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Why we don’t sell

Pretty much every time I speak with a broker who is pitching me a deal to buy, she asks me if I intend to flip the deal when I’m done renovating. The reason for the question is obvious: There’s kind of a custom where, if a broker gets you a deal, you’re expected to hire

Why people pay high prices

Had someone yesterday email me asking why I think people are paying insane prices for Los Angeles apartment buildings. By insane, I mean 15-19x annual rents. At those prices, there’s basically no cashflow; in fact, at the upper end of the range, it’s likely you’ll pay to own the asset each month (instead of the

Adaptive to Craigslist: Take our money, please

You’ll rarely hear us asking a company to take our money. But we’re doing it today. As you probably know, we’ve been hit by a rash of scammers posting fake Adaptive ads, hoping to steal money from naive potential renters. This scam works because the cost of customer acquisition is basically nil. All the crooks need to

Beware fake Adaptive ads on Craigslist

Recently, we’ve had a little burst of scammers copying our rental ads and using them to rip people off. I suppose on some level, this is flattering… they probably feel like the pics of our units will get people fired up enough to wire money to Nigeria or where-ever the hell the scammer live. But I’m

Dealing with tenant mental health issues

In light of the UCLA shootings, thought I’d spend some time today writing about an under-appreciated problem in property management: Dealing with tenants with mental health issues. If you supply rental housing in Los Angeles, your tenant base will skew towards people in their 20s and 30s. Unfortunately, the mid 20s is usually the time in

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