Real Estate Addicts

Marc Savatsky, Ray Hurteau, Dan Rubin

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 @dan.and.ray) and Marc Savatsky (Instagram @choose_boston) Follow Real Estate Addicts Podcast on Instagram: @Real_Estate_Addicts read less
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Episodes

#79 - Matthew Martin, Snr. Urban Designer at Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA)
Apr 12 2022
#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: 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. 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!
#77 Mark Erlich - The Story on Union Labor
Feb 22 2022
#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.