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Buildings we will manage and buildings we won’t

Have recently found myself explaining my take on our property management business to several people and figured I’d put it up here for general consumption. Lots of people ask us to manage their buildings and we generally decline. Why? In LA, there are basically two kinds of buildings: 1. Ones that have been renovated somewhat

Why we avoid pre-1920s buildings

I love buildings built in the 1920s, but I rarely buy buildings built before that. Why? It has to do with how the buildings were built. By the 1920s, Los Angeles construction practices were not that different from today’s. Layouts, door width, ceiling height, spacing between studs, size of lumber used – all are quite similar to

Imitation, flattery, blah blah blah

Went to an inspection today on a deal we’re thinking of buying. This was a weird one, in that the listing broker allowed all the buyers to walk through the property prior to having an accepted offer. I think this is good practice on the part of the listing broker, because it gives the seller

Another idea for real estate entrepreneurs

At the ULI discussion last night, I was asked about opportunities I see for young entrepreneurs wanting to get into real estate. I gave a fairly macro answer about the middle class returning to big cities and how that is going to continue to drive increases in rents and property values in urban centers. But

Why I don’t talk about cap rates

About 10 times a week, people ask me what kind of cap rates I expect from our deals. In my answers, I strongly resist using the term cap rate, to the point that people think I’m a little strange. This is kind of weird, right? Any book you read about investment property is going to

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