We just closed on the refinancing of an 11 unit apartment building. We bought the building two years ago for $2.65MM, then spent another $900k renovating it, bringing the total investment to ~$3.55MM. Our net loan proceeds on the refi are $3.54MM and we’ve accumulated ~$250k in cash from operations since lease-up. So, today we’re
Two days ago, I wrote about how hot the apartment market has got and promised to talk about how we, and others, are navigating it. Yesterday, I discussed a tactic that kind of works right now, though we can’t use it. Today I want to talk about another way to approach this hot market: By
Yesterday, I noted that pricing for apartment buildings in LA has become detached from the underlying cashflows the buildings can generate. But some deals are still getting done at (semi-)reasonable prices and I want to discuss how, and why it’s a problem for me. Right now, listing brokers and sellers are pricing properties very aggressively.
The math underlying the apartment repositioning business is simple: It comes down to the relationship between the price at which we can buy buildings and the rent we can achieve for renovated units. Because we started doing this pretty much at the bottom of the last recession, for our entire career, both prices and rents
Have been wrestling with the question of whether or not to continue blogging. The downside is obvious: We have tons of copycats / competitors who read this site to glean information about where we buy, how we renovate, etc. The more competitors, the more prices for deals are bid up, and the fewer deals make