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What we’re doing today

Apologies for the lack of a post yesterday and for the short one today. Jon and I are headed out of town to take a look at a deal we might buy. Will I tell you where we’re going? No. Suffice it to say that, when we see a deal for $100/sq ft in an

Why developers prefer to build luxury apartments

Here’s a question that’s been popping up all over the place: Why do developers only build apartments for the rich? The answer, as with most things in our business, is in the math. Imagine you can buy enough land to build 10 units for $1MM, or $100,000 per unit. Let’s say you have two options:

Some things to consider BEFORE buying a condo

Buying a condo is about 1000x easier than buying an apartment building. Among the things you don’t have to worry about are: foundation, roof, rent control tenants, environmental issues, etc. But there are still some pretty important things to consider, things about which the vast (and I mean VAST) majority of agents know nothing. 1.

Should I buy a condo as an investment?

Had two conversations with people interested in buying condos for investment purposes yesterday, so figured I’d repeat what I told them here. The first thing to understand about buying condos (and single family homes) in Los Angeles right now is that doing so is not really an investment. Why? Because prices are so high relative

Speaking at the Southern California Apartment Summit next week

Just agreed to join a panel at the Southern California Apartment Summit taking place in Irvine on Thursday, December 17. Here’s a link to the conference website. My panel will be about the state of the “middle market”, eg non-institutional scale properties. Think this panel and, indeed, the whole conference, will be of interest to readers

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