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What we talk about when we talk about appreciation

Have been doing some thinking about appreciation and how it affects our business. First, what is appreciation? It is the tendency, over time, of the price of real estate (in Los Angeles, anyway) to increase. A bit of clarification: Obviously, there is no guarantee that real estate will increase in price over any particular time

What to build in LA right now

Periodically, I’m asked to answer the following question: What part of the real estate business is most attractive for a new entrepreneur right now? So I think about this question a lot. And my answer right now is: Condos for old people. As I’ve said here before, I’m among the oldest Millennials. Therefore, I’m experiencing

363 S Leslie is fully leased

You may remember 363 S Leslie, a 4plex we recently completed in Highland Park. Here’s a pic to jog your memory: Am happy to report that leasing is done. Better yet: Our rents came in materially higher than we originally pro forma’d. So, instead of the 6.3% unlevered yield we expected out of the property, I

Attack of the zombie street dedications

All over the city, there are zombie street dedications increasing the cost of housing. Wait… what? (You say.) A street dedication is how the city responds to old, narrow streets that don’t meet modern standards. It can’t start ripping down peoples’ buildings and taking away their front yards (well, it could, but that would require

Some misguided thinking about rents in Highland Park

Just read this interview with the president of the Highland Park Neighborhood Council and it’s making me kind of mad. Before I get into “why”, I want to begin by acknowledging Ms. Alcaraz’s hard work on behalf of the whole neighborhood. Running a neighborhood council is no joke; it’s hard, important, often thankless work for