In many small communities, the value of commercial property has dropped tremendously as large commercial developments have been built. Large stores, usually chains, have changed the face of the landscape. Small shop owners often find it impossible to compete with large stores, and they see the businesses they have built...

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Over the last few decades, many developers built entire neighborhoods rather than single houses as a way to invest less while gaining more profit for their work. They often negotiated impact fees with the small towns where they developed, and property values rose as the new neighborhoods became integrated into...

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When any developer applies for permits in a community, the local government becomes very involved. Even if only a single house or business is being built, there will be an impact on the community that should be positive for property values. Houses tend to have vehicles and children, so there...

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Areas where commerce and housing are combined can be a great selling point for many, but they can become rundown as businesses and people move out. For those watching the value of their property go down, filling abandoned buildings can be an economic boon. Developers look for these opportunities when...

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The modern dream of home ownership has become a way for people to invest in the future, and many of them have done just that. They bought a home as a young couple, and improved it over the years. Some of them have worked hard to create extra value in their property with additions, and others have chosen to work on their curb appeal or outdoor areas. They see their home as a place to live and grow, but it is also an investment in their future.

Whenever a development is mentioned, homeowners want to know that the value of their property will remain the same or continue to grow. They have an investment to protect, and that is one of the reasons why they are intensely interested in future plans for development within their community. They want to know that any new development will add to the value of their home, but they are not the only ones concerned.