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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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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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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 Amazon.com’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...
Tags: Business, California, Kentucky, Sport, Soccer, Arkansas, Berkeley, Major League Baseball, Arcadia, County, Southern California, Lexington KY, Anita, Stronach, Stronach Group, Los Alamitos


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...
Tags: Business, New York, California, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Monsanto, Bayer, Mary, Bayer AG, Pavlik, Monsanto Co, Hodgkin, HARDEMAN, Vince Chhabria, Top Stories LADN


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


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


Warner Bros. CEO ousted over relationship with actress

Warner Bros. Chief Executive Officer Kevin Tsujihara is leaving the studio over allegations that he had a sexual relationship with an actress he helped promote, adding to the number of Hollywood moguls toppled by scandal. Tsujihara brings fresh upheaval to a business acquired by AT&T Inc. last year, underscoring the challenges of transforming itself from a telecom giant into a media conglomerate. John Stankey, head of the company’s WarnerMedia, announced Tsujihara’s departure on Monday, saying t...
Tags: Business, Hollywood, Time Warner, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, People, Soccer, Ocean, Warner Bros, Stanford University, University Of Southern California, James Packer, Kevin Tsujihara, Kevin, Kirk


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


iBuyer companies want to buy your Southern California home

Travis Page, owner of Clover’s Lawn Service, rakes leaves at an Opendoor house on Joltaire Way in Winchester in December. Opendoor became the fourth iBuyer to start operating in Southern California. Although iBuyers have been active since 2014, the online home-buying model didn’t reach Southern California until 2017. (Photo by Frank Bellino, contributing photographer) Southern California is relatively new to the iBuyer trend, which prefers markets with large expanses of cookie cutter tract ho...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Real Estate, Minneapolis, California, Housing, Oregon, Time, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Arizona, Innovation, Long Beach, Kansas City, Seattle


Trucking companies are hiring felons to fill thousands of driver openings

A Knight Transportation truck returns to its Fontana facility on Friday, March 8, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) A Knight Transportation truck leaves its Fontana facility on Friday, March 8, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds A Knight Transportation truck leaves its Fontana facility on Friday, March 8, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Show ...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Florida, California, Sport, Soccer, Presley, Phoenix, Robinson, Kearney, Fontana, Knight, Irwindale, American Trucking Associations, Karl Robinson, Rosemead


What’s an iBuyer? These companies will buy your home quicker, but at what cost?

Travis Page, owner of Clover’s Lawn Service, rakes leaves at an Opendoor house on Joltaire Way in Winchester in December. Opendoor became the fourth iBuyer to start operating in Southern California. Although iBuyers have been active since 2014, the online home-buying model didn’t reach Southern California until 2017. (Photo by Frank Bellino, contributing photographer) Southern California is relatively new to the iBuyer trend, which prefers markets with large expanses of cookie cutter tract ho...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Real Estate, Minneapolis, Housing, Oregon, Time, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Arizona, Innovation, Long Beach, Kansas City, Seattle, Riverside County


See which iBuyers are operating in Southern California

iBuyers — or companies that buy homes directly from owners — first surfaced in Southern California in January 2017, when RedfinNow paid $285,000 for a four-bedroom house in Hemet. Here’s a brief description of the five iBuyers now operating in the region. RedfinNow: Owned by Redfin.com, a discount brokerage, it has purchased at least 164 homes since January 2017 in San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange and Los Angeles counties. Offerpad: The Arizona company has bought at least 94 homes s...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Housing, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Arizona, San Diego, Zillow, Redfin, Southern California, Inland Empire, Hemet, Paul Reddam, CashCall, Top Stories LADN


HOA Homefront: Drought’s over, must our cactus go, too?

Q: After my HOA approved my drought-tolerant design, they asked me to add ‘more and bigger plants’ which violates Civil section 4735(e). Are the regulations still in place after May 2017? And if they are in effect, who do I get in touch with to help me enforce them? — I.D., Vista A: Associations cannot ban drought-tolerant landscaping, as Civil Code 4735 still is in force. The part of that statute which no longer applies is part (c), which bars associations from penalizing members who let their ...
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Read the real estate tea leaves if you need to move (sell) the property

Hours of prospecting, client meetings, and presentations have resulted in a new assignment. Awesome! You’ve carefully scrutinized each sale and lease deal. You’re up to speed on your competition, touring each building with which you compete. Prepared is your owner. She understands the tax impact of a sale or the origination costs of a lease and is on board. All that’s left is to produce that glossy brochure, plant that sign, call the neighbors, and publish in the multiple listing service. Now th...
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Sellers, be prepared for a home showing every day

With the spring market in full bloom, you may want to pull the trigger on getting your house sold to make your next move. This is the best time of the year for sellers. Demand is on the rise, and the average time it will take to sell a home is half of what it was just last January. If you decide to list your house, in addition to purging, cleaning, painting and staging, you may want to add a showing routine to your day. The last thing you want is to leave for work one day and get a call for a sh...
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3 reasons you don’t move on with life — and how to fix that

It is perhaps the hardest thing in life to let go, whether one is letting go of loss, love, anger, or guilt. Change is not easy, even if the thing we are trying to hang on to is no longer accessible to us. Why do we find ourselves frozen in place when we know it is necessary to move forward? There can be several reasons. Here are 3 that come up most often: If I move forward, I’ll need to create a new identity Human beings hang on to unhealthy circumstances because they have become accustomed t...
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