The FORT Podcast: Riaz Taplin – Founder of Riaz Capital – Do Well, Do Good – Developing a Billion Dollar Microliving Empire in the Bay Area
On this episode, Chris and Riaz discuss developing amazing projects in 30 months or less, how Riaz Capital builds units that are 28% more affordable than the competition. They deep dive on why design matters and why the Bay Area matters and will be a strong market for decades to come. Enjoy!
(04:10) – Riaz’s Background and Career
(12:24) – What is Microliving?
(15:12) – How are you able to build these developments in 30 months when other deals take 7 years?
(21:22) – Do you self-perform GC?
(24:24) – How does zoning work in your market?
(27:20) – Affordability Without Public Subsidizing
(28:19) – Riaz’s ‘Simple Build’ Model
(32:09) – Family households have dropped 69% to 29%, what does that mean for you?
(35:54) – What do these units look like inside?
(40:34) – Do tenants have to put a deposit down since the unit is pre-furnished?
(41:34) – How do people getting into the industry get furniture designed for units?
(42:43) – How do you design the layout of your units?
(46:35) – Are we headed into a world where everything is smaller and more efficient?
(50:39) – What are most people still getting wrong with apartment development?
(53:28) – What would you change immediately that would make housing more attainable at scale?
(56:10) – Why is the Bay Area still really important at a time when people are trying to write it off?
(1:00:52) – Raising Capital, Funds & Opportunity Zones
(1:11:33) – Wrap Up
The Fort is produced by Johnny Peterson & Straight Up Podcasts