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Hot Property: 'Law & Order' star looks to sell famous TV setting

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LOS ANGELES -- Actor Christopher Meloni, who will soon be back on the case in an upcoming "Law & Order" spinoff, has put his home in the Hollywood Hills on the market for $6.495 million.

Television viewers may be familiar with the East Coast-inspired home, which doubled as a set for "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" in the 1950s and 1960s. ...Read more

Should you fix that yourself? How to handle home repair during the pandemic

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LOS ANGELES -- When Tony Nittoli of North Hollywood noticed a leak under his bathroom sink in mid-April, he tied it up with an old T-shirt and stuffed junk mail under it. He'd normally call his apartment manager to take care of it, but health officials' orders were clear: stay inside and away from others to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Starbucks gets cold reception after demanding rent breaks from landlords

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SEATTLE -- When Starbucks landlord Leon Brooks got a letter asking for at least a year's reduction in rent for the company's drive-thru store in San Clemente, California, the property owner knew his answer.

"I am highly disappointed, disgusted and angry," Brooks wrote back to the global coffee chain. "Shame on you."

Seattle-based Starbucks, ...Read more

Why home prices should perform far better than overall economy

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The coronavirus crisis sent stocks plummeting, but home prices should hold up better because of a housing shortage.

Three-quarters of brokers report their clients haven't lowered prices because of the economic contraction, according to an April 30 survey from the National Association of Realtors. One in five buyers had dropped out of the market...Read more

Social Graces: How to turn down a ride-seeker

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Q: How do you turn down a friend or acquaintance asking for a ride in your car?

A: In response to this question, many people will come up with reasons to get out of giving the ride - going in the opposite direction, errands, no gas, etc.

Why should you have to make up excuses for something you don't want to do? We do this because saying no...Read more

5 things you need to know about vinyl siding

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Vinyl has been the most common siding material used in new home construction for the last 25 years. That means there are tens of millions of existing homes with vinyl siding out there, and many more being built each year. If you're a homeowner with vinyl siding, or considering a vinyl siding replacement or installation, here's what you need to...Read more

Hot Property: Cardinals owner finds new base in Eva Longoria's LA compound

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LOS ANGELES -- It may be some time before baseball returns to Los Angeles, but that's not stopping St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt from landing a new offseason dugout. The businessman was the buyer of Eva Longoria's Hollywood Hills compound.

DeWitt paid $8.25 million for the place -- which wasn't even in the same ballpark as Longoria's ...Read more

Elon Musk doubles down on his promise to 'own no house' by selling five more

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LOS ANGELES -- Elon Musk has emphatically doubled-down on his promise to "own no house," listing another five of his California properties himself for a combined $97.5 million.

The five properties -- four in Bel-Air and another in Silicon Valley's pricey Hillsborough neighborhood -- follow two other Bel-Air homes that Musk listed for sale in ...Read more

Real estate Q&A: Ask a real estate pro: I'm a couple months behind on my rent. What can I do?

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As we start to enter "Phase 1," it looks like I will be able to get some hours at work soon. My landlord has been leaving me alone, knowing that I was put on hiatus and that evictions are temporarily paused. I am a couple of months behind on my rent and not sure how I can catch up. What can I do? -- Karen

A: You are not alone -- many people are...Read more

Starbucks demands landlords lower its rent for the next year, citing 'staggering economic crisis' of coronavirus

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SEATTLE -- Starbucks wants landlords to give it a break on rent for at least a year as coronavirus social-distancing measures batter sales at the Seattle-based global coffee chain.

"Effective June 1 and for at least a period of 12 consecutive months, Starbucks will require concessions to support modified operations and adjustments to lease ...Read more

Homeowners who can't make mortgage payments get a new deferral option

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LOS ANGELES – Many struggling homeowners who are delaying their mortgage payments through so-called forbearance programs will get a new repayment option, allowing them to make missed payments when the home is sold or the loan term is over, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said Wednesday.

The deferral option applies to homeowners who have a ...Read more

Homeowners who can't make mortgage payments get a new deferral option

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LOS ANGELES – Many struggling homeowners who are delaying their mortgage payments through so-called forbearance programs will get a new repayment option, allowing them to make missed payments when the home is sold or the loan term is over, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said Wednesday.

The deferral option applies to homeowners who have a ...Read more

A yard, extra bathroom among dreams for small housing dwellers — at least until pandemic passes

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PHILADELPHIA -- On a normal day -- that is to say, prepandemic -- living in a small apartment, a place that commands minimalism, could be inconvenient. For people now cramped in tight quarters under stay-at-home orders necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, what once seemed charming in its coziness is no more.

It's annoying.

"There is a ...Read more

During pandemic, swanky Chicago hotel has become a haven for people living on the street, others at risk

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CHICAGO -- Joeal Hamlin eased himself into a plank position on the carpet, resting the weight of his body on his forearms, elbows and toes. Sweat dampened his cropped gray hair.

His goal was 125 pushups, done in bunches of 25. Up, down. Up, down. Next were 75 squats atop the chair in his hotel room downtown. Up, down. Up, down.

The 66-year-old...Read more

5 home projects to kick off this spring

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Spring is in full swing, and with this fresh new season comes the chance to spiff up your home. Whether you're looking for ways to improve your home's curb appeal, inspiration to start your spring cleaning or a little direction on seasonal home maintenance projects, these five ideas will help you spring into summer on the right foot.

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Social Graces: How should we handle elevator etiquette during the pandemic?

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Q: You have to use an elevator on a daily basis. How should you use it safely during the coronavirus pandemic?

A: If you have to be in close proximity to people outside your household, you should wear a face mask to prevent the spread of the virus. The masks are actually intended to stop people from breathing, coughing or sneezing the virus ...Read more

Hot Property: Philip Rivers looks to hand one off in San Diego

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LOS ANGELES -- Longtime Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who joined the Indianapolis Colts this offseason as a free agent, has put his home in San Diego's gated Santaluz community on the market for $4.199 million.

The Spanish-style residence, built in 2005 and recently updated, sits behind a gated entrance on an acre overlooking the greens ...Read more

Even if you want to buy a home, it's harder now to get a loan. Or tap home equity

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While the number of home sales entering escrow has plunged amid the coronavirus pandemic, some people are still touring homes virtually and willing -- at a time of enormous uncertainty -- to make the biggest financial investment of their lives.

What they are finding, however, is lenders aren't always willing to go along.

Mortgage credit is ...Read more

Real estate Q&A: Can a landlord throw away personal documents left behind by a tenant?

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Q: I have had tenants move out and leave behind tax returns, driver's licenses, Social Security cards and other private documents. Do I need to do something special, or can I just throw it away? If someone takes it from the trash, will I have any responsibility, or is it the tenant's fault for leaving it behind? -- Michael

A: Over the years, I ...Read more

When pandemic reality hits reality real estate shows

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Stuck at home? HGTV and the ever-expanding universe of renovation and real estate shows are happy to accommodate -- by serving up even more home time.

Since the novel coronavirus disrupted lives -- and production schedules -- the network has been forced to get creative to keep Americans tuned in to their favorite aspirational programs.

HGTV ...Read more