How many Multifamily Development Opportunities in Downtown Dallas, Texas?

In Downtown Dallas, 190 sites are vacant and allow between 100-500 units, and only six of those sites are larger than 9,600 SF.

Read More →

How much development potential is in Dallas, Texas?

Dallas, Texas has 294,122 sites, and 12% are vacant. That’s 35,643 vacant sites. Moreover, 17% of the vacant sites allow for the construction of at least 100 units. That’s 6,299 vacant sites with massive multifamily development.

Read More →

How many cities do we have live in the Dallas-Fort Worth MSA?

Two MSAs were in most demand, Dallas-Fort Worth and Tampa, Florida. These cities make sense because Texas and Florida benefited from the most significant migration influxes.

Read More →

How is data science different from software engineering?

Data science requires a curiosity for the subject matter, intimacy, a timid conversation, and a delicacy in each step. The results are unknown. There is nothing to win by rushing or arriving at a fast conclusion. It is consistent discovery, moving targets, a dance, or at least a hopeful embrace with data.

Read More →

Are there multifamily opportunities in Lincoln Park, Chicago?

Using the Deepblocks software, you can also test fit the development project. To maximize the total allowable units, we had to make the average unit size 410 SF. Units this size will be tiny one-bedrooms or small studios.

Read More →

Are there assemblage opportunities in Bridgeport, Chicago?

Deepblocks digitized the Chicago zoning map to help anyone find assemblages. You simply search for sites that allow for more than seven, in the case of Bridgeport, and that also have less than 3,000 SF of existing building area.

Read More →

How many multifamily assemblage opportunities are in West Town, Chicago?

Assemblages are growing in popularity due to the lack of land for new development. Using the deepblocks software, we first scoped out the general density of the area and noticed that most of the properties can yield between five and twenty units each.

Read More →

How many sites have development potential in Chicago?

Chicago has 604,319 properties under the Chicago Zoning Map. Deepblocks has digitized the Chicago Zoning Map to identify where the development opportunities are across the city.

Read More →

We have zoning for 16,430,232 sites in the US.

Deepblocks software includes zoning data for 16,430,232 sites in the US. Moreover, these data points are not just digitized, they are all part of powerful site-selection functionality

Read More →

Interested in the Chicago Zoning Map?

The Chicago zoning map is currently the most analyzed among all metropolitan cities. We looked into it, and it makes sense; Chicago is amidst a dozen mega development projects.

Read More →

Looking for Multifamily Development Opportunities?

Searching by units allowed is most straightforward in cities with zoning ordinances that include a unit-density value. This metric can vary from city to city and even within zoning ordinances.

Read More →

Why is the total buildable area the ultimate zoning value?

Total buildable area normalizes parcels and allows us to compare how much we can build, apples to apples. At the city scale, this metric gives us an instant snapshot of where a city is planning its growth.

Read More →

What is a development multiple?

A development multiple tells us how much development potential there is on any given property. It is an abstraction of how much room there is left for development.

Read More →

Can the Inland Empire be the foundation for a circular city?

There are benefits beyond having our “One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer” delivered on the same day. We’d have an opportunity for a truly circular economy. With this hybrid city, we reduce the need for transportation of all things.

Read More →

Can industrial warehouses and residential zoning coexist?

The only way to fulfill nearly instant delivery expectations is to bring the warehouses closer to our homes.

Read More →

What are the goals of our cities?

Our cities result from geometric urban design in collision with the economics of real estate development. Shaping a city is not trivial.

Read More →

Why can’t humans predict exponential growth?

During my time at Singularity, I had one of my career’s most important epiphanies—humans can’t predict exponential growth.

Read More →

What is a Smart City? A Brief Introduction

The future city is a living organism with an artificial mind that provides insights to decision-makers and the community.

Read More →

Austin, TX, Single Family Development: One unit per lot.

Explore Austin, TX, single-family community development and discover how to scan markets based on zoning criteria.

Read More →

Deepblocks opens to the public. Just in time for quarantine.

We’ve brought down our sign-up walls and are now open to the public with quite a bit of functionality.

Read More →

Are you Afraid of AI?

I subscribe to the idea that digitization and automation promise a future of abundance.

Read More →

Deepblocks Custom PDF: Branded Real Estate Reports

We are proud to announce that we figured it out and the custom PDF report is now live.

Read More →

Old buildings: What is Replacement Cost?

Replacement cost is asking the questions “how much would it cost if I had to build it from scratch?”.

Read More →

Investing in Single-Family Homes? Find the ones zoned for duplex.

Single-family homes make up a large percentage of most of our cities’ total area. For example, in the City of Miami, 46,400 of 67,921 parcels (68%) are zoned for single-family homes.

Read More →

How Big Data Will Impact Real Estate Buying, Selling and Developing

The emerging Big-Data-fueled technologies can provide new insights and approaches to how luxury real estate is developed, priced, sold and bought.

Read More →

How are you educating your client?

The more sophisticated your clients get, the more you need to stay ahead of the curve. Provide value beyond that which is already available.

Read More →

Why Brokers Need Zoning

Property listings have three general options: sell as-is, sell for its rehab potential, or sell for its development potential. Each option has a different type of buyer. The more you focus your sales pitch, the faster you close.

Read More →

NYC Opportunity Zones: The Potential in Queens

This week, Jeff examines the hidden potential in Queens’ Opportunity Zones, by analyzing the difference between existing building stock and total gross buildable. What zip codes hold the most promise?

Read More →

NYC: A Brooklyn Case Study

This week, a Case Study using Deepblocks software to analyze a single property in Brooklyn. Jeff goes through three different scenarios, and figures out what yields the best Return on Cost.

Read More →

NYC: Leveraging Parcel Data

This week, Jeff delves into what’s possible to build in New York City’s Opportunity Zones, focusing on the three largest boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.

Read More →

NYC Opportunity Zones: Land Use

This week, Jeff takes a look at NYC Opportunity Zones, and what uses seem to make the most sense in terms of developement.

Read More →

NYC: Opportunity Zones!

Deepblocks’ New York City dataset has over 800,000 parcels! In the first post of a series, Jeff looks at Opportunity Zones in NYC. Can you guess which borough has the most Opportunity Zone parcels?

