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April 25, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
“Glee's” Naya Rivera is keeping her real estate agent mother busy so far this year. The 26-year-old actress bought a house in Los Feliz for $2.6 million and has another for sale in a 90210 neighborhood. The East Coast-inspired traditional that she purchased retains its 1930s vibe but has been updated. There are five bedrooms, four bathrooms and nearly 4,200 square feet of living space. The for-sale contemporary, listed at $2.1 million and in escrow, includes a library with a wet bar and kegerator, four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 3,300 square feet.
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July 3, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"Inspector Gadget" creator Andy Heyward and his wife, Amy, have listed their house in the Hollywood Hills West area at $7.85 million. Set on more than half an acre with a swimming pool in the celebrity-populated Bird Streets neighborhood, the traditional-style house was designed by architect Paul Williams and built in 1966. The 3,560 square feet of living space includes a library/study, a screening room, an office, a gym, three bedrooms and 31/2 bathrooms. Heyward, 63, is the former head of the animation production company DIC Entertainment, which was sold in 2008.
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November 9, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Sports agent Jonathan Weisz has listed his spread in a gated community in Poway at a range of $9.2 million to $11 million. The 42-acre property includes more than 18,000 square feet in three buildings and, appropriately for a man who represents ball players, a baseball field. There is also a lighted batting-cage area, a four-stall barn, a riding corral, fenced pastureland, an infinity pool with a spa and garage parking for six cars. The compound consists of a 13,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style main house on three levels, a 2,500-square-foot guesthouse and a stables/guest apartment of 3,000 square feet.
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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)
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April 1, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Rock icon Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, have listed their two condominiums in West Hollywood for sale, according to the Multiple Listing Service. The smaller of the two, with one bedroom, 11/2 bathrooms and 1,151 square feet of living space, is priced at $1.6 million. The larger, with the same number of bedrooms and baths in 1,831 square feet, is listed at $3.5 million. The Sierra Towers units, which have city and ocean views, could be combined. The building has 24-hour security, a doorman, an outdoor pool and a gym. The pair recently bought a contemporary house in Beverly Hills that had been listed at $7.695 million but was withdrawn from the market before closing.
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May 4, 2013 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - With full-fledged sellers' markets underway in dozens of metropolitan areas around the country, new research has found curious statistical patterns emerging: Even in cities where listings get multiple offers within days or hours, significant numbers of homes are sitting on the market for six months, 12 months or more with no takers. Call them turnoff listings. Despite roaring sales paces all around them, for one reason or another these houses send shoppers scurrying away, often because of mispricing, excessive restrictions on access to buyers and agents, failure to clean or make repairs and a variety of other marketing bungles.
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June 17, 2012 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON — In the real estate brokerage field they're often known as "setups" or "pinball" homes, and this spring's improving conditions in some markets could be stimulating more of them. A setup or pinball property is a house listed with an unrealistically high asking price that pulls in lots of visits by agents and shoppers, but no offers. The problem is this: Real estate agents, including even the listing agent, are using the overpriced house as a negative example to sell similar homes in the area that carry lower asking prices.
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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.
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March 18, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Professional golfer Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, have listed their estate in Rancho Santa Fe for sale at $7.095 million. Encompassing 4.88 acres, the compound includes a 9,500-square-foot main house and two guesthouses. The one-level Tuscan-style house features mosaics, trussed beams, hand-carved stone fireplaces and Italian marble. There is an exercise room, a steam room, a sauna, a safe room, five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The grounds contain a swimming pool, outdoor kitchen and, of course, a putting green.
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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)
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