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All-in on LA

Have been thinking about how amazing it is that a person can own land in LA. I know that’s a weird thing to think about, but stay with me. Land is permanent and, increasing density aside, they’re not making more of it. It’s pretty amazing to me that, through actions taken in the course of

Fixing the small lot ordinance

Was listening to a podcaster bemoan the failure of the Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance to deliver affordable housing in LA. There’s a lot of noise around this issue, because the homes that have been built under the ordinance have ended up being pretty expensive. Have two, distinct points to make about this issue: It is

Imagining a cashflow monster

Regular readers know I’m an avid follower of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett’s company. One interesting thing about BH is that Buffett never issues dividends. His argument is that he can find better uses for cash the company generates than the investors could on their own (particularly given that dividends are subject to taxes at the

On competing with cowboys

Yesterday, while perusing the MLS, I came across a renovated duplex for sale in a neighborhood we like. Curious about the renovations, I checked the LADBS website to review the permits pulled. Of course, there were no permits on file for the rehab. This infuriated me. Why? Well, these units are going to compete for

Thinking through investing in a hot market

As we look at making deals late in this expansion phase, I have been doing a lot of thinking about what, exactly, we risk by buying high. After all, we are (effectively) permanent holders, so it’s not exactly clear why we should care about prices going down after we acquire an asset. But I am

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