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September 13, 1998
Port Hueneme resident Howard Milder died Thursday after a brief illness. He was 88. Milder was born June 20, 1910, in Omaha, Neb. He moved from Nebraska to Ventura County in 1965. He was a self-employed real estate broker for 40 years and was active in community service. He was a past member of the Port Hueneme Planning Commission and a member and past president of the Port Hueneme Kiwanis. Milder was awarded that organization's distinguished Legion of Merit award.
March 14, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
A former Fannie Mae employee was convicted late Friday of soliciting kickbacks from a broker with promises to steer lucrative listings of foreclosed homes his way. The federal court jury in Santa Ana convicted Armando Granillo of three counts of fraud, rejecting his contention that he intended to cheat only the broker, not Fannie Mae, the nation's largest home-finance firm. At the end of a two-day trial, the jury took less than two hours to convict Granillo, who sat grimly as each of the jurors affirmed the guilty verdicts.
September 22, 1992 | RON GALPERIN
Even in the recession, finding a good piece of property to buy isn't as easy as just calling a real estate broker. There are lots of avenues to be explored, including sales by various government agencies, auctions, foreclosures and properties held by financial institutions--known as real estate owned, or REOs. An REO is property in the hands of a lender which has either foreclosed on the borrower or has received a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure from a borrower who walked away from the property.
December 19, 2012 | By David Ng
The Broadway season has not been kind to David Mamet. The playwright has seen his new drama "The Anarchist" close after less than a month while a highly touted revival of "Glengarry Glen Ross," starring Al Pacino, has earned unenthusiastic reviews. Finally, there is some good news for Mamet. The producers of "Glengarry" announced on Wednesday that the revival has recouped its reported initial investment of $3.3 million. It is the first Broadway production of the 2011-12 season to do so, they said.
July 31, 1996
The Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday that a Temple City real estate broker pleaded guilty to one count of laundering drug money. Danilo Edgardo Ortega, 52, admitted that he conspired with convicted drug dealer Anibal Cardona-Hernandez to deposit Cardona's cash into checking accounts under Ortega's name. Cardona was arrested in September 1994 at the Bermuda Dunes Airport, near Palm Springs, with 660 pounds of cocaine, Department of Justice officials said.
September 9, 1995
Charles Schleussner, 79, Westside real estate broker and philanthropist. A native of New York, Schleussner attended the Cate School in Los Angeles and UC Berkeley. He raised horses for a time and was an assistant director at 20th Century Fox before turning to real estate and setting up his company, Charles Realty.
September 6, 1991
A Huntington Park real estate broker was arrested Thursday on charges that she ran a scheme to defraud homeowners of their property through forged deeds, prosecutors said. Mercedes Espinosa, 40, was arrested at her office and was being held at Sybil Brand Institute for Women on $300,000 bail, Deputy Dist. Atty. Don Tamura said. She was scheduled to be arraigned today on three counts of grand theft of personal property, four counts of forgery and one count of money laundering.
September 15, 1998
Elsie Clara Schumacher, a Thousand Oaks real estate broker and former Marine Corps staff sergeant, died Friday after a brief illness. She was 72. Born in Cologne, Germany, Schumacher was a naturalized U.S. citizen after moving to the United States as a child in 1929. She moved to Ventura County in the mid-1960s after working in the civil service in Turkey. During the Korean War, she was a clerical worker at Marine headquarters in Washington, D.C., and was discharged as a staff sergeant.
November 23, 1999
Edna Mae Hammons, a retired real estate broker, died Nov. 14 at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura. She was 84. She was born June 11, 1915, in Confluence, Ky., and raised in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. During World War II, she moved to California with her husband, Carl A. Hammons, while he worked at the China Lake Naval Base. After the war, the couple moved to Oxnard and later to Ventura.
