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My random meeting policy pays off

Had a really interesting meeting yesterday that opened my eyes to a large new market. The meeting was with someone who came across our company via our ads for apartments, found the blog, and reached out. Regular readers know I’ll take pretty much any meeting, so long as the person is willing to come to

Silver Lake rents and operating margins

Spent some time this morning looking at rents in Silver Lake. When we started in this business back in 2008, a really nice 1 bed in Silver Lake was around $1500. Today, a similar apartment goes for $2200-2300. That’s an increase of ~50% in eight years… or around 5-5.5% / year (inclusive of compounding). But that’s

Pro tip: Don’t move the mailbox

When you renovate an apartment building, you may be tempted to move and/or replace the mailbox. Don’t. Why? When you install a new mailbox for an apartment building, it comes unlocked. The USPS needs to install a master lock so that the mail-carrier can access the slots. But, due to budget cuts, the USPS is down to

Another flare-up in Boyle Heights

Am pretty sensitive to the concerns of many in Boyle Heights regarding gentrification, particularly after our whole blown-up bike tour. Still, can’t help but feel like chasing an opera company and a walking tour out of the neighborhood is conduct unbecoming of what appears to be an otherwise quite-thoughtful group of citizens. I know the

Today at Adaptive

Apologies for the sporadic posting; we have a lot of things cooking this week. In case you wonder what life is like here at Adaptive, today we are: Attending an appraisal of 830-832 N Beaudry, a building we renovated via Fund 3 and which we are now refinancing; Attending an HPOZ meeting to figure out

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