Sometimes clients ask me why we’re so focused on Northeast LA (Silver Lake, Echo Park, Highland Park, etc.). After all, LA is a big place and there are plenty of other places to buy apartment buildings. So why the focus on the hipster areas? Hint: It ain’t because we love asymmetrical haircuts, beards and artisanal pickles.
Back in the 1980s, Japanese companies flush with cash acquired a ton of office buildings (and maybe hotels, too?) in LA at very high prices. In the recession of the early-to-mid-1990s, they got their asses handed to them. Now, there is a wave of Chinese developers flush with cash buying up office buildings, hotels, and
As prices continue to rise for the kind of beat-up, badly managed assets that are our bread-and-butter, we are spending more time looking at new neighborhoods. Am I going to tell you which ones I’m focusing on? No, because a bunch of people who compete with me read this blog. But I will share with
One couple, two incomes. Live on one, save the other. Buy first 4plex FHA. Live in one unit, accelerating savings. Accumulate downpayment for building #2. Buy building #2 with 25% down. Resist temptation to increase spending; saving accelerates due to income from building #2. Buy building #3. Rinse. Repeat. Assuming we’re talking about 4plexes that
I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about preventing bad things from happening on deals. That’s what due diligence is all about: Trying to identify all of the things that could potentially go wrong on a deal and then either ensuring they do not or else planning to mitigate the negative consequences.