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Regulatory insanity

Sometimes people wonder why rent is so high in Los Angeles. Here’s a perfect example. We’re adding four units to a duplex we bought in Highland Park. Because LA has decided to go down the path of “low impact development”, this is what we’re confronted with (again, on a six unit project!): “First they have

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

Pro tip: Don’t move the mailbox

When you renovate an apartment building, you may be tempted to move and/or replace the mailbox. Don’t. Why? When you install a new mailbox for an apartment building, it comes unlocked. The USPS needs to install a master lock so that the mail-carrier can access the slots. But, due to budget cuts, the USPS is down to

What we talk about when we talk about appreciation

Have been doing some thinking about appreciation and how it affects our business. First, what is appreciation? It is the tendency, over time, of the price of real estate (in Los Angeles, anyway) to increase. A bit of clarification: Obviously, there is no guarantee that real estate will increase in price over any particular time

What to build in LA right now

Periodically, I’m asked to answer the following question: What part of the real estate business is most attractive for a new entrepreneur right now? So I think about this question a lot. And my answer right now is: Condos for old people. As I’ve said here before, I’m among the oldest Millennials. Therefore, I’m experiencing

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