| Oct 28, 2012
WASHINGTON — Limiting the homeowner mortgage interest deduction came up in two of the presidential debates, but specifics about who would be affected and how much they might lose in tax benefits were minimal. To put some rough numbers on the issue,...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 4:06 PM
When he died in 1974, George Abraham Simmons left a bulky legacy: boxes and boxes of drugstore pills, salves and potions — enough to fill multiple cargo containers.
What to do with it all? His family was stumped.
Pharmaceuticals and botanicals,...
| Aug 22, 2012
| 11:00 AM
Sales of existing homes are strengthening and prices continue to rise, stoking confidence in the housing market’s recovery.
That’s to hear the National Assn. of Realtors tell it. According to the trade group, resales of single-family homes,...
| May 31, 2012
| 8:15 AM
The number of U.S. homes purchased via short sale hit a three year-high in the first quarter of 2012, up 25% from a year earlier, according to a report on foreclosure-related sales.
Owners unloaded 109,521 homes during the first three months of the...
| Jul 22, 2012
Images of hippie-era love beads and Native American-inspired headbands can condemn beading in jewelry and accessories to appearing quaint at best. But the artisan level of contemporary beaders crafting today's fashion jewelry and accessories puts that...
| Sep 27, 2012
| 9:02 AM
After hitting a two-year high, pending sales of previously occupied homes fell in August below the threshold considered healthy, according to a trade group.
An index of signed contracts had hit 101.9 in July, reaching its highest point since home...
| Jul 24, 2012
| 10:03 AM
Housing prices appear to have bottomed, posting their first year-over-year increase since 2007 and fueling more talk of a real estate recovery – at least according to real estate site Zillow.
The site’s second-quarter report shows...
| Aug 12, 2012
WASHINGTON — Here's some encouraging news for financially stressed homeowners across the country: The Senate Finance Committee has approved a bipartisan bill that would extend the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act through 2013.
Why is this...
| Apr 22, 2012
WASHINGTON — It's not something that economists routinely track, but it provides a rough sense of what's happening in local real estate markets. Call it the low-ball index.
A year ago, according to researchers at the National Assn. of Realtors, 1...
| Apr 13, 2012
A new city report assails officials in charge of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for failing to impose even basic financial controls, allowing the routine squandering of public money and permitting corruption to take root in "a dysfunctional and risk-...
| Nov 25, 2012
Let's get a few things clear. Hostess didn't fail for any of the reasons you've been fed. It didn't fail because Americans demanded more healthful food than its Twinkies and Ho-Hos snack cakes. It didn't fail because its unions wanted it to die.