Understand Much More Regarding The Sustainability Life

The potential future is not known, thus a lot of people are deciding to get ready for the worst. If they don’t need to utilize their own preparations, at least it was available in case they did want it. They might rather be ready for something which does not take place than left with nothing if something will arise. A way to get ready for a mysterious future is to take a peek into sustainability and to be able to study abilities that may be necessary for the long run.

One of the abilities that’s going to possibly be necessary will be the ability to make foodstuff. A lot of people merely go to the food store to be able to obtain their own food and will not understand precisely what has to be carried out to grow a number of food items if perhaps they can’t go to the grocery store. In case something does occur, people that understand precisely how to grow their very own foods will be able to survive because they are going to have the abilities required to be sure they’ve got one of many fundamental needs in a crisis situation. They’re able to learn a little more about the other abilities needed for sustainability as well so that they at least understand the basics if perhaps they must utilize them.

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Luxury Apartments – The Next Big Boom

The unpredictable nature of the real estate business has seen a lot of highs and lows in the sale of properties. While many believe the real estate industry is in a bit of a slump across the nation, certain cities have been able to defy odds and post positive results.

In India, the city Kolkata witnessed an increase in the sale of housing units in the last quarter. The city saw a 32% rise in units sold when compared to Q2 in the year 2015, based on data collected from a realty research agency.

Other reports suggested that the real estate market saw a 17% rise in the sale of properties in all the eight metros combined. Researchers stated the reason for the growth in sales over the last quarter has been due to a drop in prices of projects.

Can luxury apartments be the game changer?

While real estate marketers have tried their best to build projects which cater to most, there are a range of projects coming up which target only a handful of clients. Luxury apartments and complexes are being built by real estate developers and these projects are extremely expensive compared to the other projects but with good reason.

Real estate marketers are bringing in top designers and architects from across the world to help design and execute these projects. Most complexes falling under the luxury category feature large sized apartments and duplex flats along with a range of great amenities.

Although expensive, luxury projects are seen as a jewel in the crown for real estate developers, something that can help them stand out from the competition and hopefully bring in a lot of revenue from sales.

Kolkata is also seeing its fair share of luxury projects being constructed. These projects are changing the landscape of the city thanks to its artistic designs. Even though the luxury market hasn’t been the bestselling segment in the city, there are high hopes for the projects.

Most regular apartment complexes feature 2 BHK and 3 BHK flats but luxury projects feature larger flats having 4 BHKs and a lot more to offer to prospective buyers. These flats, depending on the city, cost anywhere between 2 crores to 50 or 60 crores and take longer to sell than non-luxury apartments. Even a single flat sold brings in a large amount of money for the real estate developer.

While residents get the best facilities and cherish the grandeur of living in these luxury apartments, it still is a risk for the real estate developer – the flats can stay unsold for long periods of time. In an industry which has so many projects coming up, the need to have a project that gives the developer a unique identity is of the utmost importance. Since the rewards for building a luxury project outweigh the risks involved, it should lead to an even greater number of such projects coming up in the future.

Unit Mix Is a Determinant of Project Character and Success

Few larger properties offer only one type of apartment unit. Normally there are several different floor plans usually with varying numbers of bedrooms. The number of bedrooms is the first most important defining features. Next, number of bathrooms are a critical feature effecting property character. Finally, square footage is important as it relates to relative resident affluence and the more likely family based use.

Developers choose unit mix based on several factors. If they are considering a conversion to condominiums down the road floor plans and unit size is likely to be sized differently and appointments installed differently than rental units might otherwise be. On the flip side as we’ve seen in this economy, many builders have had to abandon their plans to sell units as condominiums and rent the units as apartments instead. Other factors could be local demographics or major local employment trends and demands. Regardless, in the end projects will draw residents because of floor plans. For example, if a property is all single level walkin and the builder intends to draw singles or young couples, they may wake to find one day that their property has become senior centric. Single level walkin can be very attractive to this demographic. Or, the same property with a different color scheme, located near a university, and with a host of the right amenities like a large pool, fitness center, cable and Internet included will quickly become a student centric housing option. Families are drawn to multiple bedrooms and multiple bathrooms and locations near schools.

