Definition of "Linkage"

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Linkage in real estate means the proximity of a particular piece of land to its originally intended function. In addition, linkage can refer to the time and distance between a property’s use and its users. 

Before moving to a particular neighborhood, we advise you to study its linkage, means of transportation, and community infrastructure. These are crucial elements if you don’t want to feel cut off from the rest of the world.

Reach out to local realtors to consult about your neighborhood’s linkage!

A property’s linkage and location can be significant when deciding which real estate investments you should invest your money in. Suppose you’re interested in your real estate’s linkage to its immediate neighborhood and land. In that case, we recommend contacting professional local real estate agents to supply additional information. 

Linkage sheds light on how a property ‘behaves’ in its immediate neighborhood.

Typically, a specific site’s or property’s linkage means the way it is physically linked or connected to trade areas, markets, and submarkets. Within this area, the property competes for users of the lot, residents, as well as market support. 

Connectivity is another crucial linkage feature. It connects the particular private property to the public domain physically. In addition, it links different parts of the neighborhood. Then, linkage supplies a tie to submarkets and transportation passages in its adjacent environs. 


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Real estate example of linkage

Let’s take a concrete example, shall we? As we all know, living near a highway can often be perplexing. However, things can get worse. Suppose a shopping center was built several miles away from the closest highway. In that case, its linkage would be very poor. Moreover, we can legitimately question its future commercial success.

How does community infrastructure relate to real estate linkage?

An expertly devised community infrastructure guarantees a property linkage to its closest surroundings, neighborhood, or environment. Under such circumstances, community linkage can assume the following forms of connectivity.


  1. Pedestrian connectivity is meant for pedestrians and cyclists. Pedestrian connectivity implies bike routes, sidewalks, boardwalks, walkways, and pedestrian zones in general. The most charming US towns have excellent pedestrian connectivity.


  1. Vehicular connectivity defines transport routes that ease traffic flows within and through your neighborhood.


  1. Transit connectivity defines means of public transportation and transit modes. These include light rails, buses, and railway transportmeans available in your immediate area. By default, the principle idea behind transit connectivity is to help you get to your destination as fast and conveniently as possible.


Linkages are abstract concepts, so setting their value in numbers is difficult. However, we must agree that linkages facilitate social interaction and the exchange of information between residents. The most notable factors determining the linkage quality are local crime rates, traffic levels, lighting, regular maintenance, and types of uses. 

What do linkage fee programs mean?

When a new land development goes in, there’s a directly linked increase in the community’s need for extra affordable housing. What’s the reason behind this? With the new development, more population arrives who need services. Subsequently, more people come who can deliver these services. 

In contrast with the first wave of population, the second wave, the so-called service population, can’t afford existing home prices. Therefore, they will require a kind of subsidized housing, which, in its own turn, must also be built. However, an increasing affordable housing shortage occurs in the community if they fail to pay a linkage fee. 

The conclusion is that with new developments, local authorities must create reasonably-priced housing options for the service population. Linkage fees enable cities togenerate the necessary revenue to construct inexpensive homes if a new land development project is launched.

The city council can charge new developers a linkage fee based on the new building’s square footage. The property can be a non-residential development, industrial facility, retail center, or other commercial project. Then, the revenue collected will be transferred to a housing trust fund in compliance with local priorities and needs.

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