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Be a showoff when marketing your home’s features

There are certainly things that make your home unique. Maybe it is the view, your recent upgrades, or the location that sets your home apart. Even with the introduction of iBuyer options, most sellers still are using traditional methods like agents, online marketing, open houses, and individual showings to sell their homes. Here are a few more marketing techniques you may want to use to emphasize your home’s many unique features. Community magazines: Does your community publish a periodic newspa...
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Are you ‘Kondo’ing’ your home? There’s a hidden tax benefit to tidying up

Americans are cleaning house thanks in part to Marie Kondo, author of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which has sold more than 4 million copies. Kondo makes the case that traditional methods of cleaning room by room are futile. Unnecessary belongings are moved first to corners, then to closets, spare rooms, and eventually to garages and storage units. As a result, with traditional housekeeping methods, we are always cleaning. Her KonMari Method is different, she claims, because it involve...
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Allen Buchanan: Is your building ownership a mirror image?

Commercial real estate ownership is a beautiful thing for many owners. What other investment can you own and experience the tax advantages of depreciation, passive income treatment, and capital gains all while the asset is appreciating? If you own a business that occupies your commercial real estate — even better! Now, you have the occupant (tenant) paying you (landlord) rent. I’ve witnessed this structure numerous times over the years and it works the majority of the time. Today’s column is cen...
Tags: Business, Uncategorized, Advice, Commercial Real Estate, Real Estate

Uber drivers prepare to strike over 25 percent cut in wages

Uber drivers from Los Angeles and Orange counties plan to gather in Redondo Beach on Monday to protest a recent 25 percent wage cut and will demand that drivers earn at least $28 an hour. The one-day strike is being coordinated by Rideshare Drivers United, an independent association that seeks fair pay, transparency and a voice for drivers who work for Uber, Lyft and other rideshare services. “We plan to make some noise and create a ruckus to get the 25 percent back that they stole,” said Ridesh...
Tags: Business, Transportation, Uber

Long-time Southern California real estate exec retiring from Irvine Co.

Ray Wirta, 75. (Photo courtesy of the Irvine Co.) Ray Wirta, a long-time real estate executive who ran some of Southern California’s most iconic development and commercial real estate ventures, announced he’s retiring from his current job as corporate president of the Irvine Co., capping a four-decade career in banking, development and commercial real estate. Wirta, 75, joined the Orange County-based land-development and commercial investment firm nine years ago in the depths of the Great Rec...
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If you had the money, would you pay off a college admissions officer? 1 in 4 parents say they would, a new poll finds

If you had the money, would you bribe a college official to get your child admitted? Fifteen percent of all American adults would answer yes, according to a new poll. And that number rises to 25 percent for adults who actually have children ages 18 and under. It’s a hypothetical question, but certainly a revealing ethical one. There’s been a flood of outrage over the recent college admissions scandal, in which federal prosecutors charged parents with everything from paying off testing proctors t...
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How to avoid messages from the dead: 6 tips from Facebook

My last Facebook Messenger text to my mother-in-law was on Jan. 27.  “How are you feeling?” I asked. Lung cancer devastates quickly. She died a few days later. And like so many who lose loved ones, I posted a tribute to her on my Facebook page as the family gathered for her funeral. Imagine my shock, then, when she wrote back on March 6. Messages from my deceased mother-in-law. (Screenshot by Teri Sforza/SCNG, The Orange County Register) “I am feeling very good now. It’s really very silent h...
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Facebook messages from the dead, and how to avoid them

My last Facebook Messenger text to my mother-in-law was on Jan. 27.  “How are you feeling?” I asked. Lung cancer devastates quickly. She died a few days later. And like so many who lose loved ones, I posted a tribute to her on my Facebook page as the family gathered for her funeral. Imagine my shock, then, when she wrote back on March 6. “I am feeling very good now. It’s really very silent here. How are you all doing?” the Messenger message said. Then, a few minutes later: “I hope that you are g...
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Rich tennis fans vie for five-year, £100,000 Centre Court tickets

Demand will far exceed supply for Wimbledon debentures going on sale next weekThe super-rich will begin battling it out next week for some of the most expensive and exclusive sports tickets in the world: five-year passes for every match on Wimbledon’s Centre Court.The 2021-25 Centre Court debentures are expected to cost £100,000 each, and demand will far exceed the supply of 2,520 tickets that will go on sale at 10am on Thursday. Continue reading...
Tags: UK news, Wimbledon, Tennis, Ticket prices, Travel & leisure, London, Sport, Money, Business, Consumer affairs

