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Skilled Labor & Material Costs: Understanding the Changing Marketplace

Bob Dylan said it best: “The times they are a-changing.” They certainly are in the construction industry, particularly with regard to skilled labor availability and material costs.

Topics: Economics, CM/Development Services, Cost Estimating, James Weber

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2018 Mid-Year Economic Update

I have been accused of reading tea leaves to assist in my forecasting prognostications. Fortunately, the state of the economy is such that by simply using the government’s most mundane data, I can forecast with some degree of certainty the status of the economy ...

Topics: Economics, Real Estate Development, CM/Development Services, Market Research

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Delay Claims: Time is Money (But Not Always)

The old adage that “Time is Money” has never been more true than as it relates to the development and construction of revenue producing properties. Between the Owner’s debt service expense on multi-million-dollar loans, lost revenue and the Contractor’s ...

Topics: Construction Delay Claims, Ted Bumgardner, Construction Forensics, Construction Claims

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Effective Use of Experts: Construction Defect Litigation Leaders Weigh in

2018 marks the 25th anniversary of West Coast Casualty’s annual Construction Defect Seminar. Prior to its acquisition by Xpera, Roel Consulting Group was a founding sponsor of this leading educational event and Xpera has proudly continued to support WCC ever ...

Topics: Construction Forensics, Testifying Expert, West Coast Casualty's Construction Defect Seminar, Brian Hill, Construction Claims

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Client Spotlight: Pacific Coast Communities, Heritage Building & Development

Our Quality Assurance team is proud to have a long working history with many of our clients. In fact, it’s not unusual for these relationships to span 10 years, 15 years or longer. That is the case with two of our current homebuilder clients, ...

Topics: Quality Assurance, Building Codes and Standards, Client Spotlight, Code Compliance Review, Residential Construction

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Xpera Building Envelope Team Continues to Grow

Xpera is pleased to welcome two more seasoned members to the Building Envelope team.

Topics: Building Envelope, News, Quality Assurance

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What’s a School District Worth? An Economic Perspective

Several years ago, we did an analysis to predict which zip codes would have the fastest return to pre-recession levels for single-family homes. That analysis looked at all 90 zip codes in San Diego County. The results indicated that the higher the SATs for the ...

Topics: Economics, Real Estate Development, Alan Nevin, San Diego

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How Much is a Market Feasibility Study?

Real Estate Development is not for the faint of heart. Whether it's a spec house, high-rise complex or a master planned community, economics dictates that if it doesn't meet some form of demand when it's completed, you will have a hard time making good returns no ...

Topics: Economics, Real Estate Development, Market Research

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Deck Waterproofing: Much More Than Meets the Eye

Decks are beautiful additions to any type of home – be it a house, a condo or an apartment. It’s a versatile space that is especially coveted in the Californian climate. However, decks have to be properly built and maintained, otherwise they become serious and ...

Topics: Building Envelope, Waterproofing Systems, Water Intrusion Investigation

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California Real Estate Advisory: Principles for Healthy Real Estate Investing

Any kind of investing, including real estate, brings most value if you can walk the fine line between maximizing gain and minimizing risk. However, finding the golden balance is something only you can do (alone, or with the help of a real estate advisor in ...

Topics: Finance, Real Estate Development, CM/Development Services, Real Estate Portfolio Analysis, Real Estate Asset Management, real estate advisory

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