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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

Forget about high paying jobs

I’m a closet Redditor (guess I’m out of the closet now, huh?). And today I saw a popular piece on there titled something like “The 10 Highest Paying Jobs”. I get why people are interested in a piece like that, but they’re totally, utterly crazy. Why? With a few exceptions (almost all of which are in

The importance of a great insurance broker

Want to get into the business of repositioning apartment buildings? You’re going to spend a ton of time working with insurance brokers. Why? Well, consider what happens when you buy a building: You need a standard policy for the period between closing on the building and the beginning of construction; Then, you need a construction

Letting a pitch go by

When someone joins Adaptive, one of the things I tell her is that she should not worry too much about making a mistake. The reasons are that (i) we can fix pretty much any mistake, so long as we know about it*; and (ii) Jon and I make bigger mistakes than any of our employees

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