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BUSINESS
January 24, 2010 | By Roger Vincent
Southern California property professionals are saying good riddance to 2009's rising office vacancies and falling rents, and conjuring hope for somewhat better times later this year. The recession brought layoffs to many white-collar companies, prompting tenants to downsize their offices and sometimes plead for rent reductions. Strapped landlords saw their revenues fall as fewer tenants paid less money to occupy their buildings. Real estate brokerage Colliers International tellingly headlined a recent report: "2009: End of a year gone bad."
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BUSINESS
May 10, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Long-suffering office landlord MPG Office Trust Inc. reported a first-quarter loss Monday as the Los Angeles company struggled with debt and a weak rental market. The real estate investment trust, which owns some of the region's best-known skyscrapers including the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles, finished the quarter ended March 31 with a loss of $39.5 million, or 81 cents a share. MPG turned a profit of $18.6 million, or 38 cents, in the same period a year earlier.
BUSINESS
September 26, 1989
American Video Clearinghouse in Westlake Village said it signed a letter of intent to acquire a division of Comprehensive Leasing Corp., of Austin, Tex. Terms were not disclosed. The division provides inventory and equipment to operators of video stores. American Video Clearinghouse rents videocassette tapes by mail.
BUSINESS
July 17, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
The last surviving original developer of Marina del Rey got a little emotional before turning a shovelful of dirt to mark the beginning of a new apartment complex that will replace the one he built in the early 1960s. Under an awning decked in red, white and blue, Jerry Epstein recalled last month how financiers were skeptical of the man-made marina in its early days, and only a "very substantial" loan from actor Kirk Douglas gave Epstein enough cash to build Del Rey Shores apartments on Via Marina.
BUSINESS
August 3, 2008
Some important points are missing from the story on living in the loft. ("Lofty living pays sweet dividends," Your Money, July 27.) Rents rise every year, and in about 10 years, the current rent will double. No equity is being built up. For people with no independent means, this is more than a hurdle; it might put them into homeless category once they stop working. Few people can live on a couple of plastic bags of goods carried up, and fewer still will live without a car. Parking expense is significant.
BUSINESS
December 7, 1987 | DENISE GELLENE, Times Staff Writer
Hunter's Books is closing three unprofitable stores on Christmas Day, including its flagship store in Beverly Hills, the chain's owner said Sunday. Hunter's Books owner Louis Lengfeld said in a telephone interview that the stores in Beverly Hills, Westwood and Phoenix are being closed because rents are too high. He said he decided to close the stores rather than reduce the level of customer service that has become Hunter's trademark. "We gave it a good try," said Lengfeld.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1994
Popcorn is not only a hazard to your health but to the aesthetic enjoyment of a movie. When we go to a live play in a theater, we don't have to cope with the rancid stench of popcorn oil, the crunching of teeth, the smacking of lips. That's why my family stays away from movie theaters and rents videos. G. BORDING MATHIEU Laguna Beach
NEWS
May 19, 1985
A West Hollywood landlord, Letizia Gelles, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court to exempt her 15-unit apartment building from the city's freeze on rents. After the city's incorporation its council voted not only to freeze the prices on rents but also rolled them back to what they were on Aug. 6, 1984. In doing so, the city denied this landlord the right to rent her apartment units at the free market-value prices, which is so fundamental in our marketplace economy and which is taken for granted by all other enterprises (such as)
BUSINESS
April 22, 1990
Regarding "Real Estate vs. Stocks: Which is Better," no argument when you buy rental property so that the rents always cover the debt service and you have tax benefits from the debt service and depreciation. However, one gives up liquidity to own real estate, which makes it sometimes totally out of the question for retirees, small pension plans, etc. Also, if the rents don't cover the cash flow or are interrupted, you have negative cash flow. That's like buying IBM stock and paying them the dividend while you hope it goes up in value.
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