National Housing Market Outlook

Creative Land Development

Chris Dorociak
Dean Wehrli
Barry Cox

Chris Dorociak

Dean Wehrli

Barry Cox

May 6, 2022

Our team compiled 22 opportunities for 2022. They cover a wide range of topics, from affordability solutions to migration patterns. Here is what to expect for land development this year.

  1. Expect more build-for-rent (BFR) projects in emerging submarkets. We are now seeing BFR projects being developed in the earlier phases of a master plan’s lifecycle, allowing developers to generate cash earlier and seed their communities with future home buyers.
  2. Prepare for higher density zoning. Builders will need more creative and efficient home designs to bring total home price down while preserving a great living environment.
  3. As build-for-rent expands to new markets, anticipate the potential for resistance among local officials. Be prepared early to educate city officials on BFR communities, including target tenant incomes and ongoing maintenance guarantees.
  4. Expect stronger ties between master plans and environmental, social, governance (ESG) initiatives. Master plan developers are incorporating ESG through sustainability, an inclusive array of housing, and strong HOA or rental operations. This is helping them raise capital, achieve entitlements, and appeal to ESG conscious consumers.
  5. Provide more suburban walkability. Urban residents relocating to the suburbs love walkability. Expect retail and entertainment venues to follow and create Surban environments.
 

For more information on land development trends, please fill out this form or contact one of our team members below. You can watch all 22 Opportunities for 2022 here.

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About The Author

Chris Dorociak
Chris Dorociak
Senior Vice President, Consulting
Chris helps coordinate JBREC’s national consulting practice and manages real estate consulting projects in the Western US.
Dean Wehrli
Dean Wehrli
Principal
Dean helps housing sector clients figure out not just what might work and what might not, but why.
Barry Cox
Barry Cox
Vice President, Consulting
Barry is responsible for conducting fieldwork, demographic and location analytics, and preparing custom consulting assignments. His prior experience working for developers and capital partners motivates him to help JBREC’s clients navigate the opportunities and challenges of their projects.

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