Results for ‘Buying’ category

Avoid problems with the Los Angeles Housing Department

Pro tip: You don’t want to buy a building, only to find yourself in the middle of a war with the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD). Under the standard California real estate sale contract between seller and buyer, the seller has a duty to disclose any on-going issues that may effect the value of the

How leverage (debt) magnifies outcomes

You heard me say in numerous pieces that leverage (debt) magnifies outcomes. What do I mean by that? Well, let’s examine two identical fourplexes with different capitalization structures. First, here are the operating details: Acquired for $600,000 Annual rents of $60,000 Assume costs of 35% or $21,000 Annual Net operating income (rents minus expenses but

Why do people hire dumb brokers?

Buying a home or income property is a big deal. You’re committing a chunk of your (or your family’s) hard-earned capital, plus taking on an enormous amount of debt. All kinds of things can go wrong, from structural problems, to tenant issues, to badly structured loans, to city inspection concerns, etc. So why do people

My problem

I have a problem: I find good deals every week but I don’t have the money to buy them all myself (even though I want to!). So my solution is to find like-minded people who want to own apartment buildings and help them buy the deals I find. But how do I find these wonderful

Mortgages: Borrowing to save

With a mortgage, you borrow to save. Sounds weird, right? Let’s take a look. Do you know what actually happens with a mortgage payment? Sure, you send it off to the bank each month (or, more likely, it’s deducted from your bank account automatically). But do you know what’s really going on? The easiest way

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