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Recourse vs. non-recourse

There is a major, major difference between recourse and non-recourse loans, as developers all over the country have found out to their distinct displeasure over the past few years. A recourse loan is a loan where one or more of the borrowers agrees to personally pay back the loan, regardless of what happens to the

Debt service coverage ratio explained

Time for some more boring real estate math. I guess this is the blogging equivalent of eating your broccoli. I’ll make it quick and painless, I hope… What is a debt service coverage ratio (DCSR)? It is the result of dividing the annual net operating income of a building by the total annual debt service

Why I write this blog

You might be wondering: Why does this guy spend so much time writing about apartment buildings? I think the financial crisis of the past few years has changed something fundamental about the relationship between young people and real estate, and I want to try to both explain that change, and help shape it and move

How you improve the neighborhood

Sometimes all you need to do to improve your neighborhood is to yell at a priest. My brother and I own a 16 unit building on Reno St (the one from this story) that’s across an alley from a new church, one of those Latin Pentacostal deals. The street itself isn’t the nicest one in

Silver Lake Income Properties In High Demand

We’ve just completed a review of the data for sales of 2-4 unit income properties in Silver Lake over the past six months. For more on the methodology, please see below. Meanwhile, here are the headline numbers: Median estimated gross rent multiple: 12.7x annual rents Median estimated CAP rate: 5.5% Median sale price as %

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