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Some lessons from Skyscraper Dreams

Finally finished Skyscraper Dreams over the weekend. Lessons learned: It’s best to start a real estate business when it’s possible to leg into 20% caps (this is now impossible); Ideally, you would build your 20% caps in a city destined to become the world’s financial capital, so that you would also benefit from massive land

4443 Willow Brook is for sale (again)

Don’t get excited. I’m not breaking my prohibition against selling any more properties. 4443 Willow Brook is a 10 unit complex Jon and I renovated in 2010-11 via our old entity, Better Dwellings. We sold it in 2012 for $2.1MM, which was around 10x the rent. Whoops. We made a bunch of money on the

How to handle weather-related construction delays

El Nino is finally here and we’re pretty well prepared, at least with respect to the existing portfolio. But, unsurprisingly, construction workers generally don’t love working in the rain. And that confronts us with an irritating dilemma. We can: Suck up the resulting construction delays; or Bonus the workers (either directly or via their employing

Skyscraper Dreams

I don’t write about books much on this blog, but I’m a major reader. And, because I’m a real estate nerd, a lot of the books are either about real estate itself or related fields (like private equity, corporate takeovers, etc.). Am reading one now that’s got a ton of interesting anecdotes and thought I’d pass

2015 Year in Review

Thought I’d take this opportunity to let you all know where we are as 2015 comes to a close and what we hope / expect for next year. During 2015: We acquired 11 buildings in which we have ownership stakes (and helped other groups acquire a whole bunch more); As I write this, we’re in the

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