Doctor Demographics
Doctor Demographics
I write about where to put a practice, the market conditions that are influencing the places where dentistry works best, and the trends that are helping or inhibiting practice.
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[PODCAST] Will They Build? Using Building Permits as a Growth Indicator for Your Practice

[PODCAST] Will They Build? Using Building Permits as a Growth Indicator for Your Practice

3/28/2023 1:07:34 PM   |   Comments: 0   |   Views: 24


When we are looking for favorable places to put a practice, we are often drawn to those sites that are allowing or encouraging growth, particularly those sites that are encouraging the construction of single-family, owner-occupied dwelling units.  In some states (including California) this is becoming more expensive (assuming they are even possible.) Politicians don't like them for several reasons. They don't provide property taxes like apartment developments do and they are difficult to put in utilities. They also represent challenges to voting blocks that local politicians like. Worst of all, they encourage "buy-in" that is independent of politicians.  They prefer to deal with individual developers. They don't like individual property owner or their representatives. When big developers have to answer to politicians, they resent losing their power base. We are looking for a large population base that also controls building permits rather than politicians that control them like a kind of "patronage gift." When practices depend upon single-family housing that is owner-occupied, the politicians lose power (and control). That is one more reason you want local control to be in the hands of local property owners. Doctor Demographics can tell you where these places exist. If you are going to put the future in the hands of a building developer, you want to retain control of that property. We have the answers to how this can be done.
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