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Trusting the process

One of my agents called me yesterday to see if I had any ideas to help her. She’s got a great client who has been making strong offers on single family homes and getting outbid. Everyone is frustrated. As it happens, my parents are in the market for a home on the Eastside (working with

Why people pay high prices

Had someone yesterday email me asking why I think people are paying insane prices for Los Angeles apartment buildings. By insane, I mean 15-19x annual rents. At those prices, there’s basically no cashflow; in fact, at the upper end of the range, it’s likely you’ll pay to own the asset each month (instead of the

A minor epiphany about valuations for larger buildings

Just had a minor epiphany while walking over to the office from breakfast that I thought I’d share with you. It’s kind of embarrassing, in a “slap-myself-in-the-head-for-not-recognizing-this-earlier” kind of way, but I’m all about honesty on this blog, so here goes… Regular readers know I spend a lot of time thinking about the components¬†of value.

Thinking about the components of value

Lately, have been thinking about what we mean when we say, for example, that we’re earning a 7% unlevered return on a property. The math is pretty obvious: Say we invest $2MM in a property between acquisition and renovation (assume this is cash and that there is no mortgage). If we generate $140k / year

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

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