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How to handle call-downs

Today I want to talk about a little-discussed area of money management: How to handle call-downs. First, what’s a call-down? In most real estate deals, the investors don’t send all their money for the whole deal on the day of closing. Instead, they agree to commit a specific total amount to the project and then leave

Some thoughts on the fight at the CA Coastal Commission

There’s a big fight brewing on the California Coastal Commission. In a nutshell: The Coastal Commission board, which includes a lot of relatively pro-development members appointed by Governor Brown, is in the midst of throwing out the current director, mostly because he’s insufficiently pro-development. The usual suspects, mostly environmental groups, are all up in arms.

Thanks to Kris and David

Am slammed all day today, but wanted to use this opportunity to give a huge public THANK YOU to two people who don’t get nearly enough credit in our organization: Kris and David F. Together, Kris and David handle all of our bookkeeping, accounts receivable and payable, oversee 50+ bank accounts, produce financial reporting, and

When to start lease-up on a rehabbed building?

Here’s a question we wrestle with all the time: When should lease-up begin? You’d think this would have an easy answer: When construction is done. But you’d be wrong. Usually, buildings are “showable” (eg look pretty close to complete) 2-4 weeks before the construction is actually done. And, after carrying the building with no cashflow

One lesson from our foray into ground-up construction

We’re closing today on what will become either our second or third ground-up project (depending on how you want to count this one). In going through the design / permitting process, I’ve already learned a pretty valuable lesson, which I’ll share here. I always wondered why investors wanted to see a higher pro forma yield on

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