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December 19, 1991
A real estate agent who pleaded no contest to charges that he tried to steal more than $5 million worth of land from an 88-year-old Glendale man has been sentenced to three years in state prison. Abranham Avanous Hovik, 49, of Sunland, had entered the plea after Pasadena Municipal Judge Terry Smerling promised he would hand down no more than a three-year sentence. If he had been tried and convicted, Hovik would have faced up to eight years in prison. Hovik, who was sentenced Dec.
March 11, 2014 | By Scott Gold
GROVER BEACH, Calif. - For a long time, even as hotels rose in nearby towns and posh homes went up along groomed fairways down the road, it seemed that this sleepy town might never move beyond an old real estate slogan: "Home of the average man. " Then Debbie Peterson ran for mayor. She was a real estate agent, a single mom and a free spirit, known to wear a business jacket with running shoes. She had moxie and business experience. Voters in 2012 chose her by a wide margin. They expected a jolt - but nobody expected this.
November 10, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The mystery surrounding the slaying of celebrity real estate agent Linda Stein was solved, police said, when her personal assistant confessed, claiming Stein pushed her over the edge, blowing marijuana smoke in her face and making a racially charged comment. Stein, 62, was white. The suspect, Natavia Lowery, 26, is black. Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said Lowery told detectives Stein was "verbally abusive" the day of the killing, Oct.
February 23, 2014 | By Lew Sichelman
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.
February 28, 2002
An Oxnard real estate agent has pleaded not guilty to charges of grand theft and making a false financial statement in connection with a scheme to secure a home loan using false information. Elise Long, 42, was arraigned last week, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Howard Wise. Long will be back in court March 25 for a pretrial hearing, Wise said.
December 18, 1990
A Woodland Hills real estate agent was sentenced Monday to five years probation and 300 hours of community service for understating his 1984 and 1985 real estate commissions by more than $84,000, the Internal Revenue Service reported. U. S. District Judge Harry L. Hupp also ordered Martin Parker Williams II to pay all back taxes, including penalties, interest and the costs of prosecution. A jury convicted Williams in October of signing false federal income tax returns for 1984 and 1985.
February 4, 1999
Toshiye Fujii of Ventura died Sunday at Santa Paula Hospital after a brief illness. She was 79. Fujii was born Sept. 15, 1919, in Parlier, near Fresno. She attended high school in Hiroshima, Japan, before returning to California in 1937. She married Hitoshi Fujii in Gardena in 1947. They lived in Torrance, where their children were born, before moving to Ventura County, where she lived for 36 years. Fujii was a homemaker and active in the Oxnard Buddhist Women's Assn.
Police are looking for a sandwich delivery man as a possible suspect in the slaying of a Beverly Hills real estate agent who was stabbed and strangled Tuesday in a Coldwater Canyon house she was showing. The dead woman, Elaine Siegel, 48, apparently admitted the man to the house, then checked with her office because she did not order sandwiches to serve at the open house, co-workers said.
July 1, 1994
Dozens of people in the Santa Clarita community of Val Verde joined Thursday with sheriff's search-and-rescue parties to look for a real estate agent who vanished a day earlier. Paula Harrington, 26, disappeared after leaving her office Wednesday afternoon with an unidentified man who asked to see vacant, remote houses in the unincorporated community of 1,500. The area is off California 126 about five miles northwest of the Magic Mountain theme park.
February 2, 2001
Margaret "Peggy" Jane DuBosq, a former registered nurse and retired real estate agent, died at the Victoria Care Center in Ventura following a brief illness. She was 81. She was born May 30, 1919, in Pennsylvania. She had been a Ventura County resident for more than 50 years. DuBosq worked as a registered nurse in Pennsylvania and later in Ventura County, where she worked for 25 years. After retiring from nursing, she was a real estate agent for nearly 20 years.
December 20, 2013 | By Martha Groves
Nearing completion after five years of construction in the hills of Bel-Air, Chateau des Fleurs looms like some super-sized Hollywood notion of dynastic France. From the street, the two-story mansion on three acres - where Stone Canyon and Bellagio roads converge south of the Hotel Bel-Air, across from the fourth fairway of the Bel-Air Country Club - is largely obscured by fences, trees and equipment. A better view is available from an ungated lawn on nearby Siena Way, where an observer can peer down on the palatial, U-shaped residence with its Versailles-inspired mansard roof and dormer windows and ponder: Just how much house does a family need?
November 13, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, This post has been updated. See note below.
Some 67.5% of Americans polled do not trust real estate agents, according to an online Google Consumer Surveys poll last month. We're not sure why Choice Home Warranty would conduct and publish such a poll , since you'd think real estate agents are among their biggest clients. Nevertheless, the survey of 1,147 adults showed more wariness among rural folks -  70.7% distrusted realty agents - than city dwellers. By age, 18- to 24-year-olds were the most distrustful.   Midwesterners were the most trustful at 38.1%.
October 11, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
The mild weather and cool temperatures of October make it one of the busiest months for rock climbing guides Seth Zaharias and his wife, Sabra Purdy. This time of year they're usually leading climbers up massive boulders and sheer canyons in Joshua Tree National Park. Then the government shutdown closed national parks Oct. 1. The couple now spend their day writing refund checks to dejected clients. In the first week of the shutdown, Zaharias estimates, he lost $2,500 in revenue.
July 24, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
They say Chuck Norris doesn't host an open house. He decides you're going to buy his house. Norris doesn't want the Dallas-area home that once served as the on-screen domicile of his alter ego Cordell Walker on "Walker, Texas Ranger," so he's listed it. According to the Associated Press, the four-bedroom home in the Dallas neighborhood of Northwood Hills has been put on the market for $1.2 million. That includes a weight room, seven bathrooms, a theater and a separate building on the property that was used as a studio during production of "Walker," which aired on CBS from 1993 to 2001.
July 5, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Sports cars are in the driver's seat in the competitive Westside real estate market. In the race to draw a moneyed home buyer to a trophy home for sale, the latest in one-upmanship involves the blending of two high-end obsessions: houses and horsepower. At a recent broker preview in Hollywood Hills West, the star of the party was a compound built on part of the old Errol Flynn estate, but the understudies featured four wheels. To reach the main house, visitors passed by nine garages with glass doors where the owner keeps his Ferrari collection on display.
June 22, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
Ryan Mathys spent weeks prospecting. He drove up and down the little avenue in Solana Beach, taking notes and knocking on doors. He scoured public records. He blanketed the seaside neighborhood in northern San Diego County with inquiries. All the detective work had a dollars-and-cents purpose: to find homes the owners would be willing to sell. Southern California housing prices are rising sharply, and there's a shortage of houses available for sale. So agents like Mathys are resorting to reconnaissance and back-channel networks to find homes that haven't yet hit the market.
June 6, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
New applications, more robust agent reviews and increased efficiency are among the directions experts see the online home listing industry heading. A panel of leaders from often-competing entities Zillow,, MRIS, Trulia, ZipRealty and Hubzu addressed journalists assembled for the annual National Assn. of Real Estate Editors conference Thursday. Here are their takes on what has been happening and what is ahead for consumers and agents: Greg Schwartz of Zillow expects more changes on the transaction side.
May 24, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"Glee's" Naya Rivera is keeping her real estate agent mother busy this year. The 26-year-old actress bought a house in Los Feliz for $2.6 million and a sale is in the works on her home 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, includes a library with a wet bar and kegerator, four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 3,300 square feet.
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