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How to become a deal gal (or guy)

Was talking over the weekend to a friend of mine about a deal he’s doing with a partner. His partner pulled a pretty impressive negotiating jui-jitsu move on a counter-party of theirs, one that neither my friend nor I would have even considered, let alone attempted.* My friend explained that his partner is not really

Some thoughts on windows (zzzzz….)

Today, I want to talk about windows. Still here? Good. Windows are a controversial part of the repositioning process. Replacing them is pretty expensive (on the order to $400-500 / window) and, while new windows open / close easily and look nice, no one ever rented an apartment because of the windows. Still, we intend

Some indications that ride sharing may be reducing car ownership

BL, a reader of this blog, sent me an interesting article yesterday about the interaction between Uber/Lyft use and car ownership. Regular readers know I regard ride sharing as a major force that will re-shape the nature of in-fill real estate development. If you’re just joining us: As the price of ride sharing falls (which

A tough loss

Just lost out on a deal that I wanted to do, despite being the highest bidder. So, how did I lose? Well, this was a development deal. And the land was super-hilly. So I wanted to have five days to get a geologist, an engineer and an architect out to take a look at the site

The rebirth of rooming houses?

Today’s Wall Street Journal has an interesting article [subscription required] on the re-birth of boarding houses [h/t to Manoj]. Back around the turn of the 20th century, as immigrants flooded into major cities, developers built rooming houses where you could rent very small accommodations, often with share bathrooms. Eventually, zoning codes halted the construction of this

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