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REAL ESTATE
August 27, 2000
Lauren Beale has been named Real Estate editor, succeeding Dick Barnes, who left The Times in May after serving in the position since 1989. Under Beale, the section will continue to be consumer-oriented, offering increased emphasis on the Southern California housing market and other new features. The Real Estate staff will also provide more residential real estate coverage throughout the paper.
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December 12, 2010 | By Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Dick Turpin, a longtime real estate editor of The Times and part of the team that won the paper a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 1965 Watts riots, has died. He was 91. Turpin died in his sleep Friday at the Northridge Care Center in Reseda , said his son, David. Turpin spent 41 years at The Times, working as a reporter and education editor before becoming real estate editor in 1967. Under his leadership, the section three times was named the best in the country and was consistently ranked in the top five by the National Assn.
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REAL ESTATE
January 7, 2001
Send My House/My Life submissions to Real Estate Editor, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90012, fax them to Real Estate Editor at (213) 237-4712 or e-mail them to Real.Estate@LATimes.com.
REAL ESTATE
November 20, 2005
I've always believed that The Times Real Estate section is firmly in favor of existing laws, zoning/building codes and protecting our environment. Yet Pardon Our Dust, Nov. 6, touts the advantages of turning a garage into a family room. Garages are mandated in homes for a reason: to keep at least two residents' cars out of driveways, off streets and away from the front of neighbors' homes. Converting garages into family rooms, offices, extra bedrooms and/or storage facilities is illegal in most cities and should remain that way. JIM HARRIGAN Redondo Beach Editor's note: In accordance with the laws in Whittier, the homeowners built a new 24-foot-by-31-foot detached garage and workshop before converting their original garage.
REAL ESTATE
March 26, 2000
Bruss states, in one of his March 12 "Real Estate Q&A" responses, that a property that appreciates in value 5% a year for 10 years will appreciate 50%. What planet is he on? On this one, 5% a year for 10 years yields 63% appreciation. Todd Terres Via e-mail Letters must include the writer's name, address and daytime telephone number and should be sent to the Real Estate Editor, Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, CA 90053 or faxed to Real Estate Editor at (213)
REAL ESTATE
February 25, 2001
Regarding "Wait 'Til You See the View" by Kathy Price-Robinson (Feb. 18) about the West Hollywood condominium remodel: Can you tell me where they purchased the red oak for the wood floors? PATTY LEURIDAN Lancaster Editor's note: The firm was Lumber Liquidators in Commerce, (323) 721-0800, huskyfloors@mail.com. Letters must include the writer's name, address and daytime telephone number and should be sent to Real Estate Editor, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; faxed to Real Estate Editor at (213)
REAL ESTATE
February 5, 1989
Thanks for Sam Hall Kaplan's "gift" we shared on Christmas morning. Mention of Exceptional Trees of Los Angeles in your column helps the California Arboretum Foundation's efforts in many ways. BEVERLY J. ROUSE Director of Development California Arboretum Foundation Letters to "Our Readers Write" must include the writer's name, address and daytime telephone number and should be sent to the Real Estate Editor, Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles 90053.
REAL ESTATE
January 18, 1998
The Robert Smaus column on the impact of remodeling on his garden ("It's Not Too Late to Build a Careful Bond With Nature," Dec. 7) explained what happened to our side yard garden when we added a bedroom. The azaleas and a hydrangea suffered, and I didn't know what went wrong, since I felt I was really babying them through the remodeling process. So it was the alkaline stucco debris. The bushes have rebounded, though. HEIDI SNIVELY Manhattan Beach Letters must include the writer's name, address and daytime telephone number and should be sent to the Real Estate Editor, Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, CA 90053, or faxed to Real Estate Editor at (213)
REAL ESTATE
March 11, 2001
Regarding "'Living Rooms are Losing Out as Homes Grow," (Inman News Features, Feb. 25): Living rooms have never been used for living. They have been formal rooms reserved for guests, sometimes forbidden to the members of the household. "Family rooms" were invented so that people who lived in the house would have a place for their activities. So why not just rename family rooms living rooms? The so-called living rooms can be called what they are, formal rooms or reception areas. MAXINE DEL GALLO Irvine Letters must include the writer's name, address and daytime telephone number and should be sent to the Real Estate Editor, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 or faxed to Real Estate Editor at (213)
REAL ESTATE
March 23, 2003
Lew Sichelman suggests the living room has outlived its usefulness in "Is Living Room on Last Legs?" (March 16). He is correct, and builders are downsizing them regularly. Historically the "parlor" had only two primary functions: to receive the minister when calling and to receive proposals of marriage to the family daughters. Culturally, the "parlor" is dead. Bob Kerber Oceanside Letters must include the writer's name, address and daytime telephone number and should be sent to the Real Estate Editor, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 or faxed to Real Estate Editor at (213)
REAL ESTATE
May 8, 2005
In this overheated real estate market, people often want to know when the trend will slow down or reverse itself. The answer comes with the following events: When the same properties are advertised week after week in the newspaper. When new listings pop up on every other block. When "Reduced Price" signs appear on older listings. When interest rates move up to 7% or more. When the total number of sales in the Valley per month falls below 1,000. This scenario last occurred in April 1990 and led to a seven-year decline in real estate values.
