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The Real Estate Addicts (REA) podcast is for anyone interested in developing real estate. The podcast covers a comprehensive range of topics related to real estate and investing and features interviews with savvy and successful entrepreneurs who share their career path, failures, successes and the stories behind the incredible companies they built. Listen in for big personalities and great conversation.

Co-hosted by Ray Hurteau, Dan Rubin (Instagram @hrvhomes) and Marc Savatsky (Instagram @choose_boston)

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Real Estate Addicts Marc Savatsky, Ray Hurteau, Dan Rubin

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    • 5.0 • 129 Ratings

The Real Estate Addicts (REA) podcast is for anyone interested in developing real estate. The podcast covers a comprehensive range of topics related to real estate and investing and features interviews with savvy and successful entrepreneurs who share their career path, failures, successes and the stories behind the incredible companies they built. Listen in for big personalities and great conversation.

Co-hosted by Ray Hurteau, Dan Rubin (Instagram @hrvhomes) and Marc Savatsky (Instagram @choose_boston)

Follow Real Estate Addicts Podcast on Instagram
@Real_Estate_Addicts

    #79 Matthew Martin, Snr. Urban Designer at Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA)

    #79 Matthew Martin, Snr. Urban Designer at Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA)

    This week are extremely excited to be joined by Matthew Martin, Snr. Urban Designer at the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA). In this episode Matthew provides incredibly helpful insights that he’s gained over his 20+ years in urban design at the BPDA. The conversation is wide ranging and interesting throughout. Some of the topics discussed are highlighted below:



    0:45 What is the BPDA?

    2:00 On a scale from Texas to Paris in terms of rigidity in planning and land use, where does Boston rank?

    8:15 – What are the key components that you might look for when reviewing a new project and how have those components evolved?

    10:40 – What happens if an applicant deviates from approved plans during construction?!

    12:10 – What is a mockup? How are they used?

    14:00 – Does the BPDA prefer traditional or contemporary architecture? If a developer wanted to propose a more modern design how is that perceived and what tips can you offer?

    18:00 – The natural evolution of architecture and change of design within a city

    19:30 – Discussion of the “neighborhood process” and concerns related to “othering” that is sometimes inherent in this process

    21:30 – Parking!

    26:30 – Tension between controlling initial investments in preliminary/unapproved projects and later concerns related to buildability and technical aspects

    31:00 – Advice for architects and developers on how to submit a thorough set of design documents that will lead to fewer rounds of revisions during the design review process?

    36:00 Under-rated / over-rated / appropriately rated!

    • 44 min
    Construction Attorney, Bradley Croft of Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C.

    Construction Attorney, Bradley Croft of Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C.

    This week are joined by construction attorney, Bradley Croft, President and Chair of Litigation Department at Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C. Attny. Croft has built a successful practice representing architects, contractors, sub-contractors and developers. The conversation was wide ranging and full of important concepts and insights that every contractor and developer should understand. Some of the topics we touched on include, the fundamentals of construction contracts as well as specific terms and conditions that you should always look out for, mediation vs arbitration, issues related to construction delays including consequential damages and liquidated damages, Duty to Defend which is an insurer’s obligation to provide an insured with defense to claims, the concept of standard of care, how to manage change orders equitably, the prompt payment act, retainage, warranty work, mechanics liens and finally the nuances and implications of the statute of limitations vs statute of repose.
    Thank you as always for rating and reviewing the Real Estate Addicts Podcast!
    Disclaimer: this discussion was intended for informational purposes only and should not be relied on as legal advice

    Podcast Sponsor: First Boston Capital Partners
    www.grossmanco.com/private-lending/
    Trusted partner & private lender providing loans to builders, developers and real estate investors in MA, CT, RI, NH & NY.

    • 50 min
    #77 Mark Erlich - The Story on Union Labor

    #77 Mark Erlich - The Story on Union Labor

    This week we are thrilled to be joined by Mark Erlich. Mark retired as Executive Secretary-Treasurer (EST) of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters (NERCC) in 2017 and is now a fellow at the Harvard Labor and Worklife Program. As a member of Carpenters Local 40 since 1975, he worked at his craft as an apprentice, journeyman, foreman, and superintendent. He continues to serve as a member on the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals, MassINC board, and the Federal Reserve Advisory Council.

