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My problem with WeWork

Have been doing some thinking about WeWork’s business model and I’m not impressed. In case you haven’t run into WeWork, it’s kind of the prototypical co-working company. They develop and manage nice, shared office spaces that individuals and small companies can rent on a week-to-week basis. The reason WeWork exists is that there is a mismatch between

Mixed feelings about a house for my folks

Am inspecting a house for my parents today in Silver Lake. It’s a very odd feeling to see them paying $1MM for a house which they could easily have bought for $700-800k just a few years ago. Obviously, my deal-doer alarms are ringing, particularly because this is a single family house where, if they rented it

Regulatory insanity

Sometimes people wonder why rent is so high in Los Angeles. Here’s a perfect example. We’re adding four units to a duplex we bought in Highland Park. Because LA has decided to go down the path of “low impact development”, this is what we’re confronted with (again, on a six unit project!): “First they have

When liquidity dries up for supposedly liquid funds

When people invest with us, I always warn them not to expect their money back at any particular time. Why? Because real estate is a fundamentally illiquid asset (eg it takes a long time to sell). As long as you’re not a forced seller, you’l probably do very well… but you can get killed if

A short appreciation of America

The day after July 4th, want to take the opportunity to express my appreciation for this country. I was born here. But many in my family were not. In fact, a whole bunch of my family members had the misfortune of being born Jews in Eastern Europe in the early 20th Century. Most of them

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