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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%.
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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.
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November 23, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Among those working this Thanksgiving holiday weekend will be some hardy real estate agents. The struggling economy and uncertainty about jobs have changed the home selling scene, shifting more house hunting to hours and days off. The long weekend is a time when buyers are likely to have free time — an opportunity that agents feel is too good to pass up. "I'm showing houses at 8 a.m and 6:30 in the evening," said Shelly Palmer, an 11-year...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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?
REAL ESTATE
November 12, 1995
The article on owner-sold residences ("FSBO Can Spell Success" by Ilyce R. Glink, Oct. 29) advised homeowners to obtain a market price of their house by asking real estate agents to prepare a marketing plan and comparison pricing data without telling them they intended to sell the house themselves. This practice, similar to the ethic that leads people to shop at high-end computer or electronics stores and then purchase items at discount or by mail order, is unethical and immoral. In rabbinical tradition, one is forbidden to ask a shopkeeper for prices if he does not plan to buy or is not in the market for the item.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 30, 1999 | BRIGITTE GREENBERG, ASSOCIATED PRESS
For sale: Dream house with white picket fence, large backyard. Near outstanding schools. In good neighborhood, except for convicted child molester next door. Megan's Law, which requires public notification when a child molester, rapist or other convicted sex offender moves into a community, has real estate agents wondering whether they must disclose the presence of pedophiles to prospective home buyers. Laurie Janik, an attorney for the National Assn.
NEWS
August 10, 1986 | KENNETH J. FANUCCHI, Times Staff Writer
Real estate agents unscrupulously preying on the fears of Hollywood homeowners are undermining public confidence in the redevelopment process, according to the head of a renewal advisory group. Norris Lineweaver, newly elected chairman of the Hollywood Redevelopment Project Area Committee, said in an interview that he has begun "Project Wolfhound" to identify the agents, inform their bosses of their employees' actions and, if necessary, challenge their real estate licenses.
REAL ESTATE
February 12, 2006 | From Times wire reports
More than half of California's real estate agents quit within their first five years, according to a recent study. In 2000, the California Assn. of Realtors selected 100 new Realtors and followed them through the first years of their careers. By the fifth year, only 43% of the original agents stayed the course; the other 57% went searching for greener pastures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1993 | MIMI KO
Real estate agents have begun a mobile Neighborhood Watch program in the hope of reducing crime in three adjoining cities--Cypress, Buena Park and La Palma. Each of the 25 agents, who have car phones and display a bumper sticker warning that they are patrolling the streets, is committed to calling police when they spot trouble. "It's a very simple program," said Pat Ochoa, president of the Assn. of Realtors, about Operation 1,000 Eyes.
BUSINESS
December 15, 2013 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: Both of our sons, ages 63 and 59, are currently unemployed. We are 93 and self-supporting with Social Security and my retirement benefits. We live in our own home and are able to handle all our expenses, even though my wife requires a companion for 12 hours each day. I believe we should financially aid both sons, to the limit of our ability, but my wife disagrees. They are the two main beneficiaries of our estate. Each one is scheduled to receive about $40,000 upon our deaths.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, last seen rocking the house with Taylor Swift at Wednesday's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, has listed his Hollywood Hills home at $2.275 million. The renovated contemporary three-bedroom house, with a recording studio, was built in 1969. It has a real “rock star” vibe with its floating-style staircase, concrete floors and open floor plan.  There's a corner study, 3.5 bathrooms and 2,509 square feet of living space. The custom-built studio is sound-proofed and has a separate guest entrance.
BUSINESS
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%.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
August 24, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
To attend the preview party for the $28.2-million Hollywood Hills compound flipped by actor-turned-developer Brad Blumenthal and his business partner Leo Hauser this summer you needed that valuable Tinseltown commodity: an invitation. Think movie previews and red-carpet events. Nothing draws interest quite like exclusivity in this town. Here's my insider experience: Turning onto a side street off Sunset Strip I left my car with the valet service and was greeted by about a half-dozen young men in suits with matching iPads bearing the name “The Agency.” One of these real estate agents, whose company is marketing the estate for sale, checked me off the guest list,  and I moved to the driveway where a trio of Lamborghinis from a local dealer caught the eyes of passersby.
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1992 | JAMES MAIELLA JR., SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Over the objections of a councilman whose wife was accused of the practice, the Moorpark City Council has passed a resolution urging area real estate agents to refrain from marketing single-family houses to more than one family. The four councilmen who voted for the resolution said it was just a step in their efforts to control chronic overcrowding, particularly in the city's downtown area.
BUSINESS
April 20, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A National Assn. of Realtors task force, in a move that would reverse decades of practice, has suggested that the giant organization modify its policies so that its members are not automatically obligated to represent sellers in real estate transactions. Forty-four states, including California, have laws requiring that real estate agents disclose in writing whom they are representing.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
June 14, 2013 | By Shan Li
Los Angeles residents are intimately familiar with jostling for limited parking spaces. But Angelenos may have nothing on Boston, where one woman just paid more than half a million dollars for two parking spots near her house. During an aunction Thursday in the city's Back Bay neighborhood, Lisa Blumenthal won two off-street spots for a whopping bid of $560,000, according to the Boston Globe. The Internal Revenue Service, which operated the auction, had seized the coveted spaces from a man who owed back taxes, the report said.
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