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Development Agreements for Real Estate Deals Small and Large

Apr 22, 2008
A development agreement is an understanding reached by two or individuals or parties about their respective rights and obligations in relation to a certain thing or a specific subject. The development on which these two parties are reaching agreement can fall into a number of categories.

In terms of real estate, the development agreement could pertain to land improvement, construction involving land, or buildings. In the technological fields, it could pertain to new product development, software development, or other improving techniques for technological development. It can also refer to business or corporate development.

The developer is the one who will do the designing, developing, and sometimes even manufacturing and marketing of the product or subject to be developed. The specific details will be laid out in the development agreement. The agreement will also discuss the obligations of each of the parties, the deliverables, specific milestones, and other details of the project to be developed. Specific exchange of information will be detailed, as well as where and/or how these exchanges will take place. The terms on which the deliverable will be accepted will also be spelled out specifically in the developer agreement. There may be a specific time limit associated with this acceptance. Any potential fees will be laid out, along with any other payment terms. Other elements such as distribution may be discussed.

Having a written development agreement can be important. If properly created, this document will prevent disputes. If problems do develop, the development agreement will provide ways to resolve the issues. If the parties were to end up in court, the development agreement establishes their legal responsibilities to each other. Having a written development agreement can prevent delivery of an unsatisfactory product. The best way development agreements break the project down the project into distinct parts or stages. These are generally referred to as milestones.

As each milestone is reached, the developer is required to provide an acceptable deliverable. While this may not be a completed product, it should be something that will allow the other party to assess the progress of the developer. These milestones are usually tied to a payment, which gives the developer motivation to meet any deadlines for the milestones. This process enables both parties to monitor the development process and resolve any problems or issues early on. In a worst-case scenario, there should be provisions in the development agreement to end the project early if mutually satisfactory progress is not being shown through the milestones.

Having this sort of development agreement has benefits for the developer as well. Since the client signs off on each step of the project, they can avoid any potential claims of an unsatisfactory product or performance. The developer has a chance to address any of the client's shifting needs and requests as well. Few development projects ever develop exactly along initial specifications. Development projects tend to grow and change as the process moves along. The key is to have a development agreement that allows for communication between the two parties regarding changes and a delivery timetable that is realistic yet flexible.
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Mark Warner is a Legal Research Analysts for RealDealDocs.com. RealDealDocs gives you insider access to millions of legal documents drafted by the top law firms in the US. To find Development Agreements, click here. Free Search!
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