Purchase the LDM
The model is not a several hundred or multi thousand dollar software package. There are several such products out there, but unless you are in the business on a daily basis, the cost can be prohibitive - not to mention the steep learning curve that often comes with more sophisticated products. The LDM is not a subsitute for these products, but even the most experienced practitioners will find this model useful.
The model is straightforward, fast-working and inexpensive. And completely refundable if you are not satisfied with the product. Look again at what you can do with the model.
You probably have and are familiar with the necessary software. The model requires Excel to run and is delivered over the internet at the time of purchase. The file size is about 4MB and loads in a matter of seconds.
The LDM was designed by a real estate appraiser and land developer and is the result of an effort to create an appraisal and valuation tool that:
1). Estimates the profitability of 'single and multi-phase' land subdivisions in one step;
2). Extends analysis beyond 'gross profit' to 'profit before tax', resulting in an interest cost calculation based on the cumulative effect of the absorption rate, project duration, lender loan requirements, builder deposits, length of the initial construction period, seller financing, interest rate fluctuations during the project period, phasing decisions, land purchase option alternatives, and residual land;
3). Allows for quick and easy 'what-if' analysis on all land development components - above and below the gross profit level.
4). May be used to estimate land value based on a predetermined set of profit criteria.
How is the model structured?
What can I do with the model?
The model allows for one-step analysis of subdivisions with one, two, and three phases; or analysis of an unlimited number of phases one phase at a time.
Given the model's capacity for simple 'what-if' analysis over the full spectrum of land development components, combined with its user-friendly excel functionality, any number of related project scenarios and associated model results can be easily produced, compared, and saved under distinct filenames in a matter of minutes.
The model may be used by real estate appraisers, real estate agents, lenders, developers, other professionals or anyone having an interest in the subdivision process.
Additionally, the LDM comes with an accompanying file that provides for a side-by-side comparison of a given project under 6 component scenarios (e.g. 1 phase vs 2 phase, with and without builder deposits, with or without seller financing, with or without residual land, etc.).a
The model was recently upgraded to include an intuitive data entry sequence by clicking on excel's 'Name Box' feature. Additionally, labeling and descriptions on the Input Page have been modified to align the model to the three stage land subdivision process.
If you are not yet ready to purchase the model and would like to read my narrative entitled "Land Development Basics", (28 pages), click on the Buy Now link below. The narrative is written from my perspective and experience from the residential land development business while relating various land development components such as the timeline concept and the three stages of the land development process directly to the LDM.
Because my internet retailer is a for-profit organization and this is an e-product that they help me sell, I am required to charge a minimum of $3.00. Sorry about that!
Land Development Model, LLC
302 West Lafayette Road
Medina, OH 44256