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This Hollywood coworking space is 'what architecture might look like post-COVID'

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LOS ANGELES - Remember coworking? When independent workers and start-up entrepreneurs would pile into communal offices, sharing overhead and necessities like printers, bathrooms and ventilation systems? A fantastic idea for saving money on real estate and office infrastructure. Not so hot when you're trying to prevent the spread of mortal ...Read more


Real estate Q&A: Who should fix water line to a townhouse?

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Q: I live in a townhouse where the water meters are near the parking lot. Who is responsible for repairing the water line from the meter to the individual townhouse unit? Is it the townhouse unit owner, or is it the association because the water line is in the common area? - Clara

A: When you live in a community association, you agree to live ...Read more

For $30, you can spend a night in 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' estate

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If the lyric "West Philadelphia, born and raised" takes you back to the '90s, wait until you roll up to Will Smith's "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" crib.

The multi-hyphenate talent-turned-Airbnb host is opening his former TV home to groups of up to two Los Angeles County residents (with IDs and from the same household in strict ...Read more

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Facebook will buy REI's unused Bellevue headquarters complex, signalling offices are still relevant

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SEATTLE - Facebook will buy REI's so-new-it's-never-been-used Bellevue, Wash., campus for nearly $368 million, the social media giant announced today.

The move further consolidates Facebook's Eastside mini-empire in the upscale, multiuse Spring District east of I-405. Before the acquisition of the 400,000-square-foot REI offices, Facebook was ...Read more

Susan Tompor: Get a game plan for paying student loan debt in 2021

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September is traditionally a time for back to school and, even in a time of COVID-19 restrictions, September was to be the month when student loan payments got back on track.

Well, like a lot of things, we're looking at yet another new game plan here. And it's one that savvy consumers might be able to use to their advantage.

Borrowers across ...Read more


Dealmakers clinch $68 billion of M&A in year's busiest weekend

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A blockbuster Sunday of takeovers has bled into Monday for the fastest start to a week for global dealmaking so far this year.

Companies led by Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp. and U.S. pharmaceuticals group Gilead Sciences Inc. announced $68 billion of deals, the highest tally for the start of a week since late November 2019, ...Read more

Life skills: You still don't know your longtime neighbor's name. Is it too late to ask?

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Q: One of your neighbors has greeted you by name for years, and you never got around to asking for a refresher on his name. Is it too late to ask now?

A: Oh my, if it has truly been years of greeting one another, then this is quite a conundrum.

Generally speaking, it's best to get in that name refresher ask no later than the second or ...Read more


Carla Fried: Interest rates and gas prices are low — voila, car loan binge

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The average new car loan in the second quarter of this year was $36,072, according to Experian Automotive, nearly $4,000 more than the typical loan a year earlier.

That would be a startling jump in a booming economy where jobs are secure, but in the midst of a recession expected to have long-lasting effects on job security, it's remarkable.

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Hot Property: James Cameron seeks a titanic haul for Malibu compound

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LOS ANGELES - Oscar-winning director James Cameron is eyeing a blockbuster sale in Malibu. His prized compound, a collection of two mansions he's owned for decades, hit the market last week at $25 million.

Cameron, a film industry veteran whose scores of credits include "The Terminator" and "Titanic," began compiling the estate in the late ...Read more


Manhattan apartment listings soar, pushing vacancies to a record

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Manhattan apartments are piling up on the market - and it's getting harder to fill them.

Rental listings jumped to a record 15,025 at the end of August, more then double the inventory from a year earlier, according to a report Thursday by appraiser Miller Samuel Inc. and brokerage Douglas Elliman Real Estate. The borough's vacancy rate reached ...Read more

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As homes become offices, gyms and more, COVID-19 has upended how we think our living spaces should work

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CHICAGO - Your home is working overtime during the pandemic. For many, what was once just a dwelling has become classroom, office, restaurant, gym, movie theater and more. COVID-19 has not only kept most of us confined to our quarters for the past six months - it has also altered the very definition of home.

As homebuyers increasingly seek out ...Read more


Language in Seattle-area rental ads divides neighborhoods along racial lines, study finds

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SEATTLE - New research from the University of Washington offers some clues as to why, more than 50 years after the federal government banned housing discrimination, Seattle's neighborhoods remain segregated by race.

The study, published last month in the peer-reviewed journal Social Forces, suggests that language in rental ads may have racially...Read more

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What will happen to Seattle's empty office towers when COVID-19 ends?

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SEATTLE - As many white-collar employers extend into next year the work-from-home policies they instituted in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a vast amount of vertical space in downtown Seattle is leased but empty.

The vacant space amounts to more than 700 football fields, by one estimate - acres of desks, with knickknacks and mementos ...Read more

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From free rent to gift cards, landlords are trying to entice renters with bargains

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PHILADELPHIA - Touted as a boutique luxury apartment building in the nexus of a tony suburb just outside Philadelphia, the Delwyn in Bala Cynwyd planned to open in the spring and charge as much as $2,430 a month for its biggest units.

After the pandemic delayed construction, the Delwyn was ready to open in September. And with a concession: no ...Read more

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Real estate Q&A: Can my partner's children break my lease after he dies?

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Q: My partner and I live together in his house. He wants to leave the house to his children but gave me a lease agreement that allows me to continue living here if he passes away. If this happens, can his children sell the property and break the lease? - Kelly

A: Property ownership is sometimes called a bundle of rights.

When someone rents out...Read more


'Should I buy ammo?' Financial planners field difficult questions during pandemic, election

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If clients of financial planners are a barometer, people are worried about the future. "I've gotten the question a couple times, 'Colby, should I stock up on weapons and ammunition?' " said Colby Winslow, a personal wealth manager with Creative Planning in Orlando, Fla.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, financial planners have been getting ...Read more

Social Graces: Here's how to kindly uninvite wedding guests during the coronavirus pandemic

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Q: Your wedding is approaching, and you need to limit the number of guests in attendance to follow social distancing guidelines. How should you uninvite people?

A: Uninviting guests is much easier than it normally would be because no one is going to be surprised that a global pandemic has forced you to modify your wedding plans. You may even...Read more

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Seattle landlords sue governor, mayor over eviction moratoriums

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A small group of Seattle landlords is suing Mayor Jenny Durkan and Gov. Jay Inslee over the constitutionality of city and state eviction moratoriums, which in Seattle's case has been extended to December to protect people who can't pay rent amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The suit, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Seattle, comes two ...Read more

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Hot Property: 'Big Bang' star Kunal Nayyar finds harmony in the housing market

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LOS ANGELES - It's a wrap in the Hollywood Hills, where "The Big Bang Theory" star Kunal Nayyar has sold his secluded compound for $3.895 million.

The sale arrives about a year after Nayyar and his wife, model-actress Neha Kapur, upgraded in a major way, dropping $7.5 million on a 1920s Tudor in Hancock Park once owned by Nicolas Cage.

Their ...Read more

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Macy's to abandon some shopping malls, move into smaller stores

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Macy's is moving out.

The department store chain is planning to abandon its core position as an anchor tenant at some shopping malls and move into smaller, standalone stores in an effort to regain footing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

With the holiday shopping season right around the corner, and with malls struggling for business, the company...Read more