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Help support more housing along the Expo Line

Am writing today with a request: That you click the link below and add your name to the long list of people and organizations in favor of adding more housing along the Expo Line in LA. Here’s the link. Regular readers know that LA’s housing crisis is basically the result of terrible land-use planning. We

Let’s behave ourselves

Have been stewing over the behavior of a few of our competitors, who skirt city law in order to drive up the returns they earn on deals. All businesses are subject to some level of government regulation. For a variety of reasons, including the fact that the assets are immovable, the ownership of rental housing

How increasing replacement costs imply a widening investment moat

Experienced real estate investors know to keep an eye on replacement cost when considering rehab deals. The idea is to try to ensure your property will have a cost advantage vs. its neighbors. The thought process is pretty simple: When considering doing a project, you want to look at what it would cost a competitor

Unsolicited advice for owners of non-RSO buildings

Owners of non-rent stabilized apartment buildings in Los Angeles with rents below market (eg most of them) ought to be considering their options in light of the likely repeal of Costa-Hawkins. Two obvious courses of action: Sell now, while the market continues to (mistakenly, in my view) place a premium on non-RSO buildings; or Immediately

Some love for Scott Weiner

As a housing supplier, it is in my financial interest for the government to continue to block development of new housing at a scale commensurate with demand. However, as an American who loves cities, in general, and Los Angeles, in particular, I am strongly in favor of loosening restrictions on development. More housing equals lower

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