After $71 billion merger, new owner Disney begins layoffs of Fox executive ranks

The day after closing its deal to take , The Walt Disney Company began laying off executives at the Century City studio, according to multiple reports Thursday. Among those receiving as 60-day notice was Fox’s Domestic Distribution president Chris Aronson, who issued the following statement: “I am extremely grateful for my time at Twentieth Century Fox under the leadership of Tom, Jim, and Stacey,” Aronson’s statement said, referring to former Fox studio chiefs. “It has been an honor and a priv...
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Energy regulation, climate change policy, is impacting local firms, LA County business leaders say

Energy experts and business leaders gathered at OUE Skyspace above downtown Los Angeles Thursday to discuss the impact of California energy policy on the state’s economy and businesses. Panel members at the forum, held by the Los Angeles County Business Federation, framed the discussion as balancing the need for affordable and reliable energy and the push to meet California’s ambitions climate goals. Related links Los Angeles to close 3 power plants in aggressive move toward green energy G...
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Are agents getting kickbacks for mortgage, escrow referrals?

What’s up with mortgage rates? Jeff Lazerson of Mortgage Grader in Laguna Niguel gives us his take. Rate news summary From Freddie Mac’s weekly survey:  The 30-year fixed averaged 4.28 percent, down 3 basis points to the lowest average since Feb. 1, 2018. The 15-year fixed rate averaged 3.71 percent, down 5 basis points from last week. The Mortgage Bankers Association reported a 1.6 percent increase in loan application volume from the previous week. Bottom line: Mortgage payments now are lower t...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, California, Housing, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Mortgage, Feb, Freddie Mac, Dre, FHA, Laguna Niguel, Horn, Orange Counties, the Mortgage Bankers Association

Jail time for overzealous parents? Admissions scandal raises big questions about a college degree’s value

So, how much is an undergraduate college degree worth? I will let others ponder the state of modern morality in light of news that some wealthy parents apparently deserve an A-plus in cheating: If the indictments are true, they literally bought their kids’ way into high-brow universities. But one financial question circling the Orange County-centered college-admission scandal is something that keeps almost every parent of high schoolers awake at night … What’s the return on investment, so to spe...
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Hispanic entrepreneurs more optimistic in business survey, and they’re hiring

Hispanic entrepreneurs are feeling better about their businesses and the nation’s economy than other business owners, a new report reveals. Bank of America’s 2019 Hispanic Small Business Owner Spotlight survey says 51 percent of Hispanic-owned businesses plan to hire more workers this year compared with 26 percent of non-Hispanic owned companies. Moreover, 87 percent of Hispanic businesses plan to expand their operations compared with 67 percent of all other businesses. ESCO Aerospace Manufactur...
Tags: Business, Taxes, Small Business, California, Los Angeles, Bank Of America, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Loans, Lockheed Martin, Hispanic, Trump, Northrop Grumman, La Puente, Fontana

What’s a centibillionaire? Ask Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, the only members of the $100 Billion Club

Bloomberg tracks the fortunes of some 2,800 billionaires. Of those, 145 are worth at least $10 billion, making them decabillionaires. Now, the world contains two centibillionaires simultaneously. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, once the world’s richest person, has again eclipsed the $100 billion threshold, joining’s Jeff Bezos in the exclusive club, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Gates’s fortune, now $100 billion on the nose, hasn’t reached such heights since the dot-...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Microsoft, France, Los Angeles, Georgia, Spain, Bloomberg, Sport, Soccer, Bill Gates, Warren, Jeff Bezos, Amancio Ortega, Kohl, Bezos

Why most pro athletes — including Mike Trout — are worth every penny of their big money salaries

Angels center fielder Mike Trout has succeeded as a low-key player in a low-key market, and he obviously has decided the stability and the lifestyle were worth agreeing to a 12-year, $426.5 million deal now and staying in Orange County, rather than waiting for 2020 and shooting for a $500 million-plus contract. (Photo by Kyusung Gong, Orange County Register/SCNG) Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons is greeted by teammate Mike Trout as he returns to the dugout after hitting a home run in a 2017...
Tags: Business, Jobs, Angels, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, San Francisco Giants, Baseball, Orange County, Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Forbes

Disney is set to swallow Fox, to become biggest studio in town, with loads of content

