Met with a guy yesterday who participated in the Highland Park building boom of the 1980s and early 1990s. Apparently deals worked like this: You would buy a piece of land for cash. Next, you would get the bank to appraise the land for a lot more than you paid for it. Then, the bank
Visited a smaller building we bought three months ago. About six months from now, these are going to be six of the nicest three bed units around, though you certainly can’t tell from how they look now!
When you’re in a hot market, every second thing you get from brokers is a development opportunity. That’s generally code for “over-price land”. And I’ll tell you what your first impulse is: To see if you can maybe buy the land on either side and have that make the project work. (That’s called “assemblage”.) But this
El Nino is finally here and we’re pretty well prepared, at least with respect to the existing portfolio. But, unsurprisingly, construction workers generally don’t love working in the rain. And that confronts us with an irritating dilemma. We can: Suck up the resulting construction delays; or Bonus the workers (either directly or via their employing
And… we’re back. As you know, we’re in the process of “rehabbing” a 4plex in Echo Park right now. I say “rehabbing”, because it’s effectively new construction, as you will see below. When we started this project, I was mentally prepared to treat it like a standard rehab deal, except with slightly more risk and