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Classic bad advice at a broker conference

Spent most of the day yesterday at the annual Marcus & Millichap LA apartment conference. As part of an on-stage interview, one broker (I won’t say which one) was asked what he sees happening over the next year. He went into a whole rap about how “it’s a good time to sell, there is capital

Are we headed into a buying opportunity?

In light of the news coming out of the bond market recently, I have been thinking about how the numbers behind our deals will change in the event of a recession. Obviously, the ideal scenario for us would be: Interest rates decrease; Rents stay the same or continue to rise; and Prices for assets decrease.

An obvious way to quickly add lots of housing to LA

Los Angeles is in the midst of an un-precedented housing shortage. All over the city, there are vacant, obsolete commercial buildings. City law prevents these buildings from being easily re-purposed for residential use, due mostly to parking and set-back requirements. Yet the city waived these requirements for re-purposing of obsolete commercial buildings in specific Adaptive

Learning, some more, from Buffett

Am in the process of going through Carol Loomis’ Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything 1966-2013, which is spectacular. Have taken away two nuggets which are relevant to our business, one great and one not-so-great. The first comes in the form of a comment Buffett made to a bunch of MBA students,

What I learned at adult nerd camp

Last week, a fellow investing geek and I journeyed to Columbia, MO to take part in the inaugural Capital Camp, a three day meeting of vaguely weird people like us. Aside from various tornado-related travel snafus, the trip was excellent. It turns out there is a small but vibrant community of finance geeks, mainly to

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