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A really interest personal essay on gang life

Regular readers know that criminality, in general, and gangs, in particular, are major interests of mine. It’s kind of unavoidable, when you manage buildings in gentrifying neighborhoods. If, like me, you’re interested in why people join gangs and how gang life has changed in LA over time, take a look at this personal essay in

Reminder about why I write this

Pretty much every day, I’m confronted by the following question: How much is too much to share on the blog? The reasons for not sharing are pretty obvious: We have tons of competitors, many of whom read this blog and (try to) copy what we do. Within reason, I don’t mind this… it’s a free

4424 Burns is done

Yet another renovation project. This one is walking distance to Virgil Village / Sunset Junction. The building is a mix of 3 bed / 2 bath and 1 bed / 1 bath units. The 3/2s, pictured below, are really impressive. I think they’re the best 3 beds we’ve ever done… great ceiling height, great windows, all the

Thinking about the components of value

Lately, have been thinking about what we mean when we say, for example, that we’re earning a 7% unlevered return on a property. The math is pretty obvious: Say we invest $2MM in a property between acquisition and renovation (assume this is cash and that there is no mortgage). If we generate $140k / year

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