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Growth and land-use

Love this article in today’s NY Times. For the lazy: The article makes the case that America doesn’t have boomtowns anymore, because the cities with the most economic opportunity have put in place land0use restrictions that keep housing prices very high, blocking new workers from coming in. Now, as a developer with a growing property

A difference between brokers and principals

Got a phone call today from a great pair of brokers with whom I have long-standing, mutually-profitable relationships. They were calling to congratulate me on closing our most recent deal. On the call, I told them again how much I appreciate their continued help (particularly on this deal, which got a little hairy). But also

The broken refinancing process

We’re currently in the process of refinancing three properties, with another due to begin shortly. Think we will end up refinancing another 8-10 during 2018. Over time, as our portfolio grows, I expect we’ll be rolling refis constantly. And, I have to tell you: The prospect terrifies me. The financing process is broken. It’s totally

Small-scale, in-fill development blues

Everyone should read this article in today’s NY Times, which goes into great depth about the problems associated with in-fill development in coastal CA. My experience with the ground-up deal we just completed was similar. No lawsuits, but it did take nearly a year to get permits to add four units to an existing duplex,

My on-going pain in the ass

In general, I find managing apartments to be the most painful thing we do. No one calls up his landlord to thank her when everything is great in the apartment. But when something goes wrong, it’s like you just killed the person’s dog. So, why do we continue to manage, rather than outsourcing? Well, the

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