Read More →

Industrial & Work Place in Miami’s Opportunity Zones

Jeff explores D1 and D2 zoning (Industrial and Work Place) to see the possibilities that open up for different types of development, especially considering that D1 allows the use Work-Live.

Read More →

Edgewater: The Hot Opportunity Zone

The Edgewater neighborhood Opportunity Zone has been recently in the news. Jeff checks it out using our free web-based app Deepblocks Maps. After a quick survey, it was easy to see what the fuss was all about.

Read More →

Interested in Opportunity Zones? Let data help guide your search for development opportunities.

In today’s post, Jeff examines the parcel make up of Miami Opportunity Zones from a bird’s-eye view, and speculates on optimal zoning types for development.  

Read More →

TOD’s in Miami’s Opportunity Zones.

This week, Jeff uncovered all the parcels within a Transit Oriented Development (TOD), which qualify for a reduction in parking requirements, as stated in the Miami 21 zoning code, and analyzed them using our Deepblocks software. Take a look!

Read More →

Deepblocks Maps: Identify what and how much you can build in Miami

Deepblocks Maps is here! We’re very excited to announce our new, FREE web-based mobile and desktop application that instantly shows you what you can build in a growing number of cities.
maps.deepblocks.com

Read More →

The value of T4’s and T5’s in Miami’s Opportunity Zones

Jeff explores Miami21 regulations that favor buildings under 10,000 SF. Combined with the financial incentives of Opportunity Zones, some interesting value-added propositions arise.

Read More →

Build More Units in Miami’s Opportunity Zones: The Multifamily Play

Jeff explores multifamily development plays that benefit from the juxtaposition of Opportunity Zones and RDIAs (Residential Density Increase Areas).

Read More →

Old Buildings in Miami’s Opportunity Zones

Old buildings offer untapped market possibilities for Opportunity Zone Funds, developers, brokers, property owners, and community stakeholders.

Read More →

Vacant Land in Miami’s Opportunity Zones

Jeff explores the value-proposition within Opportunity Zones. Where are these parcels located? How much vacant land is there within Opportunity Zones?

Read More →

Final Alpha Release

Our final Alpha release is live, and launched with a more robust architecture and some exciting new features. This is the last free version, and only available for a limited time. Make sure you sign up here.

Read More →

Our Target Market: Why Deepblocks will partner with real estate brokers first

Real estate advisors are adopting technology to increase the speed of dealfinding, generating presentations, and marketing a deal. However, when it comes to investment analysis, they are still dependent on local experts, which slows down the entire process.

Read More →

The Solution: Reinventing the Cycle

Artificial Intelligence processes information faster and more efficiently than the human brain: millions of data points per second. We want every development data point centralized and integrated into a single smart system that can traverse every city in the world. Deepblocks is innovating with smart tools that will help YOU change the way we live.

Read More →

The Problem: Why build AI for Real Estate Development?

Students, brokers, advisors, agents, architects, investors, bankers, heirs, and contractors who want to contribute to the built environment are looking for new tools to discover, analyze, test and reinvent. What if those who have a different vision for the way people live have the tools to accomplish this?

Read More →

$15 Billion and More for Opportunity Zone Funds: Optimize the Investment

Funds of $500M, and even $1B are being raised all over the United States to take advantage of government-initiated programs designed to provide capital for underserved communities.

Read More →

$900 Million in Commissions: How Opportunity Zones Affect Brokers and How Deepblocks Can Help

Opportunity Zone Funds have caused quite the stir in the investment and real estate development world. Approximately $15 billion is being raised by the top 72 funds across the country.

Read More →

Opportunity Zones: Points and Challenges

The Opportunity Zone extravaganza is flooding the real estate industry with speculation and appetite for alternative funding. It is timely: as interest rates rise and bank loans are less attractive, real estate development may find alternative funding.

Read More →

Density

Density regulations shape our cities. They designate how many people will live in a specific area, which has implications on quality of life issues, especially at the ends of the spectrum. These include air quality, access to public transit, walkability, etc.

Read More →

Setbacks

Setbacks shape the pedestrian experience. They regulate whether a pedestrian will encounter ground floor shops and cafes as they walk down a street, or lawns that separate them from building activity, while providing privacy to building dwellers. Setbacks also control minimum building separation.

Read More →

Building Height

Heights are regulated in multiple ways, depending on the zone. Most zoning districts regulate building height, either as total number of floors or as a linear measure, and they also regulate the minimum and maximum dimensions of ground floors and typical floors.

Read More →

Parking Requirements by Use

Parking is a huge factor in development. Most zoning districts have some type of parking requirement by use, which not only shapes the way our cities look, but also the way people live and interact with one another. Here are some definitions that are useful in this conversation.

Read More →

Financial Outputs: The Back of Envelope

The BOE is a one-year snapshot of a real estate project’s financial performance, often used to filter bad deals from a series of development options. The idea is to produce a simple measure across all properties, such as return on cost (ROC).

Read More →

Condo Financials

A condominium is a building, or complex of buildings, in which every apartment or home is individually owned. Financial analysis of a condominium is different from an income producing property because the return on cost (ROC) for a condominium is generated from the total sale of the condos instead of the rent cash flow.

Read More →

Multifamily Financials

Multifamily residential is a rental income property that contains multiple separate housing units. A multifamily building generally has one owner, or landlord, that rents units to residential inhabitants, or tenants.

Read More →

Hotel Financials

Hotels are lodging businesses that provide accommodation, meals, and other services for travelers and tourists. Hotel owners may own both the building and the business and are responsible for all expenses related to business operations and building improvements.

Read More →

Industrial Financials

Industrial real estate projects house facilities that do activities such as production, manufacturing, assembly, warehousing, research, light storage, distribution, etc.

Read More →

Office Financials

Office development financials are similar to other income properties with the exception that common areas are also part of the leasable space.

Read More →

Single Family Financials

Single family refers to dwelling units, either attached or detached, designed to be used by a single household, and with direct access to the street.

Read More →

Retail Financials

Retail (or commercial) development can be freestanding or part of a mixed-use project, such as shops and restaurants on the ground floor of a residential or office building.

