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Mixed feelings about a house for my folks

Am inspecting a house for my parents today in Silver Lake. It’s a very odd feeling to see them paying $1MM for a house which they could easily have bought for $700-800k just a few years ago. Obviously, my deal-doer alarms are ringing, particularly because this is a single family house where, if they rented it

A short appreciation of America

The day after July 4th, want to take the opportunity to express my appreciation for this country. I was born here. But many in my family were not. In fact, a whole bunch of my family members had the misfortune of being born Jews in Eastern Europe in the early 20th Century. Most of them

A nice win for Adaptive Realty Fund 3

Just completed the refinancing of the first of two properties in Adaptive Realty Fund 3, a pool of $2.41MM we raised approximately 18 months ago. We were all in on this building for ~$2.3MM, of which $800k was a bridge loan and the rest was cash. Because we’re good at what we do, the property

Why I won’t use Lawyer’s Title again

When you’re in a commodity business like supplying title insurance in Los Angeles, you have a strong incentive to provide really great customer service, because, otherwise, how can you distinguish your company from all the other companies providing exactly the same coverage at pretty much the same price? So it’s been pretty frustrating this morning

Brexit is making Mr. Market nuts

Am not a huge stock market guy by any means. The vast majority (I mean, vast – like 98% or something) of my personal net worth is in LA real estate. Still, I am interested in the public equity markets because they’re fascinating. And today’s Brexit-related market gyrations put me in mind of Benjamin Graham’s famous

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