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The social implications of renovate vs. build

Right now: There is a ton of demand for apartments in LA; and There is a lot of capital seeking yield This represents an opportunity for entrepreneurs, like Jon and me, to make money by partnering with the capital to provide housing. Like most entrepreneurs in this space, we’re more or less agnostic about whether

When the rents are too damn high

We just entered lease-up on a new building and the rents are coming in too high. How on earth could I be concerned about rents coming in too high? Isn’t that a good thing for landlords? Sort of, except that it means I’ve been missing out on deals that I could have been doing. When

Project: New lease

Over the next few days, am going to spend a bunch of time revamping our standard lease. Why would I do this boring job? Aren’t all leases pretty much the same? The answer is, obviously, no way. First, landlord-tenant law changes over time. As new laws are enacted and new court decisions come down, what is

Should I invest in this deal?

Attended a Princeton alumni event last night and got into an interesting conversation with a guy who is considering investing in a syndicated multifamily deal in Arizona. He asked me my thoughts. Here’s what I told him: Focus on the operator, not the deal. Why? First, there’s no way an amateur is going to come to

Re-thinking for sale development

Had drinks with a friend who is an architect / developer last night. We got to talking about a big piece of land he owns in Echo Park. He is currently planning to develop it as a small lot subdivision and sell off the resulting homes. I told him this may be a mistake, and

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