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REAL ESTATE
October 12, 1997
In the Sept. 21 "Real Estate Q&A" column, Robert J. Bruss ("It's Better to Transfer Listing Than to Cancel It") answered a letter writer who had not received promised open houses and advertising promised by the listing agent. The writer had four months to go on the listing. What should be done? Bruss suggested that canceling a listing even for a good reason causes hard feelings with the agent and therefore the writer should try to transfer the listing to another agent in the same office.
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BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Ashok Amritraj is in the midst of producing his own double feature of sorts - buying an estate in Bel-Air for $8.25 million and listing a house in the Encino/Sherman Oaks area for sale at $2,199,900. The Italian villa-style mansion he bought features a two-story entry, hand-carved wood details, four fireplaces, an elevator and a six-car garage. There are seven bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms and 11,500 square feet of living space. The more than half-acre site contains a swimming pool, a spa and lawn.
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REAL ESTATE
October 13, 1991 | ROBERT J. BRUSS
QUESTION: I sold my home. Agent A had my listing and agent B produced the buyer. But about two weeks before the close of the sale agent C claimed part of the sales commission. Agent C obtained a purchase offer which I rejected about two months ago. The same buyer then went to agent B who successfully negotiated a sale.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Danny Pudi, who stars on the show “Community,” has bought the Pasadena home of Olympic gold medalist swimmer Betsy Mitchell for $1.32 million. The 1925 house, near Caltech and the Huntington Library, retains original architectural details such as interior arches but has an updated kitchen and bathrooms. The living room, off the formal entry, has a barrel ceiling, red tile flooring and a fireplace. French doors in the formal dining and family rooms open to outdoor patio space.
HOME & GARDEN
August 2, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Soap star Katherine Kelly Lang and her husband, Alex D'Andrea, an entertainment industry veteran, have listed their Sherman Oaks home at $1,449,000. The traditional house, built in 1951, has a high ceiling in the first-floor family room, a 7-foot built-in wine rack, five bedrooms and three bathrooms. There is 3,410 square feet of living space. Designed for an active family, the backyard includes a spot to shoot baskets and a putting green. Lang started playing trouble-plagued heroine Brooke Logan Forrester on CBS's "The Bold and the Beautiful" in 1987.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor-comedian Jim Carrey has listed his place in gated Malibu Colony at $13.95 million. The two-story contemporary beach house features an open plan living room, family room, dining room and kitchen that lead to an ocean-facing deck. There are fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom for a total of five bedrooms, 51/2 bathrooms and 2,866 square feet of living space. A spa sits on the rooftop deck. Carrey, 50, has starred in such films as the "Ace Ventura" movies, "The Truman Show" (1998)
REAL ESTATE
December 27, 1998 | ROBERT J. BRUSS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
QUESTION: What recourse do we, as prospective home buyers, have if the listing agent of a home we want to buy refuses to promptly present our offer to the seller? Our buyer's agent has, for more than a week, tried to present our offer. But the listing agent comes up with excuses why he hasn't contacted the seller to present our offer. We like the house and believe we have made a fair purchase offer along with our good-faith deposit.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
It's time for some real-life “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles.” Spoiler alert: Agent/reality star Josh Flagg has sold his Century City-area condo. The 1,601-square-foot, 17th-story unit is in the I.M Pei-designed Century Towers. Building features include a doorman, concierge, valet parking, a swimming pool and tennis courts. Flagg spent two years remodeling the two-bedroom, two-bathroom condominium, replacing interior walls and upgrading the contemporary space. Although the Multiple Listing Service shows the unit sold for $1.3 million, Flagg said he also sold the new owner all the furnishings, collected from his travels around the world, for a total of $1.825 million.
