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Uh-oh… they’re baaaa-aaaccckkkk

We’ve now reached the point in the cycle where brokers describe their over-priced apartment deals as “condo conversion opportunities”. Why would a broker do this?¬†Well, if your client demands a price so high that no buyer could actually achieve any kind of yield on their investment, you don’t really have many options. But, in all

The replacement cost barrier

As we seek to deploy our current pool of capital at a time of generally high prices, we are running up against the issue of replacement cost. Here’s the problem: As a repositioner, you don’t really want to be in the position of spending more to buy and renovate a building than it would cost

Is it too late to buy?

A lot of people are wondering whether it’s already too late in the cycle to buy. After all, prices have bounced back up off the floor of 2009-10. For context: I sold a bunch of totally renovated buildings in 2011-12 for 10-10.5x the rents. I would get 11x all day right now, and possibly more.

Are you an investor or a speculator?

Market prices are up across the entire city. Where you could once buy stuff for 10x GRM, almost everything is now 12x+. If you’re looking at deals now, it’s important not to get caught up in thinking about buildings relative to each other. At any time, I can tell you what the best thing to

Right now, you need soft eyes

There are no perfect deals right now. Think about it: People don’t generally sell perfect buildings where everything is going great. They definitely don’t right now, when the alternative to owning the building is to hold the money in their money-market account earning 0.25%. Does that mean you shouldn’t buy anything? No. There are definitely

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