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Why the Fed’s growth forecast matters

If you follow macro-economic news, today was a big day. In addition to raising short-term interest rates, the Federal Reserve bumped up its estimate for economic growth in 2018, from 2.1% to 2.5%. The question for LA landlords is whether this increased growth rate will result in additional jobs / wage growth. Why should landlords

My on-going pain in the ass

In general, I find managing apartments to be the most painful thing we do. No one calls up his landlord to thank her when everything is great in the apartment. But when something goes wrong, it’s like you just killed the person’s dog. So, why do we continue to manage, rather than outsourcing? Well, the

Getting sick of crime again

In theory, I am a fan of reducing the number of people in prison. In practice, I am getting pretty sick and tired of having tenants’ cars and mailboxes broken into. These are not crimes of impulse, like seeing a nice bike unlocked and riding away on it. If you break a car window or

Why we love (our) property management business

A lot of people in real estate HATE residential property management. Why? Tenants understandably get pretty upset when they’re paying good money for an apartment and things break. And, on the flip side, no one calls up her landlord when things are going great and says “Hey! Thanks for my apartment! It’s wonderful!” So the business

Dealing with tenant mental health issues

In light of the UCLA shootings, thought I’d spend some time today writing about an under-appreciated problem in property management: Dealing with tenants with mental health issues. If you supply rental housing in Los Angeles, your tenant base will skew towards people in their 20s and 30s. Unfortunately, the mid 20s is usually the time in

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