REAL ESTATE
June 1, 2003
Re "Plans to Can Real Estate Spam" by Lew Sichelman (May 18): Although we still do not have a magic wand to eliminate this annoying "spammer" harassment, at least the article was reassuring that I am not alone and that hope is on the horizon. I just turned on my computer, had 85 new messages, more than 40 of which were spam, many real estate related. I have a policy of deleting those I do not recognize or look suspicious. However, it has increased my daily e-mail time substantially, time that is so precious to all of us. Now if only there was something that we, the oppressed cyber-users, could do until the do-not-call-list number is published and the remaining laws go into effect.
REAL ESTATE
May 18, 2003
Re "Buyers Gladly Skip a Step" by Allison B. Cohen (May 11): American shoppers love the concepts "buy factory direct" and "cut out the middleman." Smart shoppers know that this is usually just a marketing gimmick. Suggesting that a real estate agent can get a mortgage by a few clicks of the mouse greatly understates the complexity of the process and the importance of the competence of the loan officer. The overwhelming majority of home buyers do nothing to educate themselves about mortgages and they walk around with the baggage of incorrect assumptions.
REAL ESTATE
May 11, 2003
The responses in Letters, May 4 ("Hopes for Keeping Musical Home as a 'Cultural Icon' "), are absurd. The home isn't a beautiful classic that should be restored, but a moldy old house needing an enormous amount of work. An ideal teardown in a great location. Terry Perry West Hills Now let me get this straight: The national treasure Rosemary Clooney lived in this home for 50 years. Prior to that, another national treasure, composer George Gershwin, lived in the home. In other words, if those walls could talk, they'd sing.
REAL ESTATE
March 23, 2003
Lew Sichelman suggests the living room has outlived its usefulness in "Is Living Room on Last Legs?" (March 16). He is correct, and builders are downsizing them regularly. Historically the "parlor" had only two primary functions: to receive the minister when calling and to receive proposals of marriage to the family daughters. Culturally, the "parlor" is dead. Bob Kerber Oceanside Letters must include the writer's name, address and daytime telephone number and should be sent to the Real Estate Editor, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 or faxed to Real Estate Editor at (213)
REAL ESTATE
September 15, 2002
What an ironic juxtaposition of stories in the Sept. 8 Real Estate section: Michelle Pfeiffer and hubby producer buying yet another multimillion-dollar residence, while Pat Cici Jr., scrimping and saving for even one small house to call his own, gets frozen out of the market by skyrocketing speculative prices. Maybe that week's section should have been subtitled "For Richer or Poorer, Real Estate for the 'Best' of Us--and for the Rest of Us." Thank you for presenting both ends of what is becoming an ever-widening spectrum in Southern California.
REAL ESTATE
June 13, 1999
I am perturbed by the "Hot Property" column's political innuendo about Lee Baca's foreign government-paid trip and subtle references to Asian campaign contributions and his Asian girlfriend's fund-raising assistance. If Ruth Ryon wants to do political commentary, do so openly, not surreptitiously, and do so in another section. The article only serves to resurrect the 19th century demonized Chinese stereotype and to add to the current anti-Chinese/Chinese American bias in the United States, especially in the post-Cox Report times.
REAL ESTATE
November 11, 2001
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REAL ESTATE
July 1, 2001
I enjoyed learning in Hot Property, June 17, that Oprah Winfrey has purchased an estate in Montecito. I am unfazed by the fact that my comfortable, three-bedroom, two-bath home could fit snuggly into the two 800-square-foot closets in the master suite. I do lament sacrificing the existing garage to create a media room due, no doubt, to lack of space in the 23,000-square-foot main house. I do remain a true fan and admirer. Oprah: You go, girl! VIVIAN I. ZEDELMAYER Camarillo Letters must include the writer's name, address and daytime telephone number; send to the Real Estate Editor, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 or fax to Real Estate Editor at (213)
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