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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

What hustle can do for you

Further to my earlier post about the amount of opportunity available for Millennials who want to seize it… thought I’d share with you the experience of one of our leasing agents this weekend. Keep in mind this woman has a full-time job she works during the week. Instead of sitting around all weekend (like I

How to handle call-downs

Today I want to talk about a little-discussed area of money management: How to handle call-downs. First, what’s a call-down? In most real estate deals, the investors don’t send all their money for the whole deal on the day of closing. Instead, they agree to commit a specific total amount to the project and then leave

When to start lease-up on a rehabbed building?

Here’s a question we wrestle with all the time: When should lease-up begin? You’d think this would have an easy answer: When construction is done. But you’d be wrong. Usually, buildings are “showable” (eg look pretty close to complete) 2-4 weeks before the construction is actually done. And, after carrying the building with no cashflow

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