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Can a landlord charge on a per-person basis?

Can a landlord charge on a per-person basis?

Question: I am a landlord who owns and manages a couple of four-plexes. I have always paid for all the utilities — garbage...

Listing in winter may yield higher home price

Listing in winter may yield higher home price

WASHINGTON — It's common knowledge verging on holy writ in real estate: Spring is the absolute best time of the year to sell a house.

How to improve credit scores

How to improve credit scores

Dear Liz: I am trying to help my retired parents refinance their home. Currently they are paying over 8% interest. (This...

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Homeowner accounts are not the board's slush fund

Homeowner accounts are not the board's slush fund

Question: Our homeowner association's president explained to our board how the budget process actually works. She said:...

Southern California office market slowly improving

Southern California office market slowly improving

Southern California's office market has improved ever so slightly — once again for landlords.

Student debt holds back many would-be home buyers

Student debt holds back many would-be home buyers

Sarah Luna wants to buy a home in up-and-coming northeast Los Angeles before it's too late.

A rural vibe in Manhattan Beach

A rural vibe in Manhattan Beach

This Napa farmhouse-style home, which takes its cues from 19th-century floor plans, sits on a corner lot in the Manhattan Beach Tree...

Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates near low for year; 30-year at 4.27%

Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates near low for year; 30-year at 4.27%

Mortgage rates have fallen as the spring home-buying season begins, with Freddie Mac pegging the average 30-year fixed loan at 4.27% this...

 Office tower to rise next to historic Hollywood studio

Office tower to rise next to historic Hollywood studio

One of Hollywood's biggest landlords is setting the stage for another expansion as the historic heart of the film and broadcast business...

Mortgage-related legal costs sock BofA with $276-million loss

Mortgage-related legal costs sock BofA with $276-million loss

Socked by mortgage-related legal expenses, Bank of America Corp. lost $276 million during the first quarter, sending its stock down sharply.

Southland home prices surge but sales plummet

Southland home prices surge but sales plummet

Southern California home prices are surging as the spring buying season heats up, with the median price in March hitting $400,000 for the...

Southern California median home price jumped to $400,000 in March

Southern California median home price jumped to $400,000 in March

Home prices in Southern California are at their highest level in six years, according to new data, though those gains may be taking a bite...

Retiree needs help paying homeowner association assessment

Retiree needs help paying homeowner association assessment

Question: Thinking this would be cost-effective housing, I bought a condo in the Riverside County area. Since then I've...

Renewal of federal tax breaks for homeowners facing bumpy road

Renewal of federal tax breaks for homeowners facing bumpy road

WASHINGTON — Renewal of important expired federal tax benefits for homeowners took a major step forward recently, but the route to...

Evictions from rent-controlled units on the rise in L.A.

Evictions from rent-controlled units on the rise in L.A.

Arie Shashou remembers simple pleasures from the decades spent in his Westside home: helping neighbors with small tasks; the daily chats...

Beverly Crest contemporary features indoor-outdoor vibe

Beverly Crest contemporary features indoor-outdoor vibe

Set at the end of a cul-de-sac behind glass gates, this newly built three-story contemporary in the Beverly Crest area makes the most of its...

Former May Co. building in downtown L.A. to get revived after sale

Former May Co. building in downtown L.A. to get revived after sale

A huge former department store on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles is being sold to a New York real estate investment firm that intends to...

Connecticut estate sells for $120 million, a U.S. record

Connecticut estate sells for $120 million, a U.S. record

A Greenwich, Conn., estate called Copper Beech Farm has sold for $120 million, making it the most expensive recorded home sale in the U.S.

Wells Fargo first quarter profit jumps 14%, beating expectations

Wells Fargo first quarter profit jumps 14%, beating expectations

California's banking giant, Wells Fargo & Co., reported 14% higher first quarter earnings, powering well beyond Wall Street's expectations...

JPMorgan Chase earnings miss estimates; mortgages, trading weaker

JPMorgan Chase earnings miss estimates; mortgages, trading weaker

Weakness in the mortgage and bond-trading businesses socked JPMorgan Chase & Co. with disappointing first-quarter earnings, a signal that...

Record-breaking $102-million L.A. mansion is for lease at $400,000

Record-breaking $102-million L.A. mansion is for lease at $400,000

Fleur de Lys, the Westside mansion that recently sold for a Southern California record-breaking price of $102 million, is now available...

Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates fall; 30-year loan averages 4.34%

Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates fall; 30-year loan averages 4.34%

Lenders were offering 30-year fixed-rate mortgages at an average of 4.34% this week compared with 4.41% a week ago, according to the...

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