Purchasers and investors that identify a project that is failing or weak because the customer mix is wrong should be on the look out for unit mix problems and solutions to correct the problems. Often times, one bedroom units can be restructured in into 1s, 2s, 3s, and efficiencies that will draw to a much different mix of renters than the previous floor plan attracted.

Working through the issues of current floor plans and potential floor plan changes requires in depth study of local employers, educational facilities, local demographics and demographic trends. Also, occupancy and renter type needs to be reviewed at nearby competitors. Time should be spent visiting other projects and learning from a ground level what the perceived drivers of occupancy and property performance are.

Clearly, the subject of unit mix can make or break and investment and should be carefully reviewed and considered.

Blake Ratcliff (US Naval Academy Graduate & Marine Officer, Serial startup entrepreneur, COO/CEO, multifamily / residential investment founder, and property manager).

Rising Residential Projects in Greater Noida

The sudden rise of Greater Noida as a hot property destination is because of the Yamuna Expressway. It is developing at a fast-pace with the connectivity being the main contributor. An extension has been proposed of DMRC’s Blue Line (Dwarka to Noida City Centre) to Pari Chowk which will be the direct access to and from Delhi to Greater Noida. The project’s deadline is 2021. Furthermore, the city will also see the installation of a power plant which will solve the problem of power crisis.

Anyone looking to buy a property in Greater Noida can get a luxurious apartment at the rate of INR 1,800-4,000 per sq. ft. The good infrastructure, great road networks, and super-fast metro connectivity are also drawing the attention of several people. All in all, the city is undergoing an amazing facelift which will set the ball rolling for it.

Other Facts about the Developing City – Greater Noida

• After making the down-payment, the EMIs are as low as INR 12,000 per month. This implies that someone with an annual income of INR 3 lakh can easily afford a house in Greater Noida.

• NRIs are taking a special interest in buying properties in the city. It is also expected that Foreign Direct Investment worth INR 30,000 crores will be made in the coming years.

Several big names of the real estate industry are locking horns together. This would be the most opportune time to take advantage and a book an apartment in any of the residential projects in Greater Noida. However, one will have to keep in mind the following points.

1. If one is lucky enough, they can actually buy a plot for the price of a house near the Yamuna Expressway. But, one will have to wait before the price of the property sees a rise because of the overabundance of cheap plots in Greater Noida.

2. There are several builders who are having a number of residential projects in Noida. One should not get trapped by the cheap prices as they might not get the possession soon. In short, go for a well-renowned builder and select a new builder only if they have accomplished their earlier projects, on-time.

How Seattle Property Management Is Understanding Micro-Apartments

Micro-apartments are the hotel sized rooms which are built with a joint kitchen. There is a plan by the Chairman of the Land-Use committee, Mr. Mike O’Brien, that seeks to compromise on the ambitious developers of real estate and the angry neighbors of the Seattle neighborhoods, Eastlake, Capitol Hill and Ballard. The plan allows the real estate developers to build dorm style housing in select zones. They should average at an area of 220 square feet. This is expected to reduce the density of these building in the future.

Though some neighbors are urging the council to restrict the micro apartment market as they believe the plan is now sufficient enough, a pro-development advocate argues that a stop in these projects would cripple the real estate market, tailor-made for in Seattle. He argued that the new plan may see fewer projects been undertaken in the area and this will in turn lead to expensive houses.

The plan is highly supported by Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development. They argue that the micro-apartments are not meant for everyone as people have different lifestyles and needs.

Micro-apartment magnet

There are current regulations in Seattle that have allowed the micro apartment market to be very popular. Currently, the limitation of the studio apartments is 220 square feet and the new project must also have an input by the community through the design-review process by the city.

Even with these regulations, some developers have constructed living spaces in the rage of 100 square feet as they term them as only sleeping rooms that have a common kitchen. They also have been allowed to construct even 70 square feet houses. In addition to this, the city considers eight or more of such micro-apartments as single units for design review purposes, thus projects with dozens of homes bypass the scrutiny.

These two factors have made Seattle a micro-apartment hotspot as the DPD estimates to have approved 43 building permits for micro-apartments since 2010 and fifteen of these are in 2013.

In 2011, single person households were more than the studio and single bedroom apartments. This is in response to the fact that Seattle adults are mostly unmarried and/or living alone. The mismatch between the housing stock and the housing size is one of the main reasons that some people may be willing to pay $1000 even for a house less than 200 square feet. To some people, though it is expensive, it serves their purpose as they want to be by themselves.

The categories

This plan by O’Brien splits the future projects into two categories. The new apartments in the low-rise regions are required to be below 400 square feet. The average will need to be 220 square feet on average with the minimum being 180 square feet. Most of the new projects will fall under this category. There will be a single parking space awarded for two micro-apartments as opposed to a parking space for each unit.

The other category will be in the mid and high-rise zones in the urban centers and villages that were designated for dense population years ago. These houses will be below 180 square feet with the “congregate housing” model which allows nine units and above to use one kitchen. These houses will not be awarded with a parking space

Victory for the Neighborhoods

The resident in Capitol Hill formed a group that helped sue the city for a proposed project. The group won and the judge ordered for a design review, this review process allows the community to be considered in deciding on issues such as the height, the look of the building and its relation to other buildings in the area.

What to Buy – An Apartment in a Housing Project or an Independent Plot?

Developers all over the world are now adapting to changes and trying to make projects according to the client’s specifications. Buying a house in a housing society is as good as building one on a plot. Frankly, in this fast paced world, no one really has the time to get a house constructed by them and the best way out of this is to find the right project taken up by a well known builder and invest there.

A good and reputed builder also makes most of the things easy for the investors. For starters, you end up getting a readymade house with all facilities and amenities intact. In the follow-up that one needs to do, one merely has to shift in, set up the house and get fixtures or work done as per their liking. Truth be told, it is better to go for a readymade apartment that waste time on getting an architect to design a house, then get construction workers to work for you and above all that you yourself need to be present while all this is happening. So taking up a house in a housing project most definitely saves time.

Though it’s not as though the housing project will be ready when you book it, it too will take time, but in that time one can focus on other things too. Looking at it from a practical point of view a housing project wins over and independent plot any given day. Building your own house is a choice of either the rich class or the people who are particular about what they want. For them, buying an independent plot makes good sense, but if you belong to neither of the categories, then a housing project is the best bet for you.

Also, with the maximum earning population consisting of a relatively younger population, for them their basic needs are fulfilled with owning an apartment. Another relevant point here is that in the big cities, finding land for independent plots is a problem. With the maximum number of people concentrating in and around the city, people often feel that they must have own a place with amenities and that it should be closer to their place of work. For this very reason a large number of people invest in housing projects rather than independent plots.

One more factor that influences sales of apartments in housing societies than those of the independent plots is the price. Independent pieces of land are far more expensive to own than a super Expensive luxury Apartment. One can buy such an apartment and move in, but if someone opts for independent land, one also needs to keep in mind the future costs that they will incur during the construction of their house. So, all in all buying an apartment in a housing society wins over independent plots any given day. But this is merely subjective and of course the final decision is one’s own choice. So what would you opt for, a readymade apartment or an independent plot?

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Friendly Housing 2012 Project: Who Need Hotels When There Are Apartments for Rent?

The main problem of preparation for Euro-2012 is the complete lack of hotels to accommodate visiting soccer fans. Authorities promise to provide potential investors to build new hotels with all necessary facilities but seem that nobody wants to invest money in Kiev’s estate. And indeed – there are too much bureaucracy in real estate sphere. Ukraine relies on foreign investors but they are faced with serious difficulties. “The man who wants to build a hotel must gather 250 signatures in different instances. Land acquisition takes about 200 days and 300 days spent for the design. At least a year takes the construction itself. All this is very difficult for foreigners ” – said President of the Small hotels and apartments association Dmytro Zaruba.

Realizing this situation and not being able to finance the construction of hotels, the state went the other way – and pays attention to private traders dealing daily rent apartment Kiev. In the project “Gostynna Oselya 2012” (“Friendly Housing 2012”) Government negotiates with the agencies and agents that providerent apartment services on an ongoing basis. This project not only offers accommodation to foreign guests, but also a full range of services, including transport, food and hotel service. Now organizers negotiating with the Polish side so there is possibility that the project will become international. For now only there are about 5000 daily rent apartment beginning from studios on the outskirts to luxury suites in the heart of the city. Authorities considers the creation of database in which will be all rent apartment Kiev of the appropriate level of accommodation.

Approximately 80% of fans are looking for cheap accommodation and hotels in Kiev, mostly level 5 *, besides Kiev takes 35 place in the world’s most expensive hotel services. And in the sphere of daily rent apartment Kiev guests will be pleasantly surprised – unlike in Europe, Ukraine, the cost of apartment Kiev in two and even three times less than the price for a hotel room. UEFA Commission, inspecting the readiness of Ukraine to Euro 2012, visited Ukraine in June of this year.

So in 2012 we should expect serious recovery in the market of daily rent apartment Kiev cause practical and enterprising Europeans and Americans will not miss the opportunity to save their money.

Davis-Bacon Act – Learn How it Affects Your FHA Section 221 Apartment Construction Project

The Davis-Bacon Act is a requirement for anyone using the FHA Section 221 construction loan program. So what is it and how does it affect you as a Developer?

It was introduced in 1931 and has been amended several times since then but it hasn’t changed significantly since the 1930’s. The act was introduced by James Davis (Republican Senator from Pennsylvania) and Robert Bacon (Republican Representative from Long Island, NY) and signed into law by President Herbert Hoover during the depression. The act states that any Federal contract over $2,000 for the construction, repair, or alteration of any public building (including public works, such as bridges) must pay laborers and mechanics no less than local prevailing wages and fringe benefits. Who decides what the local prevailing wages are? The Secretary of Labor is tasked with determining local prevailing wages.

So you’re thinking, “Great! But I’m not planning on building a library!”. Well, leave it to Congress to add prevailing wage requirements to over 60 statutes/programs that aid construction projects. This can be through loans, loan guarantees, insurance or grants for any type of project throughout the 50 states and District of Columbia (note: individual statutes could have requirements for prevailing wages even if the project is located outside of the U.S., such as in Puerto Rico). Since the FHA Section 221 construction loan program is insured by the Federal government, the Davis-Bacon Act applies. This is important for your General Contractor to know in order to give you an accurate bid.

There has been talk, mainly by the Republicans in Congress to do away with the Davis-Bacon Act. The thought behind it is that this Act supports “union wages” and hampers construction projects. On September 8, 2005, President George Bush suspended the act for the gulf coast region after Hurricane Katrina. After pressure from Congress, he reinstated it on October 26, 2005.

Labor costs can be a large part of your construction budget, so it is good idea to keep this in mind when locating areas to do development projects.

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Supply and Price Trends of Residential Apartments in Pune

The Pune Metropolitan Region real estate market continues to be in a steady state in terms of demand and supply despite a 14% increase in the gross supply in the past 6 months. The unsold position on an overall basis is at 21% (this was 20% 6 months ago and 22% 12 months ago). A total of 1821 residential apartment projects in Pune across the city were surveyed. Those residential projects in Pune that were under construction or ready but with some stock available to sell were considered in the analysis.

The 1821 apartment projects in Pune have a total of 2,03,186 residential apartments in Pune at various stages of construction. Of the total 2,03,186 residential apartments in Pune, 43,305 (21%) residential apartments in Pune are available for sale (unsold stock) indicating a sellout of 79% (1,59,881 residential apartments in Pune).

The unsold stock 6 months ago was 20% (36,124 residential apartments in Pune out of 1,78,775 residential apartments in Pune) and 22% 12 months ago (38,323 out of 1,74,981 residential Flats in Pune). Overall, the unsold stock continues to be in the range of 20%-22%. The fact that this is on a larger base indicates that apartment projects in Pune are coming on stream within the affordability range of customers.

The total unsold stock has increased by 7181 units (19.8%) from 36,124 units in December 2011 to 43,305 units in June 2012. However, the percentage of units sold from the units launched has remained remarkably consistent with 21% in June 2012, 20% in Dec 2011 and 22% in June 2011.


Prices have moved up approx. 14.08% in the last 12 months (i.e. June -11-June 12), as compared to 10.66% for 12 months preceding i.e. (June 10 to June 11). The last 6 months has seen the highest increase at 8.4% for 6 months as compared to the previous four and a half years. The average price across the market in June 2011 was Rs. 3467 per sf. This has moved to Rs. 3647 per sf in Dec 2011 and 3955 per sf in June 2012.

This confirms the trend that has been observed in Pune over the past few years, a strong market with steady absorption of units. This trend is further confirmed when we look at asset price appreciation for the top 20 markets, which stands at a healthy 14% in the past one year.

The Pune Real Estate has shown strong and possibly the safest returns especially when compared with the Sensex which by contrast, witnessed a reduction of 7.68% in the same period which saw the Pune real estate prices growing by 15%. The Sensex stood at 18,845 on 30th June 2011 and stands at 17,398 on 2nd July, 2012.

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Modular Apartment Housing

Modular construction of residential high rises will rapidly aid in the major shift of American suburban population to urban areas. It also stands to provide sufficient amount of housing units to reduce social tensions in parts of the developing world where insufficient housing is a dangerous political issue.

The obscene and ridiculous fascination (although often interesting!) with shipping containers used as houses and office spaces shows that the public psyche approves of modular housing as a concept. Current container experiments may be fine as art projects or for disaster relief (although even that can be reconceptualized from the bottom up and mass produced) but real modular construction needs to be collectively thought about.

Military style techniques for rapid construction of modular housing were used to erect modern suburbia in the 1940s and 1950s starting with Levittown. Similar thought and application of elements of the military-industrial complex alongside Chinese construction companies can rapidly build new residential urban centers in North America during the ongoing population shift there from suburbia. And throughout the world at large for that matter.

Ideally, most of the module would be printed in factories for extra speed and uniformity rather than assembled by robotic hands like cars. Modified supercargo ships can also be outfitted with printing factories to eliminate the need to load completed modules onto ships in the first place. Finished apartment buildings should allow for rapid disassembly/removal of modules every 20 years or so (to sell off/give away older modules to poorer areas of the globe the way old cars are sold off) and to allow replacement of modules in case of damage or fire.

Basic electrical, water, and insulation elements within the modules should also be readily accessible (for maintenance and appliance/furniture related modification) and introduced into the module during the printing process. Various insulating and protective coatings of nanomaterials are to be sprayed on just as naturally as on doors in a car assembly line process.

These days it is relatively easy to plan out a number of geometric module shapes to allow construction of much larger livingrooms and bedrooms from a few specialty modules. We’re not talking a 50 story apartment project constructed of completely uniform boxes. Just like LEGO, diversity will arise from arrangement of a number of mass produced module parts. Some parts will be a lot more ubiquitous than others (think the equivalent of the connecting 6 hatch main module on the International Space Station that allows joining of other parts). But please no shipping container high rises for the love of god!

Those people choosing to remain in rural areas don’t need to be discounted from this process. There is no need to remain in increasingly deteriorating wooden structures. Less high tech modular housing is currently primarily used for rural and suburban homes but it can be bumped up a notch in terms of materials from current cheap wooden models. Lets not forget that price comes down with economies of scale.

Modules are built “off the grid ready” with solar panels and clean water from air systems. A buyer modifies a module before buying the way one does a Dell computer and its parts. Since the price of a laptop went from thousands of dollars to 35 dollars (India also produced the world’s cheapest car as well), mass production stands to do the same for housing. Entertainment and furniture systems can be added, subtracted, or reconfigured within individual modules. When one’s kitchen becomes obsolete, the whole thing can be sold like a used car and replaced while keeping the rest of the house. This housing is not made of wood. People buy mass produced cars, yachts, and computers and there is no reason to not do the same for homes. It’s about time to apply space tech for hyper efficient land living.

Some may complain that humans are not bees or ants to be “pigeonholed” like this. Well, current research shows that major urban human settlements are beginning to resemble massive ant hives, However, when understanding the process, we can direct it and interject concepts like modularity into it to give extra comfort, autonomy, and options for living space diversity. Currently as the world continues breakneck pace of urbanization, we’re looking at roughly 300 mega cities being rapidly filled with corporate real estate developments or government projects. Paradoxically, single housing unit modularity or modularity of bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, etc allows for visual architectural diversity through rearrangement on an apartment complex by apartment complex basis. Outside, the residential high rises may look like relatively uniform glass/21st century concrete tombs but inside there would be all the diversity desired for families of various sizes and backgrounds.

Most importantly, the inner diversity of modular arrangement within the residential complex would take relatively similar amounts of time and electrical energy to erect (and of course dramatically much less time and energy used to construct even simple boring project-esque condominiums currently).

In developing parts of the world it would even be theoretically possible (if often not practically) to transplant an entire small village or hamlet right into a residential complex within an urban area with inner modular arrangement catering to the social dynamics of the entire village. In areas like India and China where thousands of villages have to be moved due to infrastructure development needs, such moves would be aided by flexibility that modular housing allows and would preserve social relations in strange, new, and unfamiliar urban environment. Modular construction can even thus reduce social anomie if done properly.

Module housing unit construction has to be dramatically faster than rise in world’s annual birthrate. This means a number of mass assembly sites by deep water ports. Former or modified military naval construction installations serve as good springboards. For example, if Scotland declares independence from United Kingdom in 2014 and kicks out the Trident submarine fleet, the empty area would be perfect for a modular set up to serve along the coast of the North Sea region.

Whenever a slum is destroyed (as was the case with Rio Favela in Rio De Janeiro recently to make room for World Cup Infrastructure), modular units should be introduced as rapidly as possible to get back the hearts and minds of the locals. More authoritarian and thus speedy governments in Beijing and Moscow will probably (unfortunately) popularize this concept first before it takes off in the West. The West can preempt (these possibly too streamlined “ant-hive” efforts in the east) with large scale modular housing drive under the cover of environmentalism, green energy, smart grid integration, innovation hub construction, etc.

Modular housing should be sold as:

1) A public health issue (reducing rodents, filth, spread of disease)
2) A public safety issue through crime reduction/prevention (via psychological quality of life increase)
3) An economic issue (connecting rural and urban population to newest efficient energy, information, and utility grids)
4) An environmental issue (scraping and recycling older, less efficient, and less insulated housing)
5) A governance issue to create better social cohesion and possibly allow better census tracking to cater to populations politically.

We can hope that once the concept is popularized sufficiently, we’ll see apartment complex designs that go way and above the dreams of Scandinavian planners for government projects in the 60s and 70s. It is not enough to create a modernist looking high rise building, paint it in cheerful colors, stuff it full of poor people, and hope for the best.

What must be kept in mind going forward is generational renewal of modules, constant adaptation, experimentation, and application of newest mass production practices for module construction that would allow for additional renewal and experimentation within modules when it comes to shifting inside space, walls, furniture, and appliances.