Scheduled to close just after midnight EDT Wednesday, The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s filmed entertainment assets makes the Burbank-based Mouse House, for years the most successful movie maker in Hollywood, by far the biggest of the five remaining major studios. “This is an extraordinary and historic moment for us — one that will create significant long-term value for our company and our shareholders,” Robert Iger, Disney’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement Tuesda...
Tags: Star Wars, Business, Hollywood, News, California, Disney, Georgia, Sport, Fox, Netflix, Soccer, Sony, Alvin, Walt Disney Company, Iger, Harrison Ford

After 22 horse deaths at Santa Anita, race cancellations have ‘devastated’ workers, jockeys

The home stretch and stands are empty at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., Thursday, March 7, 2019. Extensive testing of the dirt track is under way at eerily quiet Santa Anita, where the deaths of 21 thoroughbreds in two months has forced the indefinite cancellation of horse racing and thrown the workaday world of trainers, jockeys and horses into disarray. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Animal rights activists protest the deaths of horses at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., Sunday, Mar...
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Business briefly: US stocks give up an early rally; JLL buys HFF in Texas

U.S. stock indexes closed mostly lower Tuesday after a late-afternoon splash of selling erased early gains, ending a weeklong rally. Banks accounted for much of the decline, along with utilities and industrial companies. Those losses offset gains in health care, technology and consumer products stocks. The S&P 500 index slipped 0.37 points, or 0.01 percent, to 2,832.57. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 26.72 points, or 0.1 percent, to 25,887.38. The Nasdaq composite gained 9.47 points, o...
Tags: Europe, Business, Elon Musk, Texas, US, Tesla, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, Treasury, Manhattan, Dallas, SEC, Securities And Exchange Commission, Musk, Commercial Real Estate

House prices see tiny gains as sales continue to decline, Realtors report

House prices fell in Orange County last month, the only local market in the region to see declines, a report by the California Association of Realtors shows. But price gains remained tepid throughout Southern California, a possible sign the region’s 6 1/2-year streak of steadily increasing values could be over. The median price of an existing Orange County house fell 1.6 percent year over year in February, decreasing to $792,500 from over $805,000 in February 2018, CAR reported Tuesday, March 19...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Housing, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, Southern California, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, California Association Of Realtors, Housing Data, Jared Martin, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR

Jury verdict: Roundup weed killer was a major factor in man’s cancer

Bayer AG lost the first phase of a trial over claims its Roundup weed killer causes cancer and now moves to a second phase to determine liability and damages in the case of a man who sprayed the herbicide on his property for decades. The next stage will be a steeper climb: jurors will hear evidence, including damaging emails, that the company manipulated public opinion to bury health concerns and promote sales of the bestselling herbicide. After Bayer lost its first U.S. trial over Roundup, Tues...
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Tesla has new rival in quest to make solar rooftops happen

Elon Musk recently declared 2019 as the “year of the solar roof.” Tesla’s chief executive officer may be right — but not in the way he’s expecting. While the automaker tries to ramp up production of its textured glass, solar cell-embedded rooftop tiles, another group of formidable rivals is emerging: roofers. One of the largest roofing companies in the world has begun offering its own version of a solar roof — essentially panels laid right up against the top of a house and surrounded by shingles...
Tags: Business, Elon Musk, New York, California, Housing, Tesla, Sport, Soccer, Construction, Musk, Sunrun, GAF, Saint Gobain, Cowen Co, Vivint, Jeff Osborne

Portland researchers behind major new helmet tech launched by Trek/Bontrager

WaveCel’s “collapsible cellular membrane” showed much better results in initial lab tests than traditional foam or MIPS. A local company has played a major role in the development of a new helmet released today by Bontrager, a bicycle part and accessory brand owned by Trek Bicycle Corporation. Bontrager says the WaveCel technology used in their new line of helmets, “disrupts 30 years of accepted safety standards.” The company says research proves WaveCel is up to 48X more effective than common ...
Tags: Business, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Products, Helmets, TBI, Mtb, MIPS, Clackamas, Bontrager, Jonathan Maus, Madey, BP Headlines, Bontrager WaveCel

Longstanding Sherman Oaks newsstand re-opens with new business model but not much news

When Tarzana resident Dana Belle bought the Sherman Oaks Newsstand three years ago – a 90-foot-long booth selling an array of local and international magazines, periodicals and newspapers – she didn’t pay much mind to the imperiled nature of the print journalism industry. “I wanted to own a piece of L.A. that’s history,” she said Monday of the business at the corner of Ventura and Van Nuys boulevards that was once a bustling outdoor library for curious-minded locals. She saw value in the nostalg...
Tags: Amazon, Business, News, Media, Youtube, La, Sport, Soccer, Playboy, Local-news, Belle, Magic Johnson, Southwest Airlines, Cvs, Ventura, Daily News