Read More →

How many Multifamily Development Opportunities in Downtown Dallas, Texas?

In Downtown Dallas, 190 sites are vacant and allow between 100-500 units, and only six of those sites are larger than 9,600 SF.

Read More →

How much development potential is in Dallas, Texas?

Dallas, Texas has 294,122 sites, and 12% are vacant. That’s 35,643 vacant sites. Moreover, 17% of the vacant sites allow for the construction of at least 100 units. That’s 6,299 vacant sites with massive multifamily development.

Read More →

How many cities do we have live in the Dallas-Fort Worth MSA?

Two MSAs were in most demand, Dallas-Fort Worth and Tampa, Florida. These cities make sense because Texas and Florida benefited from the most significant migration influxes.

Read More →

How is data science different from software engineering?

Data science requires a curiosity for the subject matter, intimacy, a timid conversation, and a delicacy in each step. The results are unknown. There is nothing to win by rushing or arriving at a fast conclusion. It is consistent discovery, moving targets, a dance, or at least a hopeful embrace with data.

Read More →

Are there multifamily opportunities in Lincoln Park, Chicago?

Using the Deepblocks software, you can also test fit the development project. To maximize the total allowable units, we had to make the average unit size 410 SF. Units this size will be tiny one-bedrooms or small studios.

Read More →

Are there assemblage opportunities in Bridgeport, Chicago?

Deepblocks digitized the Chicago zoning map to help anyone find assemblages. You simply search for sites that allow for more than seven, in the case of Bridgeport, and that also have less than 3,000 SF of existing building area.

Read More →

How many multifamily assemblage opportunities are in West Town, Chicago?

Assemblages are growing in popularity due to the lack of land for new development. Using the deepblocks software, we first scoped out the general density of the area and noticed that most of the properties can yield between five and twenty units each.

Read More →

How many sites have development potential in Chicago?

Chicago has 604,319 properties under the Chicago Zoning Map. Deepblocks has digitized the Chicago Zoning Map to identify where the development opportunities are across the city.

Read More →

We have zoning for 16,430,232 sites in the US.

Deepblocks software includes zoning data for 16,430,232 sites in the US. Moreover, these data points are not just digitized, they are all part of powerful site-selection functionality

Read More →

Interested in the Chicago Zoning Map?

The Chicago zoning map is currently the most analyzed among all metropolitan cities. We looked into it, and it makes sense; Chicago is amidst a dozen mega development projects.

Read More →

Looking for Multifamily Development Opportunities?

Searching by units allowed is most straightforward in cities with zoning ordinances that include a unit-density value. This metric can vary from city to city and even within zoning ordinances.

Read More →

Why is the total buildable area the ultimate zoning value?

Total buildable area normalizes parcels and allows us to compare how much we can build, apples to apples. At the city scale, this metric gives us an instant snapshot of where a city is planning its growth.

Read More →

What is a development multiple?

A development multiple tells us how much development potential there is on any given property. It is an abstraction of how much room there is left for development.

Read More →

Can the Inland Empire be the foundation for a circular city?

There are benefits beyond having our “One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer” delivered on the same day. We’d have an opportunity for a truly circular economy. With this hybrid city, we reduce the need for transportation of all things.

Read More →

Can industrial warehouses and residential zoning coexist?

The only way to fulfill nearly instant delivery expectations is to bring the warehouses closer to our homes.

Read More →

What are the goals of our cities?

Our cities result from geometric urban design in collision with the economics of real estate development. Shaping a city is not trivial.

Read More →

Why can’t humans predict exponential growth?

During my time at Singularity, I had one of my career’s most important epiphanies—humans can’t predict exponential growth.

Read More →

What is a Smart City? A Brief Introduction

The future city is a living organism with an artificial mind that provides insights to decision-makers and the community.

Read More →

Austin, TX, Single Family Development: One unit per lot.

Explore Austin, TX, single-family community development and discover how to scan markets based on zoning criteria.

Read More →

Deepblocks opens to the public. Just in time for quarantine.

We’ve brought down our sign-up walls and are now open to the public with quite a bit of functionality.

Read More →

Are you Afraid of AI?

I subscribe to the idea that digitization and automation promise a future of abundance.

Read More →

Deepblocks Custom PDF: Branded Real Estate Reports

We are proud to announce that we figured it out and the custom PDF report is now live.

Read More →

Old buildings: What is Replacement Cost?

Replacement cost is asking the questions “how much would it cost if I had to build it from scratch?”.

Read More →

Investing in Single-Family Homes? Find the ones zoned for duplex.

Single-family homes make up a large percentage of most of our cities’ total area. For example, in the City of Miami, 46,400 of 67,921 parcels (68%) are zoned for single-family homes.

Read More →

How Big Data Will Impact Real Estate Buying, Selling and Developing

The emerging Big-Data-fueled technologies can provide new insights and approaches to how luxury real estate is developed, priced, sold and bought.

Read More →

How are you educating your client?

The more sophisticated your clients get, the more you need to stay ahead of the curve. Provide value beyond that which is already available.

Read More →

Why Brokers Need Zoning

Property listings have three general options: sell as-is, sell for its rehab potential, or sell for its development potential. Each option has a different type of buyer. The more you focus your sales pitch, the faster you close.

Read More →

NYC Opportunity Zones: The Potential in Queens

This week, Jeff examines the hidden potential in Queens’ Opportunity Zones, by analyzing the difference between existing building stock and total gross buildable. What zip codes hold the most promise?

Read More →

NYC: A Brooklyn Case Study

This week, a Case Study using Deepblocks software to analyze a single property in Brooklyn. Jeff goes through three different scenarios, and figures out what yields the best Return on Cost.

Read More →

NYC: Leveraging Parcel Data

This week, Jeff delves into what’s possible to build in New York City’s Opportunity Zones, focusing on the three largest boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.

Read More →

NYC Opportunity Zones: Land Use

This week, Jeff takes a look at NYC Opportunity Zones, and what uses seem to make the most sense in terms of developement.

Read More →

NYC: Opportunity Zones!

