Real estate is "Property consisting of land and the buildings on it, along with its natural resources such as crops, minerals, or water immovable property of this nature an interest vested in this an item of real property buildings or housing in general. Also the business of real estate the profession of buying, selling, or renting land, buildings or housing."

Real estate development, or property development, is a multifaceted business, encompassing activities that range from the renovation and re-lease of existing buildings to the purchase of raw land and the sale of improved land or parcels to others. Developers are the coordinators of the activities, converting ideas on paper into real property.  Real estate development is different from construction, although many developers also construct. Developer Louis Lesser drew the distinction in a 1963 New York Times article, Developing is the key word. We don't build ourselves, Mr. Lesser stresses. 'We buy the land, finance the deal, and then we have the best builders build under bond at a fixed cost.