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What you’re borrowing against when you buy a single family home

Was talking to someone about whether she should buy a house last night and it dawned on me: Most people, even really smart people, don’t understand what they’re doing when they buy a house with a mortgage. Most people think, when they get a mortgage on a home, that they’re borrowing against the home. Wrong.

From the local government desk, Franz Kafka reporting

Thought I’d relate a story today about the insanity of local government. We recently purchased a building which we intend to totally renovate. Due to the age of the building, the number of people who live there and lack of attention by the previous owner, there is a vermin problem in the building. The county

Why we haven’t done commercial deals

“So, why don’t you guys do commercial deals?” I get asked that question a lot, so I figured I’d answer it here. The first thing to say is that we absolutely would do a commercial deal given the right balance between risk and reward (and investors who wanted to follow us into it). But I

Some thoughts on high-end home flipping

Have spoken with a bunch of people over the past few days who are involved in high-end home flipping. This isn’t the kind of stuff that was going on in 2009-2012, where you could buy a foreclosed single family in say, Highland Park, for $400k, dump $50k into it, and sell for $550k. Those deals

Do single family home rentals work in LA in 2015?

One of our clients asked an interesting question yesterday that I think worthy of some discussion here: “Has Adaptive done any single family home deals where the rental numbers would work out to at least cover PITI after fixing up the property?” In other words, can you buy a single family home as a rental

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