Deepblocks’ New York City dataset has over 800,000 parcels! In the first post of a series, Jeff looks at Opportunity Zones in NYC. Can you guess which borough has the most Opportunity Zone parcels?

Read More →

Industrial & Work Place in Miami’s Opportunity Zones

Jeff explores D1 and D2 zoning (Industrial and Work Place) to see the possibilities that open up for different types of development, especially considering that D1 allows the use Work-Live.

Read More →

Edgewater: The Hot Opportunity Zone

The Edgewater neighborhood Opportunity Zone has been recently in the news. Jeff checks it out using our free web-based app Deepblocks Maps. After a quick survey, it was easy to see what the fuss was all about.

Read More →

Interested in Opportunity Zones? Let data help guide your search for development opportunities.

In today’s post, Jeff examines the parcel make up of Miami Opportunity Zones from a bird’s-eye view, and speculates on optimal zoning types for development.  

Read More →

TOD’s in Miami’s Opportunity Zones.

This week, Jeff uncovered all the parcels within a Transit Oriented Development (TOD), which qualify for a reduction in parking requirements, as stated in the Miami 21 zoning code, and analyzed them using our Deepblocks software. Take a look!

Read More →

Deepblocks Maps: Identify what and how much you can build in Miami

Deepblocks Maps is here! We’re very excited to announce our new, FREE web-based mobile and desktop application that instantly shows you what you can build in a growing number of cities.
maps.deepblocks.com

Read More →

The value of T4’s and T5’s in Miami’s Opportunity Zones

Jeff explores Miami21 regulations that favor buildings under 10,000 SF. Combined with the financial incentives of Opportunity Zones, some interesting value-added propositions arise.

Read More →

Build More Units in Miami’s Opportunity Zones: The Multifamily Play

Jeff explores multifamily development plays that benefit from the juxtaposition of Opportunity Zones and RDIAs (Residential Density Increase Areas).

Read More →

Old Buildings in Miami’s Opportunity Zones

Old buildings offer untapped market possibilities for Opportunity Zone Funds, developers, brokers, property owners, and community stakeholders.

Read More →

Vacant Land in Miami’s Opportunity Zones

Jeff explores the value-proposition within Opportunity Zones. Where are these parcels located? How much vacant land is there within Opportunity Zones?

Read More →

Final Alpha Release

Our final Alpha release is live, and launched with a more robust architecture and some exciting new features. This is the last free version, and only available for a limited time. Make sure you sign up here.

Read More →

Our Target Market: Why Deepblocks will partner with real estate brokers first

Real estate advisors are adopting technology to increase the speed of dealfinding, generating presentations, and marketing a deal. However, when it comes to investment analysis, they are still dependent on local experts, which slows down the entire process.

Read More →

The Solution: Reinventing the Cycle

Artificial Intelligence processes information faster and more efficiently than the human brain: millions of data points per second. We want every development data point centralized and integrated into a single smart system that can traverse every city in the world. Deepblocks is innovating with smart tools that will help YOU change the way we live.

Read More →

The Problem: Why build AI for Real Estate Development?

Students, brokers, advisors, agents, architects, investors, bankers, heirs, and contractors who want to contribute to the built environment are looking for new tools to discover, analyze, test and reinvent. What if those who have a different vision for the way people live have the tools to accomplish this?

Read More →

$15 Billion and More for Opportunity Zone Funds: Optimize the Investment

Funds of $500M, and even $1B are being raised all over the United States to take advantage of government-initiated programs designed to provide capital for underserved communities.

Read More →

$900 Million in Commissions: How Opportunity Zones Affect Brokers and How Deepblocks Can Help

Opportunity Zone Funds have caused quite the stir in the investment and real estate development world. Approximately $15 billion is being raised by the top 72 funds across the country.

Read More →

Opportunity Zones: Points and Challenges

The Opportunity Zone extravaganza is flooding the real estate industry with speculation and appetite for alternative funding. It is timely: as interest rates rise and bank loans are less attractive, real estate development may find alternative funding.

Read More →

Density

Density regulations shape our cities. They designate how many people will live in a specific area, which has implications on quality of life issues, especially at the ends of the spectrum. These include air quality, access to public transit, walkability, etc.

Read More →

Setbacks

Setbacks shape the pedestrian experience. They regulate whether a pedestrian will encounter ground floor shops and cafes as they walk down a street, or lawns that separate them from building activity, while providing privacy to building dwellers. Setbacks also control minimum building separation.

Read More →

Building Height

Heights are regulated in multiple ways, depending on the zone. Most zoning districts regulate building height, either as total number of floors or as a linear measure, and they also regulate the minimum and maximum dimensions of ground floors and typical floors.

Read More →

Parking Requirements by Use

Parking is a huge factor in development. Most zoning districts have some type of parking requirement by use, which not only shapes the way our cities look, but also the way people live and interact with one another. Here are some definitions that are useful in this conversation.

Read More →

Financial Outputs: The Back of Envelope

The BOE is a one-year snapshot of a real estate project’s financial performance, often used to filter bad deals from a series of development options. The idea is to produce a simple measure across all properties, such as return on cost (ROC).

Read More →

Condo Financials

A condominium is a building, or complex of buildings, in which every apartment or home is individually owned. Financial analysis of a condominium is different from an income producing property because the return on cost (ROC) for a condominium is generated from the total sale of the condos instead of the rent cash flow.

Read More →

Multifamily Financials

Multifamily residential is a rental income property that contains multiple separate housing units. A multifamily building generally has one owner, or landlord, that rents units to residential inhabitants, or tenants.

Read More →

Hotel Financials

Hotels are lodging businesses that provide accommodation, meals, and other services for travelers and tourists. Hotel owners may own both the building and the business and are responsible for all expenses related to business operations and building improvements.

Read More →

Industrial Financials

Industrial real estate projects house facilities that do activities such as production, manufacturing, assembly, warehousing, research, light storage, distribution, etc.

Read More →

Office Financials

Office development financials are similar to other income properties with the exception that common areas are also part of the leasable space.

Read More →

Single Family Financials

Single family refers to dwelling units, either attached or detached, designed to be used by a single household, and with direct access to the street.

