Results for ‘Due Diligence’ category

When liquidity dries up for supposedly liquid funds

When people invest with us, I always warn them not to expect their money back at any particular time. Why? Because real estate is a fundamentally illiquid asset (eg it takes a long time to sell). As long as you’re not a forced seller, you’l probably do very well… but you can get killed if

Why people pay high prices

Had someone yesterday email me asking why I think people are paying insane prices for Los Angeles apartment buildings. By insane, I mean 15-19x annual rents. At those prices, there’s basically no cashflow; in fact, at the upper end of the range, it’s likely you’ll pay to own the asset each month (instead of the

What chutzpah!

Have been following a listing in Highland Park for a little while and wanted to share it with you all.* It’s a decent-size deal in a good area at a somewhat reasonable price. So, what’s the big deal? If you dig into the listing info, you will see that the building has an underground parking area, which is

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.

Bad news about open ceilings in LA apartments

Have some bad news for those of you who love vaulted ceilings in apartments… they’re almost always illegal in LA. First, what do I mean by vaulted ceilings? They’re the ones where you can look up and see the structure of the roof. Here’s an example: Beautiful, right? So, why should that be illegal? Two reasons:

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