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Hot Property: Dennis Quaid breaks tie to Pacific Palisades home

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LOS ANGELES -- It's a wrap in the Pacific Palisades, where Dennis Quaid has sold his home for $5.9 million. That's down about $600,000 from what the actor originally sought last summer.

Built in 1929, the home has stayed in touch with its architectural roots, offering leaded glass windows, an ivy-draped facade and plenty of wood and tile ...Read more

Few black people get home mortgages in Detroit, data show

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DETROIT -- White people make up just 10 percent of Detroit's population but got nearly half of the home mortgage loans made in 2017 for which the race of the applicant was known.

That data point and several more show that the mortgage market in Detroit, while improving in recent years, remains anemic at best and, at worst, nonexistent in many ...Read more

Few black people get home mortgages in Detroit, data show

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DETROIT -- White people make up just 10 percent of Detroit's population but got nearly half of the home mortgage loans made in 2017 for which the race of the applicant was known.

That data point and several more show that the mortgage market in Detroit, while improving in recent years, remains anemic at best and, at worst, nonexistent in many ...Read more

Real estate Q&A: If you broke it, you're on the hook for repairs

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Q: The tub in my condo flooded and my kitchen and the public hallway were damaged. I do not have insurance. My association wants me to pay for the repairs. Do I have to? -- Alina

Q: I replaced the shutters on my condo with impact windows. Am I responsible for fixing the holes on the exterior? -- Trish

A: If your actions cause damage to another...Read more

The Fox lot is one asset Rupert Murdoch wouldn't sell to Disney — with good reason

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LOS ANGELES -- In the end, the legendary Los Angeles birthplace of what became the vast Fox film empire was just too dear to part with.

The historic lot on Pico Boulevard in Century City was retained by the newly formed Fox Corp., even as Walt Disney Co. absorbed much of 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets in a $71.3-billion deal that put ...Read more

Walmart ending price-matching program in May

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Walmart is discontinuing its Savings Catcher price-matching program on May 14, the company announced to customers.

Walmart, which built its reputation on having THE lowest prices, will end the program that refunded the difference if an eligible item was advertised at a lower price by a competitor. Customers submitted receipts through the free ...Read more

Burger King launches 'Netflix for coffee' with $5 BK Cafe subscription service

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Think of it as Netflix for coffee.

Burger King is offering daily coffee with a $5 monthly subscription fee, according to a news release.

Sign up for the service and you'll get a daily coupon in the BK mobile app good for one small hot brewed coffee for a month. The idea is similar to the subscription business model used by homeandleisure/consumer/home/s-2188719">Read more

Deals & Steals: Free guac and chips and win $500 cash with new Chipotle Rewards program

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Get free guac and chips at Chipotle with the chain's newly launched rewards program.

Join for free and get the free eats with your first purchase to kick things off. You'll also get a free gift on your birthday. The offer for the guac and chips will be loaded to accounts within 48 hours.

The program offers 10 points for each dollar spent. Earn...Read more

One small home is now surrounded by a giant construction zone. Why the owners are staying

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Lucia Capote's hands, agile for a 90-year-old, fly across the piano keys as she plays the classic Mexican love song "Besame Mucho."

But the soulful notes are quickly drowned out by the infernal beep-beep-beeping of a backhoe rumbling in reverse past Capote's sun room.

She walks outside to feed the cat, but has to shout to be heard above the ...Read more

Susan Tompor: IRS warns: That windfall in your bank account might not be yours

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Fraudsters are rolling out a glut of legitimate-looking but fake text messages, emails and social media posts this tax season, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

And many look like they're coming from the IRS when they are not.

"The IRS won't use social media to contact you," said Luis D. Garcia, an IRS spokesman in Detroit.

So if you...Read more

Hot Property: A 'castle' with a tragic history

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LOS ANGELES -- High on an Alhambra hilltop, the French chateau-style mansion owned by Phil Spector -- and where actress Lana Clarkson was slain -- is for sale at $5.5 million.

Called the Pyrenees Castle, the eerie estate dates to 1926, when French immigrant Sylvester Dupuy erected the home to mimic the castles he saw as a child in his native ...Read more

After rent-control's defeat, California lawmakers propose tenant protections

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Four months after California voters rejected an effort to expand rent control, lawmakers are back with a proposal to loosen decades-old restrictions, allowing local governments to place more properties under rent control.

That bill and three others aimed at protecting renters -- through anti-gouging caps, a statewide ...Read more

Real estate Q&A: Doctor's diagnosis is first step to getting help with housing association

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Q: My association is refusing to make accommodations to help me with my disability. What should I do? -- Ray

A: Discrimination in all of its forms is wrong and should be addressed. This includes discrimination in housing against those who are disabled. Under the law, if you have a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits at least...Read more

Philadelphia to launch low-interest loan program that will help residents fix aging homes

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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia officials on Wednesday announced the launch of a low-interest loan program aimed at providing low- and middle-income homeowners with funds to fix up their aging or deteriorating homes.

The program, called Restore, Repair, Renew, will offer Philadelphia residents with credit scores as low as 580 the ability to borrow...Read more

The buyer wanted the house and the car. The seller countered with the cat.

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https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-home-sales-concessions-20190309-story.htmlA mustang and a feline

Jeffrey Young, Sotheby's International Realty: It was probably 20 years ago, before banks would get squirrely about things left behind in homes. The house was in Los Feliz. I had shown it to my client, and in the ...Read more

Deals & Steals: Free Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger, Frosty at Wendy's

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It's not often you can eat for under a buck.

Wendy's is giving away free Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers or Jr. Frostys with purchase with a deal in its mobile app. It's free to download.

Here's how: Buy a small fry and get the burger for free. Or, order a Jr. Frosty for under a dollar and get the burger for free.

Go to the Offers section to see all ...Read more

The Journey: Is your adviser steering you into fee-heavy 529 plan?

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Retirement savers with kids should pay attention to a new crackdown on brokers who sell college savings plans.

Regulators are inviting investment advisers and firms to self-report their sales practices after regulatory reviews found a substantial number of cases in which investors weren't told about varying fees associated with the plans. Firms...Read more

Susan Tompor: Millennials buried in debt can't buy into American Dream

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Amanda Hill, 27, deals with big student loan debt by doing everything she can to keep her other bills small.

"I have cut out all the things that aren't absolutely necessary," Hill said.

She eats out maybe once a month. She limits her driving to control how much she spends on gas. She lives in an apartment in Southfield, Mich., near her job as ...Read more

Our favorite products from the International Home and Housewares Show — from a cocktail machine to a facial recognition door lock

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The International Home and Housewares Show is huge – 16 miles of aisles spread over three buildings at Chicago's McCormick Place, with more than 2,200 vendors displaying some of the latest tech and great design for home goods, along with updates on old favorites.

A few trends remain popular: multifunctional products, eco-friendly items, smart...Read more

New York co-living company plans $100 million expansion with Los Angeles apartment developer

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LOS ANGELES -- Co-living is one the newest trends in urban housing, and it has prompted a New York operator to join with a Los Angeles developer to create $100 million worth of shared, furnished apartments to help meet a projected deep demand in Southern California.

Residents in a co-living complex typically have their own bedroom and bathroom ...Read more

 

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