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New restrictions on Granny Flats in Los Angeles

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Daniel Ramirez | Flickr

 

California is facing a serious housing crisis and city officials are reforming laws to make it easier for secondary dwelling units, also known as ‘Granny Flats’, to be constructed and make illegal guest houses eligible for permitting. These secondary dwelling units can provide much more needed housing while providing homeowners with supplemental income. Read more

Housing For The Homeless

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In 2016, Los Angeles voters approved a $1.2 billion bond towards housing for the city’s growing homeless population. Now, the Los Angeles Department of City Planning has proposed new guidelines to make the construction for housing the homeless and formerly homeless residents faster. Read more

City Officials Make Plans to Reevaluate Parking Minimums

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Jaymantri | Pexels

As a multi-family and mixed use developer, getting the most units out of your project is your number one goal. Being able to fully maximize your space and increase income revenue is an important aspect to consider when developing your architectural plans. One of the sources of wasted space, especially for smaller developments, are parking minimums. Developers must now reserve space for parking cutting into potential unit space. Read more

Predicting the State of Real Estate in 2020

The Code Solution is pleased to feature another guest post from our friends at The Llenrock GroupThe following post was originally published on Llenrock Blog. 

With 2016 coming to an end, it’s time to start looking at what the future of real estate holds. Thankfully, PWC has done a lot of the work for us. In a recent report, PWC detailed what can be expected in the real estate market of 2020, with our own spin of course!

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Neighborhood Integrity Initiative And Proposition JJJ Will Do More Harm Than Good If They Pass

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It’s a two sided debate that continues to spark conversations and protests surrounding development in Los Angeles and its effect on rental costs, affordable housing, LA’s planning process, construction wages, and the like.

These are all important issues to tackle. However, opponents to these anti-development ballots have voiced concerns that they are not going to solve the issues proponents have set out to address. In fact, many opponents argue that these ballots would actually make it harder to develop affordable housing, which is already harder than it was in the past.

Read on to learn more about the ballots and their proposed effects on real estate development.

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5 Benefits of Augmented Reality in Retail and Industrial CRE

The Code Solution is excited to showcase another guest post from our friends at The Llenrock GroupThe following post was originally published on Llenrock Blog. 

Since the recent Pokemon Go phenomenon, everyone has been writing about the relationship between augmented reality and commercial real estate. We were recently interviewed by CoStar News on how we see augmented reality helping (and hurting) various sectors of commercial real estate. Since I’m such a nerd about studying the multi-faceted relationship between technology, society, and the CRE industry, why not reclaim our expertise in a top 5 post?

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Should your next building be smart?

When I first heard about automated homes, also known as smart homes, the Disney movie Smart House immediately came to mind. For those of you who have seen the movie and all its cheesiness, you will remember that it was about a boy who programmed their smart home to be a surrogate mother, and it didn’t go so well.

After 17 years, the technology that didn’t go so well for the family in Smart House, is gaining increased popularity with homeowners, renters, real estate developers, and landlords too. For this reason, I am here to tell you why smart buildings are awesome, and not at all scary.

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Automated Parking Systems in Los Angeles

It’s Friday night and you’re driving around a crowded parking garage, hoping to get lucky and catch someone pulling out of a spot so you don’t have to drive around the structure three times, endlessly looking for an empty space. You finally find a spot that is hardly large enough to be considered a parking space, and you pray that the person next to you doesn’t leave a dent. You start to think it would have been a better idea to give in and pay for valet. We have all been there. Luckily, you no longer have to find yourself in this sort of situation ever again because automated parking facilities are here to save the day!

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Multifamily: A Rise in Rents and Micro Apartments

The Code Solution is excited to announce our first guest post from our friends at The Llenrock Group! The following post was originally published on Llenrock Blog. 

If you’ve heard anything about housing trends, you know that multi-family developments are on the rise. And the American dream seems like just that – a dream. More residents are renting rather than buying. There’s also been a huge influx of “micro” apartments. What does that mean for you? If you’re in the market to rent (or buy), you’ll want to read on!

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Our Interview With Noah Strouse of Historic Core BID

The Historic Core is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the City of Los Angeles. The community is made up of nearly 1:1 market rate and low-income housing. During the early 2000s, it was the epicenter of residential growth with the adaptive reuse ordinance, where previously abandoned or underutilized office and manufacturing was converted to housing. Along with the new units, under the 2005 Residential Hotel Ordinance, thousands of units of low income and permanent supportive housing were preserved.

The mission of the Historic Core Business Improvement District (HCBID) is to improve the quality of life of residents, property, and business owners in Downtown LA’s Historic Core through clean, safe, and enterprise programs. The HCBID is paid for by local tax assessments. Each contribution whether large or small helps keep the neighborhood cleaner and safer, helps local businesses grow and thrive, and supports the diverse neighborhood culture.

BID-Boundary-Map-2015-v01Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles

At the “core” of their ongoing efforts to improve the Historic Core of Los Angeles is Noah Strouse, Marketing & Service Coordinator for the Historic Core Business Improvement District. We had a chance to chat with Noah and discuss what is going on in the Historic Core, new developments they are excited about, and how the Historic Core BID is promoting responsible development within the neighborhood.

noah blair mayorNoah Strouse with HCBID’s Executive Director Blair Besten and Mayor Eric Garcetti

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