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Looking to score $10-million sale

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LOS ANGELES -- Reggie Bush is off to the races on the Westside of Los Angeles. The Southern California football star and his wife, Lilit, have put their Pacific Palisades home of five years on the market for $9.995 million.

The contemporary-style house -- taken down to the studs and rebuilt about a decade ago -- combines glass, stone and ...Read more

Renters are being forced out of Philadelphia apartments to make way for tourists

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PHILADELPHIA -- Residents of the Lofts at 509 Vine apartments near Philadelphia's historic Old City are to be replaced with business travelers and tourists, as the property becomes the latest in the city to fall under the control of a new breed of tech-enabled startups that are converting residential real estate into visitor accommodations.

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'Super commuters' not slowing down in California. Lack of housing to blame

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The majority of Californians drive to work, but an increasing number face commutes well over an hour-long to reach jobs in larger cities. For now, at least, the rise of the super commuter is not slowing down, according to an analysis of census data by Apartment List.

In 2017, 41 out of 58 counties saw at least moderate growth in the share of ...Read more

Real estate Q&A: My great condo deal could now cost me a ton of money

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Q: I got a great deal on a condo that the seller had bought at a foreclosure sale and cleaned up. I used my savings and did not take a mortgage. Now I am concerned that I did not get such a great deal because the condo association is demanding a lot of money. To make matters worse, I just got a letter from a mortgage company demanding payment. ...Read more

Once listed for $1 billion. Sold for $100,000. What just happened?

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LOS ANGELES -- A heated court battle, a last-second offer and a sparsely attended auction behind a fountain in Pomona -- this chapter of the famed Mountain of Beverly Hills ends not with a princely sum but a sale price more like that of a sports car.

Touted as the city's finest undeveloped piece of land, the 157-acre property redefined the ...Read more

Can this co-living experiment make housing affordable for middle-class seniors?

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NEW HOLLAND, Pa. -- Deep in the rolling farmland of Lancaster County, Pa., sits an experiment meant to address two of the great, looming crises of American aging: loneliness and access to safe, affordable senior housing.

The Thistledown Co-living House, built in New Holland a little over a year ago with the help of community volunteers, is a ...Read more

Hot-pink 'emoji house' is eyeing a new owner in Manhattan Beach

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The emoji-sporting hot-pink house that launched a neighborhood brouhaha in Manhattan Beach, Calif., is on the market.

The beach-adjacent property was listed Monday for $1.749 million, two weeks after homeowners and renters in the El Porto neighborhood raised objections to the paint job at a City Council meeting.

The battle between homeowner ...Read more

Uber signs massive office lease in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- Uber Technologies has signed a 10-year lease for a massive amount of office space at The Old Post Office, giving it room for thousands of employees.

Uber on Monday confirmed it will occupy 463,000 square feet, becoming the building's largest tenant. The Tribune reported in May that the California-based technology company was ...Read more

CEO pay in last four decades grew 940.3% while average worker up 11.9%

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CEO pay in the last four decades has grown 940.3% while the pay of an average worker increased 11.9% over the same time period.

That is what the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit think tank based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on the low- and middle-income Americans, found in a study released last week.

The study's authors tracked CEO ...Read more

Riding into a Hidden Hills retreat

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LOS ANGELES -- Actor John Stamos has joined the likes of Britney Spears, Drake and the Kardashians in Hidden Hills, where he has purchased an equestrian estate for $5.75 million.

Set on 1.5 acres, the Cape Cod-inspired traditional residence is markedly different from the rustic Country French-style house the "Full House" star is currently ...Read more

High cost of housing cuts into food, utilities study says

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More than a third of Americans have been forced to cut spending on essential items like food and utilities to afford housing, according to a Freddie Mac study.

About 42% of renters and 33% of homeowners have had to reduce the money spent on essentials to cover the cost of housing during the prior two years, the report said. Overall, 62% of ...Read more

Carla Fried: Is your car holding you financially hostage?

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Saving money is increasingly a way-too-big ask for many households. Nearly one in four households say they have no emergency savings. Few report being on track with retirement savings. And rising home prices make it hard for many renters to think they will ever pull together a down payment.

To be sure, wage growth has been anemic for years, ...Read more

Susan Tompor: Now, a new way to estimate next year's tax refund

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Summer will soon be fading out of view and, like it or not, 2019 will move toward a close.

So what exactly have you done to withhold more money out of your paycheck to cover that 2019 tax bill?

If you need a motivator, the Internal Revenue Service has launched its much-anticipated new Tax Withholding Estimator. The calculator reportedly makes ...Read more

Land values in these two states are growing faster than in California

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Across the country, the price of land occupied by single-family homes ticked up from 2012 to 2017. But despite soaring housing costs in California, the Golden State didn't rise to the top of the list.

According to a recent report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, both Nevada and Colorado actually outpaced ...Read more

On Philanthropy: Don't let disaster philanthropy become a philanthropic disaster

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Hurricanes, floods, tornados, tsunamis, wildfires, earthquakes, droughts -- and more. Such "natural" disasters are happening with greater frequency, many accelerated by our rapidly changing climate.

"Man-made" disasters such as shootings at schools, concerts, houses of worship and workplaces are also occurring at alarming rates.

All of these ...Read more

Marijuana stores on Chicago's Mag Mile? Cannabis companies aim to redefine 'high street' retail

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CHICAGO -- Cannabis companies are eyeing sites on some of the priciest retail streets in Chicago, including the Magnificent Mile, as they get ready to sell recreational marijuana in Illinois.

Dispensaries have opened in marquee retail spots around the country -- like Fifth Avenue in New York and a mile from the Las Vegas strip. Chicago's turn ...Read more

Vanguard investors jolted with wrong prices from stock markets

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As investment values slipped again Monday -- with U.S. stocks down, and bond yields also off on China trade war fears -- Vanguard Group investors got an extra jolt when the Malvern, Pa. company showed some of its popular funds falling much farther.

Vanguard, which invests more than $5 trillion in clients' money in mutual funds and exchange-...Read more

Amid housing crisis, Culver City is the latest town to cap rents

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Culver City approved a temporary rent control measure early Tuesday morning, joining a handful of other Southern California cities that have boosted tenant protections as the state grapples with an affordability crisis.

In a 4 to 1 vote that followed a five-hour discussion, the city council capped annual increases to 3% in buildings built on or...Read more

Apartment owners race to add luxury amenities

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Competition for tenants who can pay top rents has grown so fierce that landlords are loading up their new buildings with goodies unheard of in years past when a swimming pool and laundry room were considered ample enticements for renters.

In a new downtown Los Angeles apartment complex, residents could be found on a recent hot Friday afternoon ...Read more

The Journey: The financial complications of getting married later in life

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Whether due to gray divorce or early widowhood, retirement planning increasingly needs to include a new partner. And often, it couldn't come at a trickier time.

Remarriage rates among those 55 and older increased by 15 percentage points between 1960 and 2013, according to Pew Research Center. And during the period from the mid-1990s to early in...Read more


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