be necessary:
    • Soil tests.
    • Environmental tests.
    • Critical habitats (Endangered Species Act).
    • Seismic tests (earthquake vulnerability).
    • Archaeological (prehistoric ruins).
3 obtaining permits
3. Obtaining permits
  • Multiple layers of permits may be needed.
    • Site plan review.
    • Regional and environmental impact review.
    • Zoning change.
  • Site plan review: an inevitable hurdle.
    • Complex set of issues.
    • Rules and criteria involve interpretation by authorities.
    • Neighbors usually resist change.
    • Negotiation is critical skill: important to building support of authorities and citizens in advance.
    • Negative decision can kill a project in one meeting.
  • NIMBY: not in my back yard.
  • BANANA: build absolutely nothing anywhere near anything.
  • “Every successful developer is a good negotiator …. Through a thicket of obstructions and objections.”
4 design
4. Design
  • Architect: represent developer in hearings for permits; provide pre-design schematics of user functions and resulting spatial interactions; provide complete design; serve as project manager.
  • Land planner: creates development layout or “map.”
  • Landscape architect:Shapes topography, soils, vegetation, and other objects around a structure to harmonize with and enhance it.
  • Engineers: soil, mechanical, electrical, civil, etc.
greener buildings greener bottom line
Greener buildings, greener bottom line
  • Toyota Motor Sales USA likes green the way Henry Ford liked black…the division's new Torrance, California, headquarters is one of the largest environmentally friendly building complexes in the U.S… All good intentions aside, Toyota went green more for the payback than the praise. At a minimum…the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-guided design for the complex had to surpass a 10 % return on investment. "The project focused on long-term operational savings to increase the rate of return."
  • Source:
5 financing
5. Financing
  • Development has a sequence of financing needs:
    • Land acquisition and preconstruction.
    • Construction.
    • Gap or “mezzanine” financing.
    • Postconstruction.
land acquisition and preconstruction financing
Land acquisition and preconstruction financing
  • Land acquisition cost:cost of the land.
  • Preconstruction costs (“soft costs”): title examination; feasibility analysis, market research and testing, permitting process (legal and architectural fees).
  • Typical dilemma: developer faces capital constraint, but banks and other institutions are reluctant to lend on asset with no cash flow.
  • Solutions: use of option, joint venture, and equity partners.
construction financing
Construction financing
  • Covers soft costs and hard costs (for direct costs of materials, labor, etc.).
  • Typically from a bank.
  • Floating rate is popular (over prime rate or LIBOR).
  • This type of financing is less risky than land acquisition financing: No title, environmental or ecological risks; permits all in hand.
mezzanine debt
Mezzanine debt
  • Banks usually lend only 70 – 80% of construction costs.
  • In place of equity to fill gap, developer may seek high-interest-rate mezzanine debt.
  • Often secured by pledge of ownership shares, but not of property.
  • More expensive than first mortgage construction debt, but cheaper than equity financing.
postconstruction financing
Postconstruction financing
  • Construction financing usually lasts less than 2-3 years.
  • Most construction financing providers (e.g., banks) expect to harvest their loans shortly after issuance of a certificate of occupancy.
  • Postconstruction financing can be a take-out permanent loan that kicks in when the certificate of occupancy is issued.
    • This financing may be come in stages; at the beginning, the financing size can be small, called “floor loan.”
  • Another financing approach is to have a “miniperm loan.” A miniperm loan is a construction and postconstruction loan. The typical loan term is 5 years.
6 construction
6. Construction
  • Construction is a complex organizational problem with dozens of subcontractors and hundreds of steps.
  • General contractor: oversees and controls project.
  • Construction manager: liaison and representative of developer during construction.
7 marketing and leasing
7. Marketing and leasing
  • Marketing normally is carried out by an “outside” broker.
8 operation
8. Operation
  • Chapters 22 and 23.
  • Effective management is important to maintain and increase value.
a developer donald trump
A developer: Donald Trump
  • “When I build something for somebody, I always add $50 million or $60 million onto the price. My guys come in, they say it's going to cost $75 million. I say it's going to cost $125 million, and I build it for $100 million. Basically, I did a lousy job. But they think I did a great job”.
operation ongoing management
Operation: ongoing management
  • Commercial RE is extremely management intensive; it is not like putting $ in stocks or bonds.
  • The value of commercial RE is largely created by holding the property for a long period of time, say 10 years.
  • Transaction costs are too high to buy and sell property frequently.
  • Thus for a long horizon, effective ongoing management is particularly important.
2 layers re management
2 layers’ RE management
  • Asset management: asset manager deals with physical, financing, or ownership structure of the property.
    • Managing the principal’s RE portfolios
    • Refinancing
    • Expansion
    • Making recommendations for buying and selling properties
  • Property management: property manager is responsible for day-to-day operations of the property.
    • Marketing
    • Selecting tenants
    • Collecting rents
asset manager
Asset manager
  • Asset manager (who has RE expertise) usually work for institutional investors (who do not have RE expertise).
  • Usually requires an advanced degree.
asset management functions i
Asset management functions, I
  • Before property is acquired:
    • Finds specific assets in which owner/client can invest.
    • Researches/arranges the financing.
    • Negotiates acquisition price.
    • Oversee due diligence and closing process.
  • Compare to asset managers of stock or bond portfolios!
asset management functions ii
Asset management functions, II
  • After property is acquired:
    • Monitor and control operating performance.
      • Site visits, property tax assessments, etc.
    • Report value-enhancing opportunities for rehabilitation, historic preservation, modernization, and conversion.
    • Suggest strategies for lowering owner’s cost of capital.
    • Be aware of opportunities to restructure equity ownership.
    • Continually reassess buy vs. hold decision.
an asset manager s required knowledge set
An asset manager’s required knowledge set
  • Portfolio theory
  • Asset pricing
  • Capital market (financing)
  • Urban economics (location)
  • Investment value analysis
  • Appraisal
  • Property management
  • Get an MBA, MSRE, or MSRED.
an asset management firm prei
An asset management firm: PREI
  • Prudential Real Estate Investors (PREI) is the real estate investment management business of Prudential Financial. PREI, comprised of fund management centers in the US in Parsippany, New Jersey and Atlanta, Georgia; and globally in Munich, London, Singapore and Mexico City; is supported by a network of local offices throughout the world. PREI’s specialized operating units offer a broad range of investment opportunities and investment management services in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. As of December 31, 2006, PREI managed $36.9 billion of gross assets ($26.2 billion net) on behalf of more than 400 clients and is ranked among the largest real estate investment managers.
property manager
Property manager
  • Often needs to report to an asset manager.
  • Detail-oriented.
property management functions
Property management functions
  • Marketing the property
    • Leases are perishable assets.
    • Independent brokers are usually paid on a commission basis.
  • Selecting tenants
    • Credit tenants.
      • Vast majority of potential tenants are not credit tenants.
    • Tenant mix.
  • Signing leases
  • Collecting rent
  • Repairing and maintaining property
  • Communicating with owners
  • Maintaining tenant relations
property management education
Property management education
  • University education rarely focuses on this profession; the closest one may be hotel management.
  • A number of professional and trade organizations (education providers) exist:
    • Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)
    • Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA)