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Old Posted Jul 17, 2014, 12:12 PM
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do you have to be rich to be a developer? isnt it more about loans and financing?
Generally yes

for a conventional bank loan you will need liquidity. Banks need to be comfortable knowing someone will step up and fund the project if it goes over budget

But there's other ways to skin a cat

you can find a rich partner and give him a piece of the backend for guaranteeing the loan

you can get a hard money loan
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Old Posted Jul 17, 2014, 2:27 PM
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do you have to be rich to be a developer? isnt it more about loans and financing?
Actually, not really. Generally they are rich, but the key to development is using other peoples money. Really what you need are rich friends who are willing to be equity investors so you can secure a construction or rehab loan.

I'm closing on two lots to build 4 flats on and sell as condos this month and not using a dime of my own money. Even better yet, I am trying to tie up three buildings with 13 units total where the current owner owns them free and clear and is contributing them to a JV so I can redevelop them. One of them is a huge 35'x125' corner lot where I hope to build six or more condos on top of retail. It's easy to get the loan when your JV owns the property cash.
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Old Posted Jan 29, 2018, 8:14 AM
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Exactly what are some of the ways to become a developer? Would majoring in architecture be a good way to get into this field or would it be best to major in a strictly business field?
It helps to have money...lots and lots of money. If you don't have money, it is almost impossible to get a loan to build. Developers without money is the null set. Otherwise, join a firm like ONNI that actually develops projects. Work your way up. Or start at the bottom. Buy a unit or two, rent them out. Pyramid up. Unfortunately, now is not the time. Real estate prices look very inflated now. Wait for a pullback. It will come. Timing is everything, and so is luck.
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