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What is the difference between “price” and “value”?

Answered this question on Quora yesterday and thought it would be interesting to re-post here: The key to understanding “value” is to separate it from “price”. “Price” is the amount of a given currency at which a buyer is willing to buy or a seller is willing to sell (sometimes, those numbers overlap, in which

Getting sick of crime again

In theory, I am a fan of reducing the number of people in prison. In practice, I am getting pretty sick and tired of having tenants’ cars and mailboxes broken into. These are not crimes of impulse, like seeing a nice bike unlocked and riding away on it. If you break a car window or

There are no bad assets

I love Quora, the question and answer site. But, multiple times per day, people post questions like “Is buying an apartment building a good investment?” or “Should I buy stock?” or whatever. These are dumb questions, because whether an asset is good to buy is 100% determined by the price. For example: Imagine a run-down buildingon a

Thinking about the next recession

One of the key insights in Howard Mark’s book, The Most Important Thing, which I love, is that you can’t predict a recession with any certainty. All you can do is (i) know that the pendulum always swings back; and (ii) observe where the pendulum is currently. It’s pretty clear that the pendulum is currently

The forecast on our latest deal

As the economy has continued to improve, both nationally and here in LA, it has become harder and harder to find deals worth doing. That said, it’s definitely not impossible. Today, we are closing on a deal with the following characteristics: Currently a vacant triplex Paying $220 / sq ft Suitable for conversion into a

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