February 13, 1991
Emmett R. (Mike) Shannon, who worked as a real estate broker in the San Fernando Valley for more than 30 years, has died at a Van Nuys hospital. He was 81. A longtime Northridge resident, Shannon died Sunday of complications of old age, said his wife, Florence Shannon. Born in Minneapolis, Shannon came to California in 1936. He worked as a car salesman before he entered real estate in the mid-1950s. He worked as a real estate broker and district manager for Forest E. Olson Inc.
July 15, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Ed Rosenthal is a licensed real estate broker arranging sales and leases of commercial buildings. Most of Rosenthal's transactions fall in the historic district of downtown Los Angeles, which he says has a "human scale" that the new financial district lacks. Claim to fame: Rosenthal garnered international attention in 2010 when he got lost on what was to be a brief hike in Joshua Tree National Park. He survived for six grueling days in the desert before being rescued.
May 6, 2012 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON — It may be the best-kept secret in residential real estate: For a couple of hundred dollars, a potential buyer bidding on an existing house can ask for a formal energy audit along with the standard inspection clause. That audit, in turn, can save the buyer thousands of dollars in future operating costs and pinpoint the specific features of the house that need correction to improve efficiency. It might also be a tipoff to a sobering reality: This house is an energy guzzler.
March 31, 2011 | By Roger Vincent and Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Financially strapped KCET-TV is in talks to sell its landmark Sunset Boulevard studio to the Church of Scientology, according to people who know about the pending deal. The Los Angeles television station, which is struggling to rebuild viewership after its recent split from PBS, plans to move its operations to a smaller location, real estate brokers said. Station officials have been touring potential sites, brokers said. Terms of the potential deal were unavailable, but the 4.5-acre property at 4401 W. Sunset Blvd.
October 19, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
A Bel-Air compound owned by the late real estate broker Jon Douglas has come on the market at $18.7 million. Set behind gates on nearly 2 acres and built in 2001, the property includes an 11,700-square-foot main house and a 1,750-square-foot guesthouse. The main house features a grand circular entry hall, a wood-paneled library, a gym three guest bedrooms and a master suite that includes a study, a sitting room, his- and-her walk-in closets, his-and-her bathrooms, a sauna and a kitchenette.
October 6, 2010 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
Ed Rosenthal sipped the last of his water the morning after he lost his way in an isolated canyon deep in Joshua Tree National Park. It tasted sweet and delicious. He carried a pack stuffed with survival equipment ? a whistle, matches, flares, even a space blanket ? but he brought a large water container that was just an eighth full. He left two huge bottles in his hotel room and passed by a spigot in the park. He meant to hike for four miles at most on a trail from Black Rock Campground that he has walked at least five times before.
October 2, 2010 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
Ed Rosenthal, the real estate broker from Culver City who was lost in a remote area of Joshua Tree National Park for six days before he was rescued, remained in the intensive care unit Friday at Hi-Desert Medical Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif., but his condition was upgraded from fair to good. Rosenthal, 64, was stable, sitting up and taking fluids, said hospital spokeswoman Karen Graley. "He's resting comfortably," she said. It remains unclear when Rosenthal will be discharged.
October 1, 2010 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
Lost in a hot, dry, rugged canyon in Joshua Tree National Park, with no water and no food, Ed Rosenthal, a prominent real estate broker and experienced hiker from Culver City, took out a pen and started to write on his hiking hat. Rosenthal, a poet, never went anywhere without a pen. But he didn't write a poem. He wrote to his wife and his daughter to say he loved them. He wrote advice to business partners. He wrote instructions on where to donate money in his memory. And he wrote an account of what he believed was his last trek in a lifetime filled with hikes.
June 12, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
In the Middle Ages, moats were the thing. More recently, the rich have taken refuge behind tall hedges, view-obscuring walls and guarded gates. But today's super-wealthy, seeking even greater privacy, are increasingly buying adjacent properties as a buffer zone around their mansions. And that's made the compound the hottest commodity on L.A.'s high-end market, real estate brokers say. On the Westside, the growing list of compound owners includes movie industry titan Terry Semel, financier and producer Tom Gores and corporate housing kingpin Howard Ruby, founder of Oakwood Worldwide.
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