Real Estate Development

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The disruption wrought by the global financial crises left almost all industries violently upended and hammered. The real estate sector, too, experienced the seismic effects of the crisis. While real estate transaction volume has rebounded, the development sector continues to experience reverberations as developmental activity remains low.

In addition to the diminishing trust of investors in real estate, there are a number of factors that continue to plague the growth of the real estate development sector. Some of these include the new technologies, project management and delivery methods, and evolving workforce management trends that are expected to impact and reshape the development sector.

The shortage of skilled labor has remained one of the primary concerns for the real estate development sector. The global recession forced the experience construction workforce to leave the industry for other jobs. While the real estate sector is gaining pace, a significant portion of these workers have not returned. In addition, increasing interest of millennials in tech-based industries, combined with an aging workforce, is likely to worsen the dearth of workers that pose a major challenge to the real estate industry.

The uncertain geopolitical situation is a major risk for the long-term success of real development companies as well. Although the passage of the infrastructure bill has promised to cut regulations and invest heavily in infrastructure, there is still uncertainty and restlessness among real estate developers. In addition, possible trade conflicts with China, Canada, and other countries are likely to raise the prices of building materials and increase construction costs as well.

Increasing interest of both homeowners and businesses in offsite construction is another trend that will impact the real estate development sector in coming years. Also known as modular or prefab building, modular construction is not only more time- and labor-efficient than the traditional construction method, the fabrication of a module in a factory allows better quality control as well. Therefore, real estate development companies that aim to stay competitive must build their expertise in this domain in order to cater to the demand for offsite construction.

Like any other industry, the real estate development sector is also ready to leverage the many benefits of the revolutionary technology called the Internet of Things (IoT). The technology holds potential to encapsulate several aspects of the construction process, including the tracking of materials, site surveying, and equipment repair and maintenance. They will embrace smart technologies and connected systems. Buildings will be equipped with Internet of Things (IoT) devices, sensors, and automation systems to optimize energy usage, enhance security, and improve user experience. Smart buildings will offer features such as automated lighting and temperature control, smart locks, and integrated building management systems. Real estate development companies that are the first to adopt the technology will be able to enjoy unparalleled cost-related benefits.

Real estate development will increasingly prioritize sustainability and green building practices. Developers will focus on creating energy-efficient buildings, utilizing renewable energy sources, and implementing sustainable materials and construction methods. Green building certifications, such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), will become more prevalent. They will prioritize resilience and climate adaptation. Buildings and infrastructure will be designed to withstand extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and other climate-related challenges. Developers will integrate green infrastructure, flood-resistant design, and sustainable drainage systems to create resilient communities.


Real estate developers will continue to focus on creating mixed-use developments that combine residential, commercial, and recreational spaces. These developments will offer convenience, walkability, and a sense of community. Mixed-use developments will integrate housing, offices, retail, entertainment, and green spaces to create vibrant and sustainable neighborhoods. They will increasingly repurpose existing buildings and structures for new uses. Adaptive reuse projects will involve transforming old industrial buildings, warehouses, or historic structures into residential lofts, office spaces, or cultural centers. This approach promotes sustainability, preserves architectural heritage, and revitalizes underutilized areas.

Developers will utilize virtual and augmented reality technologies to enhance the design and marketing process. Virtual tours and 3D visualizations will allow potential buyers or tenants to experience properties remotely. Augmented reality will enable developers to showcase design options and customize spaces based on individual preferences.

Real estate development will involve collaborative planning processes that engage stakeholders, communities, and local authorities. Developers will work closely with urban planners, architects, and community organizations to ensure that projects align with sustainable development goals, address local needs, and contribute to the overall well-being of the community.



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