Results for ‘Buying’ category

The math behind discovering a new neighborhood

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

An effective wealth building strategy

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

On being aggressive

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.

Why I (almost) always ask for retrofit

In Los Angeles, the law requires that every building that changes hands needs to have low-flow toilets and shower-heads installed in the bathrooms (to preserve water). The law is enforced by means of a single form that is required to be completed prior to close wherein a contractor, licensed plumber or real estate agent attests

Creating an arts space

Recently, I’ve been mulling the idea of buying an industrial building and cutting it up into affordable artist studios. I have observed that these kinds of deals¬†can work pretty well if you get the property very cheaply and keep your renovation costs low. You obviously also have to be in an interesting area… but we

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