Carson refinery fire will likely fuel price hikes at gas pump

The Marathon Petroleum refinery looms in the background behind a Shell and Chevron gas station in Carson on Monday, Mar. 18, 2019. Gas prices will probably rise following the fire at the nearby Phillips 66 refinery on Friday. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) A partial shutdown of the Phillips 66 refinery in Carson — when combined with temporary closures of two other facilities on the West Coast — began driving up pump prices Monday in Southern California, according to oil industry e...
Tags: Business, News, Washington, Fire, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Epa, West Coast, Local News, Shell, Gas Prices, Chevron, Richmond, Southern California, Los Angeles County

Business briefly: Apple refreshes iPad lineup, with larger entry-level model

Apple is refreshing its 7.9-inch iPad Mini, seen here, for the first time in more than three years. The Mini will have the same chip as the Air, along with support for the Apple Pencil stylus. But the Mini won’t have an optional keyboard attachment, unlike the new Air and Pro models. It will cost $399, more expensive than the larger, but older 9.7-inch iPad. (Courtesy of Apple) Apple has unveiled a new iPad that’s thinner and slightly larger than its current entry-level tablet.The new iPad Ai...
Tags: Apple, Business, Technology, Sport, Soccer, Treasury, Air, Federal Reserve, Boeing, Apple Pencil, Fed, The Fed, Apple Apple, Edwards Lifesciences, Jerome Powell, Apple Pencil Courtesy of Apple Apple

Home sales in Southern California have slowed to the lowest level since 2008

January is typically the slowest month for home sales. This year, sales statewide in the first month were the slowest of any month since April 2008. Has the real estate market cooled in California? Yes, since price gains have slowed. On the level There might be some good news for Californians stretching to buy a home. The statewide median home price declined to $538,690 in January. The statewide median price was down 3.4 percent from $557,600 in December and up 2.1 percent in January from a revi...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, California News, Los Angeles, Infographic, Sport, Soccer, Homes, Bay Area, Southern California, Los Angeles Orange, California Association Of Realtors, Jared Martin

Supreme Court lets ruling stand against resort owner who refused to rent to lesbian couple from Long Beach

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place Hawaii court rulings that found a bed and breakfast owner violated the state’s anti-discrimination law by refusing to rent a room to a lesbian couple. The justices rejected an appeal from Aloha Bed & Breakfast owner Phyllis Young, who argued that she should be allowed to turn away gay couples because of her religious beliefs. “Mrs. Young will rent a bedroom in her home to anyone, including those who are LGBT, but will not rent to any romantic partne...
Tags: Business, News, Supreme Court, Sport, Soccer, Hawaii, Long Beach, Catholic, Lgbtq, Local News, Young, U S Supreme Court, Long Beach California, Hawaii Supreme Court, Phyllis Young, Cervelli

Alan B. Krueger, economic adviser to Clinton and Obama, dies at 58

Princeton University economist Alan Krueger, who served as chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers and was one of the profession’s top experts on the labor market, died over the weekend. He was 58. The New Jersey school announced his death in a statement on its website Monday, without giving a cause. The university didn’t immediately respond to a request for additional information. Krueger, who had been a professor at Princeton since 1987, served in Obama’s White House ...
Tags: Business, Obama, White House, Barack Obama, Sport, Soccer, Harvard University, New Jersey, Bill Clinton, Princeton, Clinton, Princeton University, Treasury Department, CEA, Council of Economic Advisers, Krueger

Lyft looks to raise up to $2.1 billion in year’s biggest U.S. IPO

Lyft is seeking to raise as much as $2.1 billion in its initial public offering, valuing the firm at almost $20 billion. The No. 2 U.S. ride-hailing giant is offering 30.8 million shares at $62 to $68 each, it said in a regulatory filing Monday. At the top of that range and including a potential overallotment of shares to investors the market valuation would reach $19.6 billion, based on the total numbers of shares outstanding after the IPO as detailed in the filing. At the targeted range, the S...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Business, Ipo, Uncategorized, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, SEC, Logan Green, John Zimmer, U S Securities Exchange Commission, Uber Technologies Inc, Slack Technologies Inc, Nasdaq Global Market, Snap Inc

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