Everyone I speak with seems to be in the same boat with today’s real estate market – things may be giving some small indications of movement, but nothing seems to move as quickly or as easily as it used to. Many properties are uniquely challenged with a host of issues that need to be worked out before actual sale or development can take place – be it permits, taxes, legal issues like easements, access, development approvals, financing…the list goes on!
In recognition of these interesting times, the Real Estate Investment Society (“REIS”) and Urban Land Institute are partnering to host a half-day workshop on September 22, 2011 at Pelican Preserve to give presenters from a broad cross-section of the development community to discuss what they’re seeing in the market and how they’re dealing with the various challenges they face. The workshop will host three panels:
- a government-focused panel featuring Mary Gibbs, Director of Community Development for Lee County and Carl Schwing, City Manger of Bonita Springs;
- a legal and practical strategies focused panel consisting of Denis Noah, transactional real estate attorney with Henderson Franklin, Steve Hartsell, a land use attorney with Pavese law firm, and Tim Byal with Miromar Development Corp.; and
- a technical and practical strategies focused panel consisting of Gordon Walters, environmental engineer with HSA, Mike Morris, a civil engineer with Morris Depew, and Tom Danahy with Kitson and Partners.
I am extremely excited for this educational workshop and look forwarding to hearing from all of these experienced professionals in how they’re navigating today’s tough market. More information on the workshop can be found at www.reis-swfl.org. I hope to see you there!