Development Services

We are a one-stop shop for all your building needs.

Do You Have...

A broken project

An illegal addition

A piece of land (what are my options?)

A fixer but don’t know how to proceed

The desire to build a new home

The inspiration to develop a high-rise

BuildZig is a one-stop-shop that provides the full range of services for investors/developers as well as individual homeowners.

As an active developer on our own direct investments, we are familiar with key challenges and bring you this expertise. Whether you are dealing with entitlements or need construction services from start to finish – we can help.

Site Assessment

For those trying to make sense of their project, we can help with a site assessment. While the first rule of real estate investment is a good location, most projects require a solid understanding of what’s feasible for each property based on land use regulations, engineering, and design constraints.

By determining the development opportunities and constraints of your site, we’ll provide you with a set of options and a roadmap for the project.

Based on your needs, BuildZig can help develop a work plan and assemble the best team at the best prices. For those seeking a little more help, we can also manage the entire project through to completion.

Cost Reviews

We can review your construction budget and provide feedback given project type, scope of work, and location/region. We advise whether we think your budget is adequate or not.

Feasibility Reports

We assess the path to acquiring planning and building permits and we provide a cost review of the options.

P.A.L.M. Reports

For larger development projects, this report analyzes the feasibility of the project from an entitlements and constructability perspective.

Lender’s Strategic Advantage for R.E.O. Portfolios: BuildZig PALM™ Reports

Even years after the U.S. sub-prime mortgage crisis, some lenders continue to face challenges within their R.E.O portfolios. Real estate markets have seen improvement over the past few years, so what should you do now? These questions apply to developers, investors, and lenders alike.

Planning & Design

BuildZig can help tackle the entitlements process (planning and building approval) – which can be lengthy and challenging for even experienced developers. We’ve successfully navigated this for own development projects, as well as for our clients.

Our leadership team has deep experience in this area.  

Carlos Plazola, our CEO, comes from local government where he spent seven years as Chief of Staff to the Oakland City Council President, advising on economic development issues. Carlos ran an entitlements company, and has managed a real estate investment company. He understands the inner-workings of government, and the demands of private investment.

Laura, our General Counsel and COO, spent several years as a land use attorney as Deputy City Attorney with the City of Oakland. In her current leadership role at BuildZig, Laura continues to advise on land use. Her experience ranges from acquisition and development to DRE subdivision, and condominium approvals – as well as CEQA, HOA, and permits.

Construction Management

BuildZig has cultivated a network of trusted construction partners and general contractors. 

Whether you need an extra hand to help with a specific area or end-to-end project management, we can pull the team together for you.