Do I Really Need an ALTA Survey?

Heather Diemer - Thursday, June 26, 2014
Buying a property, but not sure if you need an ALTA survey as part of the due diligence? Real estate transactions are complex and ALTA/ACSM Land Surveys, more commonly referred to as ALTA surveys, have been developed to identify potential issues that may affect the value or future use of the property. They are frequently required by most lenders, title insurers and attorneys. When an ALTA is not required, it is important to balance the potential risks versus the cost of due diligence. While a survey can be costly, in most cases, the value brought by the survey – in identifying potentially expensive title problems ahead of time and in allowing the lender to obtain extended coverage from the title company - will inevitably outweigh its cost many times over.  [Read more] 

Approvals in Fewer Than 60 Days

Heather Diemer - Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Securing land development approvals for your project is frequently a long and arduous process. The stakes are too high to invest tens of thousands of dollars into a plan, only to determine it won’t work. It’s crucial to conduct a very thorough analysis during due diligence to identify all of a projects inherent risks and help create a successful path to approvals. Spending a little extra time and money upfront can and will significantly improve your ROI. So, how do you get started? The first step is to develop a comprehensive approval strategy with input from your entire team that sets the foundation for meeting with local municipal officials. Together the team can: Thoroughly understand the strengths and weaknesses of the project Recognize the valu [Read more] 

Proposed Rulemaking Could Slam Developers

Heather Diemer - Monday, January 13, 2014
In an attempt overrule prior Supreme Court decisions, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have proposed a draft rule that could slam local developers. The proposed rulemaking would dramatically expand areas of their jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA), including specifically defining ditches as jurisdictional tributaries and significantly impacting the design and permitting process. What you need to know. Still in the rulemaking stage at the subcommittee level, the Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA), various Chambers are paying close attention to this topic. Therefore, we have already begun sounding the alarm on this rule because within the Special Protection watersheds of Southeastern Pennsylvania, this legislation cou [Read more] 

New Digs.

Heather Diemer - Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Well, it’s official; we’re finally moved into our new office building. Of course, having been in here for just over a week, there are still some finishing touches to be taken care of and we may be a little loopy from all of the paint fumes. Despite that, we are quickly getting back to business and very excited about our new home. As I reflect back on this journey and put on my “clients cap” (as my staff often hear me say), issues such as speed, uncertainty and financing really stood out to me. Speed & Uncertainty. Let’s face it; every project is a rush – no matter how well it’s planned. Clearly, it’s imperative that the design and construction team constantly look for ways to shorten the process, even if it’s only a day [Read more] 

New Blog. New Office Space.

Heather Diemer - Friday, November 15, 2013
Some big things are happening at Nave Newell! As the title says, we’re launching a blog and moving into a new office space. Yes, we are saying good-bye to 357 South Gulph Road, our home for the last 10 years. On December 2nd, we will settle into our new office just down the street in Tredyffrin Township. Our address will be: 900 West Valley Road, Suite 1100, Wayne, PA 19087. Welcome to Ground Level. My name is Greg Newell and I’m President of Nave Newell. With the launch of this blog, we look forward to regularly sharing news, trends and our ideas with you. We’ll discuss stormwater and land development regulations, game changers to recognize during due diligence and share lessons learned from our projects. We hope you’ll comment and engage in [Read more] 


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