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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

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.

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