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December 26, 2004 | Dana Parsons
Are you frustrated? Confused? Not sure who to trust? Do you feel inferior and unworthy of full membership in society? Do you wonder what all your hard work has accomplished and whether you're on the right track in life? Worst of all, are your personal failings so obvious to you that you recount them late at night as you're trying to fall asleep? If so, you've probably been house hunting in Orange County. Had pioneers confronted this market, the country never would have been settled.
September 29, 2012 | By Elena Krupp
One morning, about six months after I'd given birth to what became the best parting gift ever, my husband rolled over, looked at me and said, "I don't really want to do this anymore. " To my everlasting relief, before I could spew a tirade of "how dare yous," I heard myself sigh and say, "Me neither. " For ages after that exchange, I couldn't get over how life turned on a dime. What if he'd slept in that morning and I'd already started my day with the kids? Would he have rolled over, mumbled to himself, showered and stayed married?
October 6, 1985 | RUTH RYON, Times Staff Writer
Glenn Hightower would like to build a robot that sells for $10,000 and cleans baths, but for the moment, the 32-year-old inventor is marketing a high-tech system he created for people looking to buy and sell homes.
May 3, 2009 | Chip Jacobs
The confident smile Sam Rivero wore as he hunted for his first house had a lot to do with the buzz thumping in his ears. Ever since home values began sinking, pundits have touted the juicy opportunities for aspiring buyers priced out of the market before, and the young business-development executive heard that cue like a sonic boom.
When we sold our Silver Lake home late last year in just 30 days, my husband and I were thrilled. We finally had the cash to buy a bigger house for our growing family. We knew just where we wanted to live, too: a quiet, leafy neighborhood in northwest Glendale. It was close to Brand Park, lined with gracious Spanish houses and within walking distance of a quaint shopping district called Kenneth Village.
May 10, 1998
As a single person and a first-time home shopper, I had to spend a lot of time convincing myself that I could do this. After looking at my income, my budget and the tax advantages (not to mention the thought of having a place to call my own), I decided to go forward with my search. I started interviewing agents in August 1995 and closed on a home in December 1995. Here's the advice I would give: * Do your homework.
August 20, 2000
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December 7, 2008 | Don Lee and David Pierson, Lee and Pierson are Times staff writers.
Caravans of cash-rich Chinese in Hummers and Lincoln Navigators have been weaving through American neighborhoods in recent months, looking for foreclosures and other bargain properties to buy. With housing prices crashing in the U.S., home-buying trips to America are becoming one of the more popular tour group packages in China. New U.S.
March 2, 2008 | Ann Brenoff, Times Staff Writer
Where have all the home buyers gone? Apparently, they are perched on the edge of their chairs, eyes glued to real estate websites on their computer screens. As counterintuitive as it may seem, the audience for real estate websites is growing even though the housing market is slumping. Buyers may not be buying, but they haven't stopped window-shopping.
August 5, 2007 | Dian Hymer, Inman News
It's not uncommon for buyers to look for six months or more before finding the right house or condo to buy. Lucky are the buyers who find a great property that suits their needs soon after they start their search. But finding the right house earlier than expected can pose a problem for some buyers. Common concerns are: Have I looked long enough to understand the market and the range of options available? Could there be an even better listing on the market at a better price?
June 23, 2007 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
The Arnold in Ojai? California's governor is staying mum about it for now, but this artsy little town 90 miles north of Los Angeles in Ventura County is abuzz with talk that Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, are house hunting here. "I think we should welcome him with open arms, just like we do everybody," said Councilman Joe DeVito. Added Mayor Carol Smith: "If he likes horses and small towns, it's a swell place to live." Not everyone, however, was thrilled. "Ugh.
June 4, 2006 | Ramola Talwar Badam, Associated Press Writer
Never mind pets, smokers, or loud music at 2 a.m. House hunters in this city increasingly are being asked, "Do you eat meat?" If yes, the deal is off. As the city of 16 million becomes the cosmopolitan hub of a booming Indian economy, real estate is increasingly intersecting with cuisine. More middle-class Indians are moving in, more of them are vegetarian, and the law is on their side. "Some people are very strict.
December 11, 2005 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
Hot Property There's nothing like an infant to change new parents' plans. Witness Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. The actors, both 33, married in June and had intended to buy a new home together, but their child arrived Dec. 1, and house hunting was put on hold. Affleck moved into Garner's Brentwood residence and made a deal to sell his former Brentwood home for $5 million, with escrow to close this week. He had purchased it from singer Melissa Etheridge in January for $4 million.
May 29, 2005 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
Comedic actor-singer Jack Black, who just spent six months in New Zealand filming a remake of "King Kong," has purchased a home in the Beverly Hills area for more than its asking price of about $2.9 million. Black bought a house built in the 1950s that was recently redone by Darryl Wilson Design. The midcentury modern home has three bedrooms and three bathrooms in nearly 3,000 square feet. It's on slightly more than an acre of lushly landscaped grounds.
April 17, 2005 | Marty Graham, Special to The Times
Looking for a home to buy is sometimes more than a mere challenge. It can be an adventure that calls to mind Indiana Jones, with collapsing floors, charging animals, even gun-waving locals. Longtime Realtor Susan Dion, of Century 21 Arroyo Seco in Los Angeles, recalled the day several years ago when she was showing a house in Highland Park to a young family.
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