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Learning from Larry

On Thursday, Larry R., one of the Kagansblog regulars, taught me a ton about South LA real estate. Larry’s an LA native who grew up on 111th St, which is a hell of a lot farther south than I’ve been in the city (besides going to the airport). Because he grew up down there and because

Who to bring with you to an inspection

Once you get a property under contract, the clock starts on your physical inspection period (also called the “due diligence” or “contingency” period). This is the period, usually 10-14 days, during which you check the physical condition of the property. But most buyers aren’t experts in looking at all of the systems (foundation, roof, electric,

Frank McCourt did nothing wrong

Think of the Dodgers like an investment property. McCourt bought the property in 2004 from a bad owner (Fox) and dramatically increased the revenue. As revenue increased, the value of the property increased (cash-generative assets are valued at some multiple of the cashflow they generate; increase the cash, increase the value). The increase in value

Avoid problems with the Los Angeles Housing Department

Pro tip: You don’t want to buy a building, only to find yourself in the middle of a war with the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD). Under the standard California real estate sale contract between seller and buyer, the seller has a duty to disclose any on-going issues that may effect the value of the

How leverage (debt) magnifies outcomes

You heard me say in numerous pieces that leverage (debt) magnifies outcomes. What do I mean by that? Well, let’s examine two identical fourplexes with different capitalization structures. First, here are the operating details: Acquired for $600,000 Annual rents of $60,000 Assume costs of 35% or $21,000 Annual Net operating income (rents minus expenses but

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