Peterson Economics Company Overview

Peterson Economics was formed in 2002 by Jon Peterson, a former principal at Economics Research Associates. Since opening in 2002, Peterson Economics has been retained to complete more than 475 major new consulting assignments, including projects in Mexico, Hawaii, Canada, Australia, Costa Rica, Alaska, California, the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountains, the Southwest, Texas, the South, and the Northeast. Assignments completed to date have included market and financial analyses for more than 200 of the largest and most complex new master-planned resort communities and high-end private club communities proposed or under development in North America, giving us a very large share of this unique market niche. Peterson Economics has also been retained to complete a variety of analyses for proposed new residential communities, fractional resorts, golf courses, hotels, retail/mixed-use projects, RV parks, business parks and other land-use types.

Peterson Economics was founded with the goal of providing the highest-quality real estate economics consulting advice available to the resort, residential, lodging and recreation industries. Our continued success is a direct reflection of our commitment to that goal. Moreover, clients retaining Peterson Economics know up-front exactly who will staff their projects and what they will get — Jon Peterson will take a central role in every assignment and he will be supported by exceptional staff.

At Peterson Economics, we believe quality work “sells itself,” so we concentrate virtually all of our resources on our research, reports, and client services; as a result of this emphasis on product, rather than on marketing, the vast majority of our business comes from satisfied repeat clients and industry contacts, and the new clients they refer to us.

Peterson Economics specializes in examining proposed new real estate projects with complex development options. Our private-sector development clients range from first-time developers to some of the most experienced and sophisticated golf, residential, and resort developers in North America. Often times, developers retain us to help evaluate new projects in markets where they have been active for decades because our broad-based experience in numerous markets throughout North America enables us to find opportunities they might otherwise overlook.

Although the primary purpose of retaining Peterson Economics is typically to assist in internal decision-making regarding land planning and market positioning issues, our reports are highly regarded in the development industry and are also useful to developers seeking to find investment partners, to obtain financing, or to sell a project. For instance, one of our reports was used in late 2002 as the primary research document concerning a $1 billion investment decision by one of the nation’s top resort development firms. This project has since enjoyed annual real estate sales volumes of more than $150 million, with more than 1,000 second-home properties sold since 2004.

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Jon Peterson’s consulting assignments since 1993 include more than 350 major resort and golf community consulting assignments, more than 200 stand-alone golf consulting assignments, and a variety of analyses for new retail, lodging, attraction, and other project types.


Hualalai Golf Club, Kohala Coast of the Big Island

Hualalai Golf Club, Kohala Coast of the Big Island