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Land Lease Community & Sub-Division Fairmont WV

Whether you should build a land lease community or a sub-division depends on several factors: your investment objectives, cash & credit resources, market conditions, target buyer demographics, etc. Read on for an in-depth answer to this question.

Re/Max Property Center
(304) 842-6100
519 E Main St
Bridgeport, WV
Precision Real Estate
(304) 368-0200
1990 Fairmont Ave Ste 2
Fairmont, WV

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(304) 757-5680
200-2 Great Teays Blvd
Scott Depot, WV
Re/Max Real Estate Group
(304) 728-7477
66 Somerset Blvd
Charles Town, WV
Re/Max Refined
(304) 325-3701
2453 Washington St
Bluefield, WV
Re/Max Real Estate Professionals
(304) 292-3900
709 Beechurst AveSte 24 Seneca Ctr
Morgantown, WV
(304) 841-3838
1704 Mileground Rd Suite B
Morgantown, WV
Re/Max Real Estate Group Ii
(304) 229-6735
4988 Gerrardstown Rd
Inwood, WV
Re/Max 1St Realty
(304) 725-1001
322 W Washington StSte 5
Charles Town, WV
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(304) 343-3274
1556 Kanawha Blvd ESuite 2
Charleston, WV
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Building a Land Lease Community vs a Sub-Division

Building a land lease community vs a sub-division
Wed 03/19/08 09:45:12 pm
by Ed Hicks

I am an experienced boulevard retailer, however due to a shortage of homesites in my market area, my sales have slowed somewhat. With an impending recession and an expected relatively high demand for affordable housing, I have decided to become a developer, but I am not sure what kind of community to build. What are the advantages and disadvantages of building a land lease community vs a sub-division? Beth T., Lima, OH

The answers depend on several factors: your investment objectives, cash & credit resources, market conditions, target buyer demographics, etc. If you have limited cash and credit, most retailers new to development will parcel off tracts of land into building lots, and sell them without improvements to buyers. Before a home is installed on a lot, however, the seller or buyer has to arrange for utilities. This usually means arranging for a well & septic tank. Finding land which has the proper zoning is usually allowed in more rural areas, and land use regulations may require relatively large lot sizes, often a 1 acre or more minimum size. By the way, offering lots for sale without improvements across state lines may be a violation of the Interstate Land Sales Act. See your attorney for relevant registration requirement. As the lots are sold off, the cash flow may be used to acquire more land, etc., sort of "bootstrapping" your way along while building up your cash reserves with each lot sale.

If you have more cash and credit, it is often best to build a small subdivision where the streets and utilities are provided to each homesite. Development costs are usually higher, and getting approvals may require zoning and site plan approvals which often involve hostile public hearings. Resulting lot sizes are usually smaller, with yields of 2.5 to 5.0 per acre depending on setbacks, street widths, etc. Advantages over the rural, large unimproved lots are: easier to sell, less rural areas, and the home/land package may be eligible for 30 year financing at site built home rates ...

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