Site Insight offers a wide range of expert advice on feasibility, deal structure, project financing and many other aspects of real estate development. We help our clients make smart decisions and avoid a wide range of pitfalls at all stages of planning and construction.

Our services range from deal assessment, negotiations, owner’s representation and project management to sourcing deals and assembling creative financial structures.

Who We
Work With

Site Insight serves a wide variety of clients in Baltimore, the State of Maryland and nationally. We operate in commercial real estate development and affordable housing sectors:

Management Firms

Real Estate






Jeffrey H Ratnow MSRE, PE

The company is led by Jeff Ratnow, an expert in real estate development and civil engineering. He has spent decades working in the greater Baltimore metro area and the State of Maryland. He offers clients the benefit of his real estate development and civil engineering design expertise, his vast professional network, and his ability to smoothly navigate bureaucratic systems.


  • Guest Lecturer Carey School of Business, Johns Hopkins University
  • Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance, Board Chair Resource Development
  • Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition Baltimore City Inclusionary Zoning Task Force
  • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Alumni
  • Co-Founding Member of Fort 700 Development, LLC


Site Insight advises clients on site selection, project feasibility, purchase agreement negotiations, construction and development management oversight, procures site and planning department approvals for active development projects.

Mission Based Real Estate Development Project

Provided development management services to a non-profit undertaking a $15M mission-based redevelopment project in Baltimore City.

Affordable Housing Deal Sourcing

Secured land, created the vision, built the team and obtained public and private financing for 175- 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit Units in two communities, generating over $3.5M in developer fees.

Highest & Best Use/Feasibility Study – Mixed Use Affordable Housing

Preliminary feasibility study on an identified collection of parcels in Baltimore City, to determine the site yield, development cost, and income potential for the site; factoring in zoning, market, constructability and available financing sources.

Development Plan Assessment-Institutional Investor

Detailed design plan review, comprehensive zoning and infrastructure assessment and next steps recommendations for an institutional investment firm involved in a large scale, joint venture development.


Site Insight offers a comprehensive range of commercial real estate development services. Most of what we offer falls into one of the following categories.

Highest and Best Use Analysis

Helping real estate developers and land owners determine what is possible, appropriate and financially feasible for vacant land and redevelopment opportunities.

Project Management for Real Estate Development

Managing projects from concept to completion including team assembly, leadership, design and entitlement management, and construction management.

Feasibility Studies

Provide an independent assessment of the validity of the strategy, or viability of a proposed development plan, and offering suggested alternatives.


  • Baltimore City Development
  • Affordable Housing
  • Sourcing Deals & Securing Land
  • 9% & 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits
  • Site Development/Civil Engineering
  • HUD
  • Market Assessment
  • Due Diligence
  • Zoning & Permitting
  • Financial Modeling