Speculative builder

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Speculative builder

One who develops and constructs building projects on the speculation that they will be sold or leased in the future.
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speculative builder

One who develops and constructs building projects for subsequent sale or lease.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Some madly speculative builder was evidently trying to turn Crickgelly into a watering-place.
Williams had been sold to the speculative builder, and had borne rich crops of snug suburban dwellings, arranged in curving crescents and tree-lined avenues.
Hailed as one of the UK's most ambitious speculative builders, Mr Smart created the company in 1973 along with his late wife, who died in 2005.
He said the O'Dempseys were speculative builders and "the evidence strongly suggested that the village knew about the improper size of the structure."
Voysey-esque design became the hallmark of every leafy suburb in every town and city throughout Britain during the interwar years; speculative builders replicated his hipped roofs, white woodwork, glazed tiles, stained glass door-panels and decorative metalwork, taking to its logical conclusion what one late 19th-century commentator referred to as his 'simple, cosy utilitarianism'.
This need was often met by speculative builders who created residential parks.
Property development in Dublin in which plots were leased to speculative builders gave the city its characteristic "Georgian" diversity--where clusters of houses showed subtle local variations in texture and color: "Unlike Edinburgh, Bath and London, where architects played a more significant role in creating the streets and squares, building in eighteenth-century Dublin was typically developer-led and constructed by artisan tradesmen'" (75).
Not a lot of speculative builders but relatively healthy investors."
The landowner leased parcels of land to speculative builders, who then put up a block of terraces.
Instead, said Daly, some speculative builders have begun marketing their new homes pre-construction, thereby reducing the, well, speculation.
Fred had made the acquaintance of American consul William Doty and they were brought together by their shared desire to stop the hall falling into the hands of speculative builders, which would have meant demolition.
Unfortunately, the Prince's stylistic predilections are the ones that are copied by speculative builders, rather than his planning precepts.