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What you could learn from a wild-catter

Recently, I’ve found myself repeating the same piece of advice over and over, so I’m going to share it here. The context is as follows: Someone comes to me for help in optimizing her real estate business. He wants to figure out how to generate more revenue per deal or how to do more deals in

How big property management companies improve the world

As our management company grows, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how we affect the communities in which we work. Obviously, property management companies don’t have great reputations. Most people would probably prefer to rent from a nice, local mom-and-pop type who might occasionally forget to raise the rent, instead of a faceless corporation

A dumb piece about Detroit

From time to time, I check in at Gawker, where the editors have recently taken to publishing anti-gentrification screeds. Yesterday’s piece about Detroit is a classic, a model of the art. Peter Moskowitz, the author, spends a bunch of time criticizing Detroit for allocating its scarce resources to the downtown area at the expense of the

Welcome to the week of short posts

We got a deal that I think I really like over the weekend. However, the diligence period is only three days. There’s an unbelievable amount to cover in these three days: Physical inspections Reviewing leases, estoppels, rent roll, etc. Reviewing the permit records Compiling a construction budget for the rehab Confirming our pro forma rents

Thinking about my future

Have been doing some thinking lately about what my career is likely to look like when it’s all said and done. There are several way I can see it going, from continuing to do pretty much what we’re doing now, through building large apartment buildings all over the country. The common denominator in all of

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