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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

How to become a deal gal (or guy)

Was talking over the weekend to a friend of mine about a deal he’s doing with a partner. His partner pulled a pretty impressive negotiating jui-jitsu move on a counter-party of theirs, one that neither my friend nor I would have even considered, let alone attempted.* My friend explained that his partner is not really

Some thoughts on windows (zzzzz….)

Today, I want to talk about windows. Still here? Good. Windows are a controversial part of the repositioning process. Replacing them is pretty expensive (on the order to $400-500 / window) and, while new windows open / close easily and look nice, no one ever rented an apartment because of the windows. Still, we intend

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