Results for ‘Buying’ category

What we talk about when we talk about appreciation

Have been doing some thinking about appreciation and how it affects our business. First, what is appreciation? It is the tendency, over time, of the price of real estate (in Los Angeles, anyway) to increase. A bit of clarification: Obviously, there is no guarantee that real estate will increase in price over any particular time

A savvy deal I couldn’t do

Just got a flyer from a reasonably active local broker announcing a deal he closed with the following characteristics: In Westlake, a rapidly improving neighborhood situation between Koreantown and Downtown 10 units totaling 9,800 sq ft 15,000+ sq ft lot R4 zoning $1.8MM price The flyer didn’t specify the rents, but, as I recall, the

Losing a good deal to make a better track record

Am looking at a deal now that has an interesting problem: While ZIMAS and the county both show 12 units, the certificate of occupancy shows 11 units. The building only has 11 parking spaces, so it was pretty clearly built as 11, with the final unit added at some point along the way, most likely illegally.

Letting a pitch go by

When someone joins Adaptive, one of the things I tell her is that she should not worry too much about making a mistake. The reasons are that (i) we can fix pretty much any mistake, so long as we know about it*; and (ii) Jon and I make bigger mistakes than any of our employees

Bad news about open ceilings in LA apartments

Have some bad news for those of you who love vaulted ceilings in apartments… they’re almost always illegal in LA. First, what do I mean by vaulted ceilings? They’re the ones where you can look up and see the structure of the roof. Here’s an example: Beautiful, right? So, why should that be illegal? Two reasons:

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