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Development requires the ability to envision new projects and the perseverance and aptitude to actually get them built The role of the developer is to orchestrate the entire development process from start to finish. Developers can be one individual outsourcing all the work to third parties or a large firm which handles everything in house. Either way, the developer must have knowledge of nearly every process, phase and service involved, including site selection, market analysis, finance, construction, leasing, and sales - and it doesn't hurt to have legal and transactional skills to handle the contracts and liability concerns present in development projects. Development is a dynamic business field with a steep learning curve. The developer is often required to be the first one in with equity and the last to get paid, but if the process is managed correctly, the payouts will be well worth the time and effort it took to get the development done. In the current environment where owners are more conscious of the bottom line, it is crucial that a developer has knowledge and ability to execute on nearly all the development process.

Role / Company Location Posted
Senior Manager, Development Management (Based in New York, United States)Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd New York, NY Sep 21, 2018
Inspection SupervisorCity of Portland Bureau of Development Services Portland, OR Sep 18, 2018
Development CoordinatorMonument Realty Washington, DC Sep 17, 2018
Quebec City - Career Meet & GreetDream Unlimited Quebec City, QC Sep 17, 2018
Montreal - Career Meet & GreetDream Unlimited Montreal, ON Sep 17, 2018
Director of Development and ConstructionGotham Greens New York, NY Sep 14, 2018
Director of Construction - MultifamilyBanner Property Management Northbrook, IL Sep 14, 2018
Development AnalystBest Bay Apartments dba Riaz Capital Oakland, CA Sep 13, 2018
Development DirectorAlliance Residential, LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 13, 2018
Manager, Transit Oriented DevelopmentSan Mateo County Transit District San Carlos, CA Sep 11, 2018

Looking to the future

Development has returned to its pre-global financial crisis with some sectors, notably multi-family, having experienced historic growth. Long term, infrastructure needs and sustainability will have a larger impact on the development field. As the costs of energy rise and tenants and users become more eco-conscious, organizations such as the US Green Building Council and their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system will become more prevalent. Also, infrastructure, especially in the United States, will become a large area of opportunity as bridges, highways, and public utilities start to become functionally obsolete. State and local governments will look to privatize the development and operation of these projects due to the high costs and limited availability of public funding. The key to finding and capitalizing on opportunities in real estate development is to understand current economic and market conditions and the ability to adapt your product offering to meet the demands caused by these trends.


Skills Required

  • Vision and ability to execute on a project
  • Strong management and delegation skills
  • Ability to form strong partnerships
  • Strong market knowledge and up to date on current trends
  • Ability to raise equity capital

Professional Reading and Resources

  • "Urban Land" by ULI
  • "Development" by NAIOP
  • "Builder" by NAHB
  • "Real Estate Development: Principles and Processes” by Miles et al
  • "The Real Estate Game” by Poorvu

Industry Qualifications

  • LEED: Accredited Professional by Green Building Certification Institute
  • CDP: Certified Development, Design, and Construction Professional by ICSC
  • CAASH: Certified Active Adult Specialist in Housing by NAHB
  • CAPS: Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist by NAHB
  • HCCP: Housing Credit Certified Professional by NAHB

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