Category Archives for "Real Estate"

Dec 12

Inspections and due diligence

By Bruce Firestone | Real Estate

When you buy property, there is a long list of due diligence you need to do not least of which is to figure out what your ROI/cap rate/IRR are (via spreadsheet) and what types of animations (revenue enhancing renovations/additions) you can usefully add. It’s all part of establishing what the HABU (highest and best use) […]

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Dec 05

Housing shortage

By Bruce Firestone | Real Estate , Tiny Homes

[How to really address unaffordability in housing] Newsflash Human beings living in LA, San Francisco, London, Vancouver, Boston, Portland, Sydney, Seattle, Toronto, and many other places where home prices are surging have forgotten how to build homes and apartments. They’ve lost their hammers and saws. They are short of nails and screws. It’s a national, […]

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Nov 15

Tiny Homes Torpedoed

By Bruce Firestone | Investing , Real Estate , Tiny Homes

As expected, NIMBY (not in my backyard), BANANAS (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything or Anyone) and CAVE (citizens against virtually everything) people are torpedoing tiny home subdivisions as this AP article by Scott McFetridge makes abundantly clear.   Tiny houses are trendy – unless they go up next door.

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Nov 09

Pushcart sellers in LA

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Investing , Real Estate

If you read this LA Times article carefully (, you will note that Los Angeles city councilors are about to allow pushcart sellers to become legal for the 1st time except not in certain areas. Which areas are excluded?  …they would be banned from doing business within five feet of driveways, bus benches, fire hydrants, […]

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