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Unsolicited advice for owners of non-RSO buildings

Owners of non-rent stabilized apartment buildings in Los Angeles with rents below market (eg most of them) ought to be considering their options in light of the likely repeal of Costa-Hawkins. Two obvious courses of action: Sell now, while the market continues to (mistakenly, in my view) place a premium on non-RSO buildings; or Immediately

A good podcast

Have been spending my morning commute listening to a podcast I think you guys would love. It’s call The Private Equity Funcast. The hosts are two of the partners in a new private equity shop in Chicago called Parker Gale. They have a small (for private equity!) fund of about $200MM which they’re using to

Where our deals come from

Spent some time this morning looking back at all the deals we’ve done to see if I could learn anything about how we have historically sourced. Here are the numbers: Total deals done (as a buyer myself or as part of our fee-for-service business): 81 Of the total, number that were brokered: 74 Total number

The numbers are out of whack

Our business model allows us to generate yields which are consistently 200 basis points in excess of “market”. In other words, if any random ding dong can buy a 4% cap, then we can reliably create a 6% by doing what we do. But, right now, a 6% isn’t that great. Why? Well, interest rates

Some love for Scott Weiner

As a housing supplier, it is in my financial interest for the government to continue to block development of new housing at a scale commensurate with demand. However, as an American who loves cities, in general, and Los Angeles, in particular, I am strongly in favor of loosening restrictions on development. More housing equals lower

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