February 23, 2014 |
House-hunters can find homes on their own. So can renters who are not quite ready to take the leap into homeownership. But do you really want to go it alone? Why not let an agent do the legwork for you? Hiring an agent to help with your search for a rental apartment may be a big-city phenomenon, especially in places like Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. But real estate agents everywhere can help renters find suitable accommodations just as they help buyers find houses. And perhaps more importantly, they can make the search much easier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2014 |
A Los Angeles City Council member wants to allow owners who seismically retrofit apartment buildings to pass on the costs to tenants. Councilman Bernard C. Parks said he wants the city to explore exempting these apartment owners from the city's rent-control law as part of a larger effort by city officials to strengthen thousands of buildings vulnerable to collapse during a major earthquake. Under existing laws, only 50% of the cost of major apartment rehabilitation projects can be passed through to tenants, Parks said.
February 19, 2014 |
It was a good night for Lakers fans. Lots of venting. Dwight Howard was in town. He hadn't been back here for a game against the Lakers since he sinned against the 11th Commandment. Thou Shalt Not Leave the Lakers. He not only left, but says now that it was the right thing for him to do, that it just didn't work here. Maybe he meant that he and Kobe didn't work here. Who knows? He is a member of the Houston Rockets, who came to town with a 36-17 record. The Dwight-less Lakers entered the game an almost mirror-opposite 18-35.
February 18, 2014 |
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: ESPN, TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 18-35, Rockets 36-17. Record vs. Rockets: 1-1. Update: The Lakers won in Houston, 99-98, on Steve Blake's last-second three-pointer in November but lost there last month, 113-99, with James Harden scoring 38 points for the Rockets. Harden and Dwight Howard represented the Rockets in last weekend's All-Star game, but small forward Chandler Parsons is quietly having a good season (17 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists a game)
February 15, 2014 |
SEATTLE - A backhoe, an apprentice plumber and a 20,000-year-old piece of ivory (give or take a few millenniums) have brought out Puget Sound's inner paleontologist. Last week a Columbian mammoth tusk was discovered in the foundation of an apartment building under construction in the South Lake Union neighborhood. On Friday, three days after the discovery, scientists carefully crated the 81/2 -foot-long fossil and sent it to a museum for study. In between, a steady stream of curious onlookers made their way to the giant hole across the street from an Amazon.com office building in hopes of getting a peek at the largest and most intact piece of prehistoric dentition ever discovered in Jet City.
January 30, 2014 |
A subsidiary of Lehman Bros. Holdings Inc. has sold the Serrano Apartment Homes in West Covina to BAG Investments of Bevelry Hills for $29.4 million. Built in 1959, the Serrano has nine two-story garden-style buildings housing 195 two-bedroom, one-bath units. The complex, which is on a nine-acre site at 1513 W. San Bernardino Road, also includes two pools, basketball courts, a picnic area and laundry facility. QUIZ: Test your knowledge of mortgages Lehman acquired the property in September 2012 through foreclosure proceedings, according to Andrew Kirsh, an attorney who helped represent Lehman in the transaction.