Read More →

Retail Financials

Retail (or commercial) development can be freestanding or part of a mixed-use project, such as shops and restaurants on the ground floor of a residential or office building.

Read More →

How many Multifamily Development Opportunities in Downtown Dallas, Texas?

In Downtown Dallas, 190 sites are vacant and allow between 100-500 units, and only six of those sites are larger than 9,600 SF.

Read More →

How much development potential is in Dallas, Texas?

Dallas, Texas has 294,122 sites, and 12% are vacant. That’s 35,643 vacant sites. Moreover, 17% of the vacant sites allow for the construction of at least 100 units. That’s 6,299 vacant sites with massive multifamily development.

Read More →

How many cities do we have live in the Dallas-Fort Worth MSA?

Two MSAs were in most demand, Dallas-Fort Worth and Tampa, Florida. These cities make sense because Texas and Florida benefited from the most significant migration influxes.

Read More →

How is data science different from software engineering?

Data science requires a curiosity for the subject matter, intimacy, a timid conversation, and a delicacy in each step. The results are unknown. There is nothing to win by rushing or arriving at a fast conclusion. It is consistent discovery, moving targets, a dance, or at least a hopeful embrace with data.

Read More →

Are there multifamily opportunities in Lincoln Park, Chicago?

Using the Deepblocks software, you can also test fit the development project. To maximize the total allowable units, we had to make the average unit size 410 SF. Units this size will be tiny one-bedrooms or small studios.

Read More →

Are there assemblage opportunities in Bridgeport, Chicago?

Deepblocks digitized the Chicago zoning map to help anyone find assemblages. You simply search for sites that allow for more than seven, in the case of Bridgeport, and that also have less than 3,000 SF of existing building area.

Read More →

How many multifamily assemblage opportunities are in West Town, Chicago?

Assemblages are growing in popularity due to the lack of land for new development. Using the deepblocks software, we first scoped out the general density of the area and noticed that most of the properties can yield between five and twenty units each.

Read More →

How many sites have development potential in Chicago?

Chicago has 604,319 properties under the Chicago Zoning Map. Deepblocks has digitized the Chicago Zoning Map to identify where the development opportunities are across the city.

Read More →

We have zoning for 16,430,232 sites in the US.

Deepblocks software includes zoning data for 16,430,232 sites in the US. Moreover, these data points are not just digitized, they are all part of powerful site-selection functionality

Read More →

Interested in the Chicago Zoning Map?

The Chicago zoning map is currently the most analyzed among all metropolitan cities. We looked into it, and it makes sense; Chicago is amidst a dozen mega development projects.

Read More →

Looking for Multifamily Development Opportunities?

Searching by units allowed is most straightforward in cities with zoning ordinances that include a unit-density value. This metric can vary from city to city and even within zoning ordinances.

Read More →

Why is the total buildable area the ultimate zoning value?

Total buildable area normalizes parcels and allows us to compare how much we can build, apples to apples. At the city scale, this metric gives us an instant snapshot of where a city is planning its growth.

Read More →

What is a development multiple?

A development multiple tells us how much development potential there is on any given property. It is an abstraction of how much room there is left for development.

Read More →

Can the Inland Empire be the foundation for a circular city?

There are benefits beyond having our “One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer” delivered on the same day. We’d have an opportunity for a truly circular economy. With this hybrid city, we reduce the need for transportation of all things.

Read More →

Can industrial warehouses and residential zoning coexist?

The only way to fulfill nearly instant delivery expectations is to bring the warehouses closer to our homes.

Read More →

What are the goals of our cities?

Our cities result from geometric urban design in collision with the economics of real estate development. Shaping a city is not trivial.

Read More →

Why can’t humans predict exponential growth?

During my time at Singularity, I had one of my career’s most important epiphanies—humans can’t predict exponential growth.

Read More →

What is a Smart City? A Brief Introduction

The future city is a living organism with an artificial mind that provides insights to decision-makers and the community.

Read More →

Austin, TX, Single Family Development: One unit per lot.

Explore Austin, TX, single-family community development and discover how to scan markets based on zoning criteria.

Read More →

Deepblocks opens to the public. Just in time for quarantine.

We’ve brought down our sign-up walls and are now open to the public with quite a bit of functionality.

Read More →

Are you Afraid of AI?

I subscribe to the idea that digitization and automation promise a future of abundance.

Read More →

Deepblocks Custom PDF: Branded Real Estate Reports

We are proud to announce that we figured it out and the custom PDF report is now live.

Read More →

Old buildings: What is Replacement Cost?

Replacement cost is asking the questions “how much would it cost if I had to build it from scratch?”.

Read More →

Investing in Single-Family Homes? Find the ones zoned for duplex.

Single-family homes make up a large percentage of most of our cities’ total area. For example, in the City of Miami, 46,400 of 67,921 parcels (68%) are zoned for single-family homes.

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How Big Data Will Impact Real Estate Buying, Selling and Developing

The emerging Big-Data-fueled technologies can provide new insights and approaches to how luxury real estate is developed, priced, sold and bought.

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How are you educating your client?

The more sophisticated your clients get, the more you need to stay ahead of the curve. Provide value beyond that which is already available.

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Why Brokers Need Zoning

Property listings have three general options: sell as-is, sell for its rehab potential, or sell for its development potential. Each option has a different type of buyer. The more you focus your sales pitch, the faster you close.

Read More →

NYC Opportunity Zones: The Potential in Queens

This week, Jeff examines the hidden potential in Queens’ Opportunity Zones, by analyzing the difference between existing building stock and total gross buildable. What zip codes hold the most promise?

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NYC: A Brooklyn Case Study

This week, a Case Study using Deepblocks software to analyze a single property in Brooklyn. Jeff goes through three different scenarios, and figures out what yields the best Return on Cost.

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NYC: Leveraging Parcel Data

This week, Jeff delves into what’s possible to build in New York City’s Opportunity Zones, focusing on the three largest boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.

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NYC Opportunity Zones: Land Use

This week, Jeff takes a look at NYC Opportunity Zones, and what uses seem to make the most sense in terms of developement.

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NYC: Opportunity Zones!

