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Landmark Links August 22nd – Mortal Kombat

Lead Story… There is still plenty of time left but I think that it’s safe to say that Amazon is the lead business story of 2017.  Over the past few years, Apple has been the biggest business story out there as the world’s richest company continued the quest for domination through personal technology innovation.  However, […]

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Landmark Links August 18th – Refreshed

Back in the office after checking out for a couple of weeks…. I wasn’t sure what type of response to expect with my vacation blog post at the end of July.  However, it ended up being the most clicked-on blog post since Landmark Links started in 2015 which was a bit surprising.  As such, I […]

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Landmark Links July 28th – Gone Fishing

Lead Story… Today, I want to get away from talking about real estate and spend a bit of time writing about something that I haven’t done a great job of lately – work / life balance.    To start with, I’ve always been a bit of a workaholic and have a tough time getting away from […]

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Landmark Links July 25th – Full Speed Ahead

  Lead Story… It’s not much of a challenge to trace the genesis of much of California’s affordability crisis back to Prop 13.  Whether you love or hate the iconic ballot measure that resulted from a 1970s tax revolt, there is little doubt that it created a disincentive for residents to move which pushes a […]

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Landmark Links July 21st – Where is Everyone?

  Lead Story… I was talking with a client earlier this week about how long projects seem to be taking in the development world lately.  Across the board, we have found things moving a lot slower than they were just a couple of short years ago.  Lenders and capital partners are generally less aggressive than […]

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Landmark Links June 18th – Fake Out

  Lead Story… Since the end of the Great Recession, California’s cities have failed to produce anything close to the number of housing units needed to accommodate the state’s growing population.  The responses from cities has run the gamut from inaction at best and open hostility to new development at worst.  We are now dealing […]

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Landmark Links June 14 – Serious Modification Required

  Lead Story… In today’s economy, disruption seems to happen at an ever quickening pace.  However, as noted here previously, the real estate industry has been highly resistant to change.  Whether talking about Realtors and their 6% commissions or the construction industry’s lack of technological innovation, real estate has proven to be among the more difficult […]

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Landmark Links July 11th – Sitting This One Out

  Lead Story….  Landmark Links is back this week after a much needed break.  I spent the week before last at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) in San Diego and wanted to share a few observations.  PCBC is the premier residential home building and development conference on the west coast.  Attendance appeared to be […]

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Landmark Links July 4th – Happy Birthday America!

  No regular blog today because, lets face it, you (should) have far better things to do on the 4th of July than read this blog.  So, get out, have fun and be safe – and be sure to check out a bunch of weirdos devour a disgusting amount of hot dogs in a few short […]

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Landmark Links June 30th – Atonement

  Lead Story… I’ve been at PCBC in San Diego this week so my time to write has been somewhat limited. However, I wanted to take a few minutes to highlight a newly-discovered subscription resource that has been incredibly valuable for writing this blog. First off, I have a confession to make: I’ve been mooching […]

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