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One way the Fire Department raises rents in LA

Today, I want to talk about one of the unacknowledged factors driving up the cost of housing in LA: The fire code. Now, it’s obvious why we need the Fire Department to weigh in on the design of new buildings. The department is going to have to rescue the inhabitants in the event of a fire and it obviously

Thinking about the path not taken

Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about where we are in the cycle, debt, risk and asset allocation. You see, many of my contemporaries have been doing fairly high-leverage development deals and doing very well with them. We at Adaptive have shied away from those sorts of deals, for two, related reasons: You

When to start lease-up on a rehabbed building?

Here’s a question we wrestle with all the time: When should lease-up begin? You’d think this would have an easy answer: When construction is done. But you’d be wrong. Usually, buildings are “showable” (eg look pretty close to complete) 2-4 weeks before the construction is actually done. And, after carrying the building with no cashflow

One lesson from our foray into ground-up construction

We’re closing today on what will become either our second or third ground-up project (depending on how you want to count this one). In going through the design / permitting process, I’ve already learned a pretty valuable lesson, which I’ll share here. I always wondered why investors wanted to see a higher pro forma yield on

We’re a little bit different

Had an interesting tour yesterday of a building we probably won’t buy. The reason it was interesting is that we were reminded, yet again, of how differently we look at acquisition targets. The broker began to give us a whole spiel about how many of the units had been renovated, what the rents were, how

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