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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.
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REAL ESTATE
April 1, 2001
Regarding "Bargain Hunters Cut Realty Costs" by Jennifer Oldham, March 18: In response to Richard Stinnett's allegation that it only takes only a couple hours' work to sell a home, I challenge him to sell my home in two hours and I will pay him a 6% commission. NICK KARA-SARKISIAN Montebello The writer is broker-owner of Legacy Realty. 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)
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REAL ESTATE
February 5, 1989
Bravo for your Welcome Reagans column. It might more properly have been on the editorial page. In light of all the kudos being offered, a little realism was refreshing. JOHN W. GEIGER Architect Los Angeles 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. Letters may be edited for reasons of space and clarity.
REAL ESTATE
March 11, 2001
As a resident homeowner and member of the board of directors of a co-op or (more properly a community apartment project) undergoing conversion to condominiums, I wish to respond to Lottie Cohen's Feb. 25 letter "Let's Hear It for Co-Ops." The most serious disadvantage of co-op as opposed to condominium form of ownership has to do with financing (or refinancing) sales of units. Commercial lenders are typically reluctant to fund co-ops. When mortgages can be obtained, the buyer is looking at 30% down and 2% to 2.5% above the going interest rate.
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
Kudos for Sam Hall Kaplan's "wish list." What is great about so many of your columns is your ability to "touch the nerves" of so many local constituencies who seem (so often) immobilized, for whatever reason, and hence fail to produce. I find resonance with most if not all of your items . . . let's hope those involved can find a way to respond. While it may be true that many of the issues you raise are oversimplified for the purposes of your column, there must still be some way to get some of these items onto front burners.
REAL ESTATE
May 14, 1989
To complicate further the problem of measuring home prices, we analyze the characteristics (including price) of new homes sold in California. Because we measure new-home prices, our prices differ from resale prices. In large part this difference is due to new-home prices being more influenced by the pattern of development. In 1988, the lower-priced, faster-growing areas of the state increased significantly. This caused the statewide increase in new-home prices to be more modest (6.8%)
REAL ESTATE
September 8, 1985
I read the Aug. 25 article, "Malpractice Suits Aim at Architects." I concur in most areas the writer covered except one. To register a copyright on a design can be done at least cost. However, if a court suit is filed against the copyright owner, the U.S. Patent Office will not defend same. Only the courts can decide if a copyright design is valid. Of course, the copyright owner pays all costs to defend the design. JAMES LENARTH JR. Azusa 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
April 1, 2001
Regarding "Bargain Hunters Cut Realty Costs" by Jennifer Oldham, March 18: In response to Richard Stinnett's allegation that it only takes only a couple hours' work to sell a home, I challenge him to sell my home in two hours and I will pay him a 6% commission. NICK KARA-SARKISIAN Montebello The writer is broker-owner of Legacy Realty. 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
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
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
May 14, 1989
To complicate further the problem of measuring home prices, we analyze the characteristics (including price) of new homes sold in California. Because we measure new-home prices, our prices differ from resale prices. In large part this difference is due to new-home prices being more influenced by the pattern of development. In 1988, the lower-priced, faster-growing areas of the state increased significantly. This caused the statewide increase in new-home prices to be more modest (6.8%)
REAL ESTATE
February 5, 1989
Kudos for Sam Hall Kaplan's "wish list." What is great about so many of your columns is your ability to "touch the nerves" of so many local constituencies who seem (so often) immobilized, for whatever reason, and hence fail to produce. I find resonance with most if not all of your items . . . let's hope those involved can find a way to respond. While it may be true that many of the issues you raise are oversimplified for the purposes of your column, there must still be some way to get some of these items onto front burners.
REAL ESTATE
February 5, 1989
Bravo for your Welcome Reagans column. It might more properly have been on the editorial page. In light of all the kudos being offered, a little realism was refreshing. JOHN W. GEIGER Architect Los Angeles 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. Letters may be edited for reasons of space and clarity.
REAL ESTATE
February 5, 1989
The David W. Myers article "Condo Purchase Needs Extra Care' (Jan. 15) is constructive, but there are two important points that are not mentioned. First, the long-term successful operation of a homeowners association depends on the efforts and the talents of its members. One should not go into a condo situation with the attitude that someone else will always take care of the various necessary tasks. Even a complex large enough to retain professional management requires continuing interest and attention on the part of the homeowners.
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.
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