BUSINESS
March 15, 2009 | Lauren Beale
The 'Bachelorette' house Location: Agoura Size: Six bedrooms and 7 1/2 bathrooms in 8,000 square feet Published on: June 22, 2008 Listed then for: $12,995,000 Reduced to: $8.75 million in October 2008 Listed now for: $6.75 million Overall price reduction: 48.05% Listing agent: Mark Tyoran, Ewing & Associates Sotheby's International Realty, (818) 466-1250 -- Mulholland Drive tri-level Location: Hollywood Hills Size: The home has five bedrooms and 8 1/2 bathrooms in about 5,388 square feet.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Brian Grazer, the prolific film and television producer, has sold his Malibu Colony beach house for $17.375 million, making it the second most expensive sale to post so far this year in the local Multiple Listing Service. Designed for entertaining and built in 1995, the renovated Mediterranean-style home features a deck off the living room and breakfast room. The three-story house has 6,067 square feet of living space, including an art studio, a media room, an office, a gym, five bedrooms and eight bathrooms.
BUSINESS
November 13, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Nicolas Cage, besides being one of the busiest actors in film, also famously blazed a trail losing properties across the country during his financial-woes period. One in Malibu that recently resold for $6.3 million centers on a 1,080-square-foot bungalow that sits on 320 acres not far from Pacific Coast Highway. The three-parcel property has views of the mountains, ocean and nearby islands. Other features include four seasonal waterfalls, lakes, an octagonal indoor garden, a caretaker's residence, a guesthouse and horse trails.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
It's time for some real-life “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles.” Spoiler alert: Agent/reality star Josh Flagg has sold his Century City-area condo. The 1,601-square-foot, 17th-story unit is in the I.M Pei-designed Century Towers. Building features include a doorman, concierge, valet parking, a swimming pool and tennis courts. Flagg spent two years remodeling the two-bedroom, two-bathroom condominium, replacing interior walls and upgrading the contemporary space. Although the Multiple Listing Service shows the unit sold for $1.3 million, Flagg said he also sold the new owner all the furnishings, collected from his travels around the world, for a total of $1.825 million.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters and his partner, filmmaker Chris Moukarbel, have bought the Ulm House in Los Feliz for $1.92 million. The seller was painter Beatrice Findlay. The Streamline Moderne-style home, attributed to architect William Kesling and built in 1937, features a rounded glass-block illuminated stairwell, walls of windows, three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,309 square feet of living space. Shears, who turns 35 on Oct. 3, is the lead male singer of the pop band.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Actor Vin Diesel has put a house in Hollywood Hills West up for sale at $1.3 million. The walled and gated home, described as “a perfect hideout for a celebrity” in the Multiple Listing Service, features vaulted and beamed ceilings, skylights, three bedrooms, 2.75 bathrooms and more than 1,500 square feet of living space. There is a swimming pool. The listing was sleuthed out by Trulia . A star architect to celebrities Diesel, 46, is known for the “Fast & Furious” film series as well as “The Chronicles of Riddick” films and “xXx” (2002)
BUSINESS
July 9, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Actress Jennette McCurdy has bought a home in Studio City for $905,000, public records show. This is her name's first appearance on L.A. County property records, according to Zillow, which uncovered the sale . The contemporary Mediterranean, built in 1987 and updated, features an open floor plan, family room, two fireplaces, a den/office, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and 2,600 square feet of living space. There are decks and a hot tub. A star architect to celebrities McCurdy, 21, starred on “iCarly” from 2007 to 2012 and now stars in the series “Sam & Cat.” She starred in the TV movie “Best Player” (2011)
BUSINESS
June 22, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Four homes designed by the late architect Paul R. Williams, popular with generations of celebrities, are listed for sale in the Combined L.A./Westside Multiple Listing Service. From least to most expensive: A traditional-style home in Hancock Park is priced at $3.6 million.  Built in 1931, the well-maintained house has been restored. Rooms include a large entry foyer, paneled living room, formal dining room, family room, garden loggia, four bedrooms and four bathrooms.  Greg Moesser of Sotheby's International Realty is the listing agent for the house ; An English-style home in La Canada Flintridge is up for sale at $6.89 million.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Hoping to make contact with a buyer Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster has listed a home in Hollywood Hills West for $6.399 million. The Spanish-style house, built in 1935, features a step-down living room with a cathedral ceiling, a screening room, a study, a courtyard swimming pool, five bedrooms, six bathrooms and 6,060 square feet of living space. Foster, 50, gained recognition for her starring role in "Taxi Driver" (1978) at age 13. She won Oscars for "The Accused" (1989)
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