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What can go wrong with an apartment building

Anyone who tells you that any investment is risk free is full of ish. People thought government bonds in Europe were risk free and look where that got them. In order to make sure you don’t think I am full of ish, here’s a list of the things I can imagine going wrong with an

Get a slave for $250,000 down

Dear old grandma just died and left you $250,000 tax free. You should take it and buy yourself a slave. No, really. An apartment building is kind of like a slave. It works for you all year without complaining. Sure, it takes up a bit of time now and then. But at the end of

Why Westlake Won’t Gentrify

Westlake won’t gentrify for three reasons: the housing stock, the density of apartments and rent control. Regarding the housing stock: Westlake is comprised mostly of apartment buildings built around 1920. Some 1920’s buildings are nice, with great lay-outs, beautiful details, and, in some case, parking. The buildings in MacArthur Park are not those kinds of

The Time I Tried to Give Mr. X $5,000 and He Refused

My voice was quivering when I made my final plea: “Please, Mr. X, just take the $5,000 and move out before the sheriff gets here.” The guy refused. He and his wife stayed right up until the sheriff arrived to lock him out of the apartment. I had to appreciate the pride he carried within

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