February 22, 2012 |
On Wednesday night, debate viewers will see the now-familiar four: Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. Some of those watching, though, will still be dreaming of Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan or Mitch Daniels. As Romney's campaign has faltered and his candidacy has lost the aura of inevitability, there has been as much talk about the possibility of a white knight candidate making a late entry into the race as there is about one of the remaining three candidates emerging as the Republican nominee.
February 5, 2012 |
When it comes to lawsuits, real estate agents and brokers tangle mostly among themselves. But a good number of cases are brought by disgruntled buyers or sellers. To be fair, the vast majority of real estate deals go off without a hitch, or at least without problems that leave buyers or sellers feeling so wronged that they are willing to spend the time and money to take someone to court. If the latest edition of "Legal Scan" tells us anything, it is that a handful of agents and brokers and their clients either don't know the law or don't care to follow it. "Legal Scan" is a biennial research report by the National Assn.
December 7, 2011 |
Prominent Los Angeles property brokerage Ramsey-Shilling Commercial Real Estate Services Inc. has been bought by Avison Young, Canada's largest independent commercial real estate services company. Avison Young plans to acquire more Southern California brokerages and other real estate companies in the U.S. in the months ahead, Managing Director Neil Resnick said. Resnick, a broker formerly with Grubb & Ellis, opened Avison Young's first Los Angeles office in August. The acquisition of Ramsey-Shilling for an undisclosed amount added 23 employees, including 18 brokers, to Avison Young.
December 1, 2011 |
Europe's worsening debt crisis has been a source of mounting fear and frustration for U.S. government officials and the biggest single threat to the struggling American economic recovery. On Wednesday, policymakers found an opening to act, with the Federal Reserve coordinating a move by six central banks to give European lenders cheaper access to dollars. The effort, designed to quell fears of a credit squeeze, triggered a huge rally in global stock markets, with the Dow gaining 490.05 points, the biggest one-day advance since March 2009.
November 13, 2011 |
Syrian President Bashar Assad finds himself in an unenviable position reminiscent of the late Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi's: an autocrat who may fall victim to the shifting geopolitical landscape in an "Arab Spring" that is reshaping the balance of power in the Middle East. Once a wellspring of Arab pride and nationalism, Syria is confronting the changing dynamics of the region as old alliances fade and new brokers emerge, most notably the tiny emirate of Qatar, which in recent years has boldly challenged traditional powers with a clever mix of wealth and populism through its Al Jazeera network.
November 5, 2011 |
Government troops opened fire Friday on demonstrators across Syria, opposition activists said, killing at least 20 people and raising new questions about the viability of an Arab League-brokered peace accord designed to end the almost 8-month-old conflict. The opposition called the attacks a violation of the fragile pact that Syria and other Arab nations signed Wednesday in Cairo. "The Syrian regime breaks its promises," proclaimed banners held aloft by protesters in the northwestern province of Idlib and seen on amateur videos broadcast by Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab satellite TV network.
November 3, 2011 |
Opposition activists said Syrian authorities showed no signs Thursday of stopping their attacks against civilians, despite a new pact brokered by Arab nations designed to end the bloodshed. At least 25 people were killed nationwide, 22 in the tinderbox city of Homs, according to the Local Coordination Committees, an umbrella group demanding the ouster of President Bashar Assad. Opposition groups reported that tanks with mounted machine guns opened fire in the central Syrian city, part of what the groups called a nationwide pattern of renewed attacks.
October 30, 2011 |
The day after a series of Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli airstrikes killed nine militants in the Gaza Strip and an Israeli civilian in southern Israel, strikes Sunday appeared to thin out, though tensions remained high. After an early-morning barrage was launched at southern Israel on Sunday, Islamic Jihad announced it would accept an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire and hold its rocket fire while reserving the right to respond to any attacks from Israel. "There is no cease-fire," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, adding that Israel's army would continue to carry out strikes to protect residents in the south from rocket attacks.
August 31, 2011 |
Wedbush Inc. and one of the company's former brokers have been ordered to pay a Southern California investor nearly $2.9 million after an arbitration panel found that the broker looted the customer's account. The investor alleged that Debbie Saleh, a Wedbush broker from 2004 to 2009, bought and sold annuities without the client's consent, a process known as churning, that generated huge commissions for her but drained his account. The three-person arbitration panel concluded that Saleh lied to the investor, Rick Cooper, about the value of his investments, sent him false monthly statements and forged his signature on important documents.