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A great capital partner

Yesterday, a long-time capital partner and I finalized the operating agreement for the entity for a new deal we’re doing and, because the process unfolded in precisely the way I like to do business, I want to highlight it here: We brought the deal to this partner about a month ago, after we had inspected

How we think about apartment design

When you’re designing apartment buildings, you need to resolve the following tension: You want the units to be cool enough to attract tenants today, while making them timeless enough to attract tenants for decades to come. We have settled on what I like to think of as “authentic Socal minimalism”: “Authentic”, because we avoid using

One bad habit I’m trying to kick

One of the bad habits I’m prone to falling into is failing to grow my network of capital providers. For any given deal, if we’re not deploying a discretionary fund, it’s easiest to reach out to the 3-4 families with whom we do the most business and get one of them to write the check.

Why we’re sticking to our knitting

Regularly get asked the following questions: Are you planning to venture out to other cities? Start doing other product types (office, retail, etc.)? The answer to both is that I would love to branch out. Aside from the intellectual stimulation that comes from learning new things, expanding the pool of potential projects would allow us

Some advice for new graduates

Recently, have found myself giving advice to some recent college graduates beginning their careers in business. Figured I’d share here, since plenty of my readers are in the early stages of their careers and this is the advice I wish someone had given me. As always, my advice is worth what you’re paying for it.

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