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
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
Two days ago, I wrote about how hot the apartment market has got and promised to talk about how we, and others, are navigating it. Yesterday, I discussed a tactic that kind of works right now, though we can’t use it. Today I want to talk about another way to approach this hot market: By
Yesterday, I noted that pricing for apartment buildings in LA has become detached from the underlying cashflows the buildings can generate. But some deals are still getting done at (semi-)reasonable prices and I want to discuss how, and why it’s a problem for me. Right now, listing brokers and sellers are pricing properties very aggressively.
The math underlying the apartment repositioning business is simple: It comes down to the relationship between the price at which we can buy buildings and the rent we can achieve for renovated units. Because we started doing this pretty much at the bottom of the last recession, for our entire career, both prices and rents