Deepblocks’ New York City dataset has over 800,000 parcels! In the first post of a series, Jeff looks at Opportunity Zones in NYC. Can you guess which borough has the most Opportunity Zone parcels?

Read More →

Industrial & Work Place in Miami’s Opportunity Zones

Jeff explores D1 and D2 zoning (Industrial and Work Place) to see the possibilities that open up for different types of development, especially considering that D1 allows the use Work-Live.

Read More →

Edgewater: The Hot Opportunity Zone

The Edgewater neighborhood Opportunity Zone has been recently in the news. Jeff checks it out using our free web-based app Deepblocks Maps. After a quick survey, it was easy to see what the fuss was all about.

Read More →

Interested in Opportunity Zones? Let data help guide your search for development opportunities.

In today’s post, Jeff examines the parcel make up of Miami Opportunity Zones from a bird’s-eye view, and speculates on optimal zoning types for development.  

Read More →

TOD’s in Miami’s Opportunity Zones.

This week, Jeff uncovered all the parcels within a Transit Oriented Development (TOD), which qualify for a reduction in parking requirements, as stated in the Miami 21 zoning code, and analyzed them using our Deepblocks software. Take a look!

Read More →

Deepblocks Maps: Identify what and how much you can build in Miami

Deepblocks Maps is here! We’re very excited to announce our new, FREE web-based mobile and desktop application that instantly shows you what you can build in a growing number of cities.
maps.deepblocks.com

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The value of T4’s and T5’s in Miami’s Opportunity Zones

Jeff explores Miami21 regulations that favor buildings under 10,000 SF. Combined with the financial incentives of Opportunity Zones, some interesting value-added propositions arise.

Read More →

Build More Units in Miami’s Opportunity Zones: The Multifamily Play

Jeff explores multifamily development plays that benefit from the juxtaposition of Opportunity Zones and RDIAs (Residential Density Increase Areas).

Read More →

Old Buildings in Miami’s Opportunity Zones

Old buildings offer untapped market possibilities for Opportunity Zone Funds, developers, brokers, property owners, and community stakeholders.

Read More →

Vacant Land in Miami’s Opportunity Zones

Jeff explores the value-proposition within Opportunity Zones. Where are these parcels located? How much vacant land is there within Opportunity Zones?

Read More →

Final Alpha Release

Our final Alpha release is live, and launched with a more robust architecture and some exciting new features. This is the last free version, and only available for a limited time. Make sure you sign up here.

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Our Target Market: Why Deepblocks will partner with real estate brokers first

Real estate advisors are adopting technology to increase the speed of dealfinding, generating presentations, and marketing a deal. However, when it comes to investment analysis, they are still dependent on local experts, which slows down the entire process.

Read More →

The Solution: Reinventing the Cycle

Artificial Intelligence processes information faster and more efficiently than the human brain: millions of data points per second. We want every development data point centralized and integrated into a single smart system that can traverse every city in the world. Deepblocks is innovating with smart tools that will help YOU change the way we live.

Read More →

The Problem: Why build AI for Real Estate Development?

Students, brokers, advisors, agents, architects, investors, bankers, heirs, and contractors who want to contribute to the built environment are looking for new tools to discover, analyze, test and reinvent. What if those who have a different vision for the way people live have the tools to accomplish this?

Read More →

$15 Billion and More for Opportunity Zone Funds: Optimize the Investment

Funds of $500M, and even $1B are being raised all over the United States to take advantage of government-initiated programs designed to provide capital for underserved communities.

Read More →

$900 Million in Commissions: How Opportunity Zones Affect Brokers and How Deepblocks Can Help

Opportunity Zone Funds have caused quite the stir in the investment and real estate development world. Approximately $15 billion is being raised by the top 72 funds across the country.

Read More →

Opportunity Zones: Points and Challenges

The Opportunity Zone extravaganza is flooding the real estate industry with speculation and appetite for alternative funding. It is timely: as interest rates rise and bank loans are less attractive, real estate development may find alternative funding.

Read More →

Density

Density regulations shape our cities. They designate how many people will live in a specific area, which has implications on quality of life issues, especially at the ends of the spectrum. These include air quality, access to public transit, walkability, etc.

Read More →

Setbacks

Setbacks shape the pedestrian experience. They regulate whether a pedestrian will encounter ground floor shops and cafes as they walk down a street, or lawns that separate them from building activity, while providing privacy to building dwellers. Setbacks also control minimum building separation.

Read More →

Building Height

Heights are regulated in multiple ways, depending on the zone. Most zoning districts regulate building height, either as total number of floors or as a linear measure, and they also regulate the minimum and maximum dimensions of ground floors and typical floors.

Read More →

Parking Requirements by Use

Parking is a huge factor in development. Most zoning districts have some type of parking requirement by use, which not only shapes the way our cities look, but also the way people live and interact with one another. Here are some definitions that are useful in this conversation.

Read More →

Financial Outputs: The Back of Envelope

The BOE is a one-year snapshot of a real estate project’s financial performance, often used to filter bad deals from a series of development options. The idea is to produce a simple measure across all properties, such as return on cost (ROC).

Read More →

Condo Financials

A condominium is a building, or complex of buildings, in which every apartment or home is individually owned. Financial analysis of a condominium is different from an income producing property because the return on cost (ROC) for a condominium is generated from the total sale of the condos instead of the rent cash flow.

Read More →

Multifamily Financials

Multifamily residential is a rental income property that contains multiple separate housing units. A multifamily building generally has one owner, or landlord, that rents units to residential inhabitants, or tenants.

Read More →

Hotel Financials

Hotels are lodging businesses that provide accommodation, meals, and other services for travelers and tourists. Hotel owners may own both the building and the business and are responsible for all expenses related to business operations and building improvements.

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Industrial Financials

Industrial real estate projects house facilities that do activities such as production, manufacturing, assembly, warehousing, research, light storage, distribution, etc.

Read More →

Office Financials

Office development financials are similar to other income properties with the exception that common areas are also part of the leasable space.

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Single Family Financials

Single family refers to dwelling units, either attached or detached, designed to be used by a single household, and with direct access to the street.

