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Businesses to avoid: Remote, single-family home rentals

Was just reminded by a Curbed article about a mind-bogglingly stupid trend in real estate investment and figured I’d share why I think it’s so dumb. Here’s the deal: Many people working in big, coastal cities feel locked out of the property market, both for owner-occupancy and also for investment Online platforms have sprung up

Our internship program paid off handsomely

During this past summer, we had two interns from Princeton (where I got by BA) come and work with us for a month each. We created the (paid!) intern program mostly because neither Jon nor I knew that real estate private equity existed when we were in college, and we wanted to give some motivated

And… I’m back

Going to try to get back to writing, both because it brings new people into our world and also because it helps me clarify my thinking. Figured I’d start with an update on Adaptive. Long-time followers of our company know that we started Adaptive in 2012 with one employee, $0 in assets under management, and

The deals I’m proudest of

People often ask me where I get my deals. More and more, we get them off-market, from agents with whom we have pre-existing relationships. But those aren’t the deals I’m proudest of. After all, it doesn’t take a genius to decide to buy a building for $235 / sq ft when it would cost $350

What I’ve learned about hiring and team building

Of all the things we do at Adaptive, the least glamorous, but possibly most important, is hiring and building team culture. In building our team, we confront a set of annoying problems: We are not exactly curing cancer here at Adaptive. Very, very few people grow up excited about the idea of renovating and managing

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