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Rising construction costs are the biggest challenge for all developers, but for affordable developers, it can be a crippling one. In fact, the increased construction costs are one of an amalgam of reasons that the affordable housing supply is shrinking. However, there are solutions. Partnering with an established affordable builder is one of the essential ways that developers get costs under control, along with pre-construction planning to stay on schedule and work out potential cost-increasing issues before they happen.

“Affordable housing projects face several inherent challenges to completion, especially in California,” Richard Lara, president and CEO of RAAM Construction, tells GlobeSt.com. “Among these challenges are rising construction costs and scarcity of quality labor, which, while they don’t exclusively affect affordable development, these challenges do hit the affordable sector especially hard.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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