Read More →

Retail Financials

Retail (or commercial) development can be freestanding or part of a mixed-use project, such as shops and restaurants on the ground floor of a residential or office building.

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How many Multifamily Development Opportunities in Downtown Dallas, Texas?

In Downtown Dallas, 190 sites are vacant and allow between 100-500 units, and only six of those sites are larger than 9,600 SF.

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How much development potential is in Dallas, Texas?

Dallas, Texas has 294,122 sites, and 12% are vacant. That’s 35,643 vacant sites. Moreover, 17% of the vacant sites allow for the construction of at least 100 units. That’s 6,299 vacant sites with massive multifamily development.

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How many cities do we have live in the Dallas-Fort Worth MSA?

Two MSAs were in most demand, Dallas-Fort Worth and Tampa, Florida. These cities make sense because Texas and Florida benefited from the most significant migration influxes.

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How is data science different from software engineering?

Data science requires a curiosity for the subject matter, intimacy, a timid conversation, and a delicacy in each step. The results are unknown. There is nothing to win by rushing or arriving at a fast conclusion. It is consistent discovery, moving targets, a dance, or at least a hopeful embrace with data.

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Are there multifamily opportunities in Lincoln Park, Chicago?

Using the Deepblocks software, you can also test fit the development project. To maximize the total allowable units, we had to make the average unit size 410 SF. Units this size will be tiny one-bedrooms or small studios.

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Are there assemblage opportunities in Bridgeport, Chicago?

Deepblocks digitized the Chicago zoning map to help anyone find assemblages. You simply search for sites that allow for more than seven, in the case of Bridgeport, and that also have less than 3,000 SF of existing building area.

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How many multifamily assemblage opportunities are in West Town, Chicago?

Assemblages are growing in popularity due to the lack of land for new development. Using the deepblocks software, we first scoped out the general density of the area and noticed that most of the properties can yield between five and twenty units each.

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How many sites have development potential in Chicago?

Chicago has 604,319 properties under the Chicago Zoning Map. Deepblocks has digitized the Chicago Zoning Map to identify where the development opportunities are across the city.

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We have zoning for 16,430,232 sites in the US.

Deepblocks software includes zoning data for 16,430,232 sites in the US. Moreover, these data points are not just digitized, they are all part of powerful site-selection functionality

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Interested in the Chicago Zoning Map?

The Chicago zoning map is currently the most analyzed among all metropolitan cities. We looked into it, and it makes sense; Chicago is amidst a dozen mega development projects.

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Looking for Multifamily Development Opportunities?

Searching by units allowed is most straightforward in cities with zoning ordinances that include a unit-density value. This metric can vary from city to city and even within zoning ordinances.

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Why is the total buildable area the ultimate zoning value?

Total buildable area normalizes parcels and allows us to compare how much we can build, apples to apples. At the city scale, this metric gives us an instant snapshot of where a city is planning its growth.

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What is a development multiple?

A development multiple tells us how much development potential there is on any given property. It is an abstraction of how much room there is left for development.

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Can the Inland Empire be the foundation for a circular city?

There are benefits beyond having our “One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer” delivered on the same day. We’d have an opportunity for a truly circular economy. With this hybrid city, we reduce the need for transportation of all things.

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Can industrial warehouses and residential zoning coexist?

The only way to fulfill nearly instant delivery expectations is to bring the warehouses closer to our homes.

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What are the goals of our cities?

Our cities result from geometric urban design in collision with the economics of real estate development. Shaping a city is not trivial.

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Why can’t humans predict exponential growth?

During my time at Singularity, I had one of my career’s most important epiphanies—humans can’t predict exponential growth.

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What is a Smart City? A Brief Introduction

The future city is a living organism with an artificial mind that provides insights to decision-makers and the community.

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Austin, TX, Single Family Development: One unit per lot.

Explore Austin, TX, single-family community development and discover how to scan markets based on zoning criteria.

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Deepblocks opens to the public. Just in time for quarantine.

We’ve brought down our sign-up walls and are now open to the public with quite a bit of functionality.

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Are you Afraid of AI?

I subscribe to the idea that digitization and automation promise a future of abundance.

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Deepblocks Custom PDF: Branded Real Estate Reports

We are proud to announce that we figured it out and the custom PDF report is now live.

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Old buildings: What is Replacement Cost?

Replacement cost is asking the questions “how much would it cost if I had to build it from scratch?”.

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Investing in Single-Family Homes? Find the ones zoned for duplex.

Single-family homes make up a large percentage of most of our cities’ total area. For example, in the City of Miami, 46,400 of 67,921 parcels (68%) are zoned for single-family homes.

Read More →

How Big Data Will Impact Real Estate Buying, Selling and Developing

The emerging Big-Data-fueled technologies can provide new insights and approaches to how luxury real estate is developed, priced, sold and bought.

Read More →

How are you educating your client?

The more sophisticated your clients get, the more you need to stay ahead of the curve. Provide value beyond that which is already available.

Read More →

Why Brokers Need Zoning

Property listings have three general options: sell as-is, sell for its rehab potential, or sell for its development potential. Each option has a different type of buyer. The more you focus your sales pitch, the faster you close.

Read More →

NYC Opportunity Zones: The Potential in Queens

This week, Jeff examines the hidden potential in Queens’ Opportunity Zones, by analyzing the difference between existing building stock and total gross buildable. What zip codes hold the most promise?

Read More →

NYC: A Brooklyn Case Study

This week, a Case Study using Deepblocks software to analyze a single property in Brooklyn. Jeff goes through three different scenarios, and figures out what yields the best Return on Cost.

Read More →

NYC: Leveraging Parcel Data

This week, Jeff delves into what’s possible to build in New York City’s Opportunity Zones, focusing on the three largest boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.

Read More →

NYC Opportunity Zones: Land Use

This week, Jeff takes a look at NYC Opportunity Zones, and what uses seem to make the most sense in terms of developement.

Read More →

NYC: Opportunity Zones!

Deepblocks’ New York City dataset has over 800,000 parcels! In the first post of a series, Jeff looks at Opportunity Zones in NYC. Can you guess which borough has the most Opportunity Zone parcels?

