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Why we no longer announce acquisitions

Was browsing the LinkedIn newsfeed yesterday and came across a video a guy had posted of his latest acquisition, which included the name of the neighborhood in which it is located. The video had a ton of likes and comments (mostly from brokers) and I admit to feeling a bit jealous. (Side note: If you

Why construction costs are so high

Was at a panel discussion on development recently and rising construction costs came up. Everyone wants to know why it costs like 30% more to build a building than it did two years ago. There are lots of theories, including: All the sub-contractors retired in 2008 Lots of laborers went back to their home countries

SROs: A new, old idea

I read a TON about business, in general, and real estate, in particular. So it’s fairly rare for me to come across an idea that’s genuinely new to me. But I came across one last night, during a conversation with a much more experienced owner-operator, that I’d like to share. We were discussing the housing

Why we don’t get capital from investment bankers

Had a nice-but-unhelpful call with a real estate investment banker yesterday and thought the conversation would make for a good blog post. First: What’s a real estate investment banker? That’s a fancy name for a person or company that connects operators (like us!) with debt and equity. Generally, “investment banker” is used to distinguish the

(Re)tenanting a vacant building

Regular readers know that we’ve renovated and re-tenanted something like 80 buildings over the past ten years. If you haven’t done this kind of thing before, you have no idea how complicated it is and how much can go wrong. Over 80 buildings, we have made every kind of mistake you can think of. We’ve

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