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  • When Leverage Does More Harm Than Good March 25, 2021
    We are increasingly looking at value property investments on an all-cash or very low loan-to-value basis in focusing on small to medium sized value-add apartment and commercial properties in the $2-25M million range. The mortgage rates in this size range are automatically higher because it is less cost-efficient/effective for mortgage lenders to make these loans […]
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  • Value-Add Deals in LA are Pricing in More Risk March 22, 2021
    We’re currently seeing lower returns for value-add opportunities, where we would be needing to take more risk, in comparison to higher returns for stabilized properties. This is due to there being so much demand for creating value in apartments in Los Angeles. Properties are getting priced to lower returns than finished, fully occupied and fully […]
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  • Broker Engagement for Leasing Vacancy March 18, 2021
    How to get brokers engaged with your empty commercial spaces: Depending on the size of the space and your ability to get people inside, host at your property several times a week. Have food from one of the nearby restaurants or coffee shops delivered and invite tenant rep brokers to walk through the space, in […]
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  • Helping Landlords to Lease Smaller Commercial Spaces March 15, 2021
    For landlords having a hard time leasing smaller commercial spaces as part of their larger properties here are a couple of things we recommend: Create your own internal leasing flyer with more information about the building – including floor plans, photos and links to video tours – and ways to position it for different types […]
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  • Advantages of Private vs Institutional Investing in Real Estate March 11, 2021
    One of the value propositions to private investors who we work with is that we’ve worked with institutional investors. We have the experience and processes to work on large-scale projects to bring into small-scale projects. Everything from acting as a fiduciary, running efficient management, doing very-high level accounting, strategic asset and property management and leasing. […]
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  • A Recent LA Story March 8, 2021
    During 1st Shelter-in-place order – A bookstore / fortune teller leased space and opened its first store at our building on Windward Ave in Venice Beach. For them it was a momentous opportunity to experiment their business in physical space, practice protocols to safely service customers and “create positive energy during difficult times” as they […]
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  • How Collaboration with Neighbors can save Retail Brick and Mortar February 25, 2021
    Normally in commercial real estate districts, especially in high street retail, there are multiple owners on a street competing for tenants. Covid has stripped down our competitive nature, at least temporarily, and opened a dialogue about how we can help each other get to the other side of the recovery. Reaching out to your neighbors […]
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  • Protecting Investors as Steward of Capital February 22, 2021
    As an emerging investment manager going into Q1 2020, we were in the process of building and scaling our assets under management or “AUM” with our next investment. This was a very unique event-driven opportunity where we had the opportunity to pre-lease a large vacant building to a blue chip office tenant in conjunction with […]
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  • COVID has Accelerated the Rationalization of Space Use February 18, 2021
    The pandemic has triggered a broad rationalization of how space is used for each property type. This is going to be a slow iterative process, not a quick solution. However, there are trends and ways to create flexibility within spaces to service this process of rationalization. Since Amazon purchased Whole Foods in 2017, retail has […]
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  • Resetting Landlord-Tenant Dynamics to Lease Commercial Space during COVID February 15, 2021
    Landlords and prospective office and retail tenants are advised to explore ways to reset and help each other grow over the next 1-2 year recovery. This will involve both parties to become “experimentation partners” to determine what works and what doesn’t work, toward achieving a stabilized rent payment stream. Here are three ways landlords can […]
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