Read More →

Industrial & Work Place in Miami’s Opportunity Zones

Jeff explores D1 and D2 zoning (Industrial and Work Place) to see the possibilities that open up for different types of development, especially considering that D1 allows the use Work-Live.

Read More →

Edgewater: The Hot Opportunity Zone

The Edgewater neighborhood Opportunity Zone has been recently in the news. Jeff checks it out using our free web-based app Deepblocks Maps. After a quick survey, it was easy to see what the fuss was all about.

Read More →

Interested in Opportunity Zones? Let data help guide your search for development opportunities.

In today’s post, Jeff examines the parcel make up of Miami Opportunity Zones from a bird’s-eye view, and speculates on optimal zoning types for development.  

Read More →

TOD’s in Miami’s Opportunity Zones.

This week, Jeff uncovered all the parcels within a Transit Oriented Development (TOD), which qualify for a reduction in parking requirements, as stated in the Miami 21 zoning code, and analyzed them using our Deepblocks software. Take a look!

Read More →

Deepblocks Maps: Identify what and how much you can build in Miami

Deepblocks Maps is here! We’re very excited to announce our new, FREE web-based mobile and desktop application that instantly shows you what you can build in a growing number of cities.
maps.deepblocks.com

Read More →

The value of T4’s and T5’s in Miami’s Opportunity Zones

Jeff explores Miami21 regulations that favor buildings under 10,000 SF. Combined with the financial incentives of Opportunity Zones, some interesting value-added propositions arise.

Read More →

Build More Units in Miami’s Opportunity Zones: The Multifamily Play

Jeff explores multifamily development plays that benefit from the juxtaposition of Opportunity Zones and RDIAs (Residential Density Increase Areas).

Read More →

Old Buildings in Miami’s Opportunity Zones

Old buildings offer untapped market possibilities for Opportunity Zone Funds, developers, brokers, property owners, and community stakeholders.

Read More →

Vacant Land in Miami’s Opportunity Zones

Jeff explores the value-proposition within Opportunity Zones. Where are these parcels located? How much vacant land is there within Opportunity Zones?

Read More →

Final Alpha Release

Our final Alpha release is live, and launched with a more robust architecture and some exciting new features. This is the last free version, and only available for a limited time. Make sure you sign up here.

Read More →

Our Target Market: Why Deepblocks will partner with real estate brokers first

Real estate advisors are adopting technology to increase the speed of dealfinding, generating presentations, and marketing a deal. However, when it comes to investment analysis, they are still dependent on local experts, which slows down the entire process.

Read More →

The Solution: Reinventing the Cycle

Artificial Intelligence processes information faster and more efficiently than the human brain: millions of data points per second. We want every development data point centralized and integrated into a single smart system that can traverse every city in the world. Deepblocks is innovating with smart tools that will help YOU change the way we live.

Read More →

The Problem: Why build AI for Real Estate Development?

Students, brokers, advisors, agents, architects, investors, bankers, heirs, and contractors who want to contribute to the built environment are looking for new tools to discover, analyze, test and reinvent. What if those who have a different vision for the way people live have the tools to accomplish this?

Read More →

$15 Billion and More for Opportunity Zone Funds: Optimize the Investment

Funds of $500M, and even $1B are being raised all over the United States to take advantage of government-initiated programs designed to provide capital for underserved communities.

Read More →

$900 Million in Commissions: How Opportunity Zones Affect Brokers and How Deepblocks Can Help

Opportunity Zone Funds have caused quite the stir in the investment and real estate development world. Approximately $15 billion is being raised by the top 72 funds across the country.

Read More →

Opportunity Zones: Points and Challenges

The Opportunity Zone extravaganza is flooding the real estate industry with speculation and appetite for alternative funding. It is timely: as interest rates rise and bank loans are less attractive, real estate development may find alternative funding.

Read More →

Density

Density regulations shape our cities. They designate how many people will live in a specific area, which has implications on quality of life issues, especially at the ends of the spectrum. These include air quality, access to public transit, walkability, etc.

Read More →

Setbacks

Setbacks shape the pedestrian experience. They regulate whether a pedestrian will encounter ground floor shops and cafes as they walk down a street, or lawns that separate them from building activity, while providing privacy to building dwellers. Setbacks also control minimum building separation.

Read More →

Building Height

Heights are regulated in multiple ways, depending on the zone. Most zoning districts regulate building height, either as total number of floors or as a linear measure, and they also regulate the minimum and maximum dimensions of ground floors and typical floors.

Read More →

Parking Requirements by Use

Parking is a huge factor in development. Most zoning districts have some type of parking requirement by use, which not only shapes the way our cities look, but also the way people live and interact with one another. Here are some definitions that are useful in this conversation.

Read More →

Financial Outputs: The Back of Envelope

The BOE is a one-year snapshot of a real estate project’s financial performance, often used to filter bad deals from a series of development options. The idea is to produce a simple measure across all properties, such as return on cost (ROC).

Read More →

Condo Financials

A condominium is a building, or complex of buildings, in which every apartment or home is individually owned. Financial analysis of a condominium is different from an income producing property because the return on cost (ROC) for a condominium is generated from the total sale of the condos instead of the rent cash flow.

Read More →

Multifamily Financials

Multifamily residential is a rental income property that contains multiple separate housing units. A multifamily building generally has one owner, or landlord, that rents units to residential inhabitants, or tenants.

Read More →

Hotel Financials

Hotels are lodging businesses that provide accommodation, meals, and other services for travelers and tourists. Hotel owners may own both the building and the business and are responsible for all expenses related to business operations and building improvements.

Read More →

Industrial Financials

Industrial real estate projects house facilities that do activities such as production, manufacturing, assembly, warehousing, research, light storage, distribution, etc.

Read More →

Office Financials

Office development financials are similar to other income properties with the exception that common areas are also part of the leasable space.

Read More →

Single Family Financials

Single family refers to dwelling units, either attached or detached, designed to be used by a single household, and with direct access to the street.

Read More →

Retail Financials

Retail (or commercial) development can be freestanding or part of a mixed-use project, such as shops and restaurants on the ground floor of a residential or office building.

Read More →

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