Real Estate Development – ALTA Survey: Needed or Not?

The process of acquiring property requires significant research (Due Diligence) and is typically an expensive endeavor. An important Due Diligence tool is procuring an ALTA Survey. This is not a legal requirement; however, it is required if the desire is to have ALTA title insurance coverage for Survey Risks (aka…
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Plan Ahead with Public Bidding

All agencies have different demands when it comes to their public bidding requirements. Certain agencies have a very lengthy review process and some only require a courtesy copy. Knowing what to expect when it comes to Public Bidding is extremely important to ensure your project is a success from the…
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AB 930 – A Contractor’s Sigh of Relief

California Government Code 4216 prescribes the requirements for various excavation activities. Among other things, it outlines an excavator’s obligation to notify the appropriate regional notification center PRIOR to any planned excavation, and the operator’s requirements to participate and share in the costs of such notification centers (excluding the Department of…
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Department of Real Estate Budgets and Process (DRE) 101

Did you know…. Murow DC provides Budget Document Management and Processing to support your team’s Department of Real Estate (DRE) requirements.  Here’s a quick overview of the process: The DRE’s main role is to protect the homebuyer from misrepresentations and fraud as well as ensure that Developers are properly disclosing…
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Do Agencies Require Bonds for Private Improvements?

When a developer is posting performance bonds before the construction of a new community, the agency whose jurisdiction the developer is building in will decide which improvements the developer should bond for.  Most bonded improvements are public, meaning they tie into an agency’s existing infrastructure system and will be maintained…
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CEQA Exemptions – Risky Business

Real estate development can be a risky proposition, especially if a proposed project is “unentitled” for the proposed end-use. The entitlement and permitting processes (i.e., securing the approvals to develop a property for the desired end-use), especially in California, are widely considered the main risk to a project’s success or…
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Let’s Talk Cost – Grading: Understanding the Art of the Balance

Balancing earthwork on a site can make or break a deal in land development. While there are multiple scenarios that make grading more difficult, such as groundwater, rock, fault zones, hazardous materials, and stabilizing slopes; there are ways to design and balance the site to make your project cost efficient.…
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