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Fully-upgraded units with significant upside potential

“Fully-upgraded units with significant upside potential” You’d be amazed at how often I read those words, or something like them, in broker packages. And it still drives me crazy. You’re telling me someone went to a ton of trouble to renovate all the units in an apartment building and then, when it came to lease-up,

Real estate lacks network effects, and I’m ok with it

Am reading a biography of Lew Wasserman, one of the most powerful people in the history of Hollywood, and it’s giving me plenty to think about. Lew took over MCA, the first real powerhouse talent agency, from Jules Stein, its founder. Stein started MCA representing bands that played at dancehalls (this is way back, in

Teaching an old(er) dog a new trick

We just agreed to buy a new property, with the intent of executing a business model which is different from what we have done before. It’s not too far afield from what we have done before, so we have pretty much all of the relevant skills, relationships, etc. in house. But underwriting the opportunity has

An annoying new trend in apartment building listings

Apologies for the slow posting – have a lot going on right now. Wanted to highlight a ridiculous trend I’ve noticed recently in listings for apartment buildings. (Don’t want to offend anyone, so not going to name anyone in particular.) The trend is that brokers try to convince me to buy a property by noting

Where to find opportunities to cut construction costs

Have been spending some time reading about buying companies. One piece of advice is to buy suppliers that supply customers with a product or service which represents a small piece of the customers’ own business, but for which quality is crucial. For example, find a pipe-threading company that cuts pipe threads for oil and gas

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