    The conversation was interesting throughout and covered a lot of topics including, the great recession (depression?) of 2008, the current perceived labor shortage, how labor unions function as a key to climbing out of poverty and into the middle class, the seeming rise of labor strikes (“striketober”), the surprising trend in NYC towards open shop labor on large projects, thresholds or tipping points that may trigger union involvement in a project, advantages of using union labor (skilled tradesman, safety, quality, schedule), the growth of misclassifying people who are employees as independent contractors. Finally, we get Marks take on modular construction and his skepticism of tech evangelists who avow to ‘disrupt’ the industry (i.e. Katerra) and Mark’s impression of the positive changing dynamics of the Union Workforce.

    Thank you as always for rating and reviewing the Real Estate Addicts Podcast!

    Podcast Sponsor: First Boston Capital Partners
    www.grossmanco.com/private-lending/
    Trusted partner & private lender providing loans to builders, developers and real estate investors in MA, CT, RI, NH & NY.

    • 43 min
    #76 - Bldg A Bldg Part III - Interior Finishes w/Dan, Marc, Ray

    #76 - Bldg A Bldg Part III - Interior Finishes w/Dan, Marc, Ray

    In this episode the guys take a deep dive into detail on interior finishes. We hit on product selection, approach, schedule, cost and potential pitfalls of taking your building from completion of rough MEP's & insulation all the way through Certificate of Occupancy. Blueboard plaster vs. Tape & Mudd? Building showers - how best to waterproof, drain options, curb vs. curbless? Finish carpentry - baseboards, kitchens? Wood floors - nail vs glue? Pre-finished engineered vs traditional? Finish electrical & finish plumbing.

    Thank you as always for rating and reviewing the Real Estate Addicts Podcast!

    Podcast Sponsor: First Boston Capital Partners
    www.grossmanco.com/private-lending/
    Trusted partner & private lender providing loans to builders, developers and real estate investors in MA, CT, RI, NH & NY.

    • 41 min
    #75 Scott Chopin - Founder Urban Pacific on Workforce Housing Dev

    #75 Scott Chopin - Founder Urban Pacific on Workforce Housing Dev

    Scott Choppin, founder of Urban Pacific joins the guys to discuss multifamily development on the west coast. They talk about the differences in building code requirements, costs and how Scott typically funds his projects. In addition, Scott also discusses his "Urban Town House" model and how he is targeting tertiary markets providing work force housing in and around Los Angeles building middle income, multi-generational rental housing using all private capital.

    • 55 min
    #74 Jeff Fullerton, Sound Advice on Multifamily Construction

    #74 Jeff Fullerton, Sound Advice on Multifamily Construction

    This week we are joined by Jeff Fullerton, a veteran acoustics expert and Department Manager at Intertek in Boston. Jeff shares his secrets on ensuring your next multifamily project achieves acoustic privacy, a major topic of growing importance in our industry. Jeff shares how your project team can improve acoustics at the design stage, how the building code addresses acoustical performance, the difference between STC and IIC and how they are measured, the paradox of background noise, floor/ceiling and wall design acoustic principles. As a developer, you can spend almost unlimited money on achieving sound separation, so we spend the back half of the episode talking through the various sound control solutions currently on the market from resilient channel to HushFrame, gypsum floor underlayment’s, damping compounds, laminated drywall and evaluate the pros and cons of each.

    Thank you as always for rating and reviewing the Real Estate Addicts Podcast!

    Podcast Sponsor: First Boston Capital Partners
    www.grossmanco.com/private-lending/
    Trusted partner & private lender providing loans to builders, developers and real estate investors in MA, CT, RI, NH & NY.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
129 Ratings

129 Ratings

megan@podcastingyou ,

Love This Podcast!

Marc, Ray and Dan do such a good job covering a variety of topics. The guests offer valuable insight as well. I would recommend this podcast to anyone looking to be inspired and informed!

maddie@podcastingyou ,

Super informative!

Love that each episode is a true deep dive! Marc, Ray, and Dan are great hosts and provide the information on the topic in a highly accessible and easily digestible way. Highly recommend!

Mariann!! ,

Wonderful show!

Thanks, Marc, it’s an excellent show!
The content of this program is of great value.
Congratulations!

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