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Get Real about Real Estate: Appraisal on a refi not reflective of how much property will sell for

Dear Michael: We are in the counter stages of an offer we put on a house. The seller and I are not agreeing on the price. The difference is about $25,000. What should we do? We really love this house…   Answer: This is a personal ch [..]

Dollars and Sense: Market volatility and stock prices

One thing that most investors don't pay too much attention to is the level of volatility occurring in the stock market. It is obvious that stock prices move around, but there are times that the movement is more significant versus other times. The [..]

Dollars and Sense: Impact of lower gasoline prices on American consumers

For anyone who drives, it is apparent that gasoline prices are back down to nearly their lowest levels in a number of years. This is welcome news to many consumers. Of the items that consumers budget for on a regular basis, gasoline is one of the [..]

Get Real about Real Estate: Co-op is very different than Condo’s

Dear Michael: My husband and I previewed a Co-op that we really liked on Sepulveda Boulevard, but we are wary of the term Co-op. We don’t want to get ourselves in a situation that we will regret. Can you please explain what are the differences [..]

Dollars and Sense: Job growth shows improvement

Of the various economic reports that come out, the monthly employment report tends to garner the greatest focus. In addition, when the report is released, it frequently has a significant impact on both the bond and stock market — if the data di [..]

The Long View: Return to Pacific Ocean brings waves of good vibes

One of my South Bay stay’s highlights was being close to the ocean. I fondly recall when growing up in Gardena how my family spent time at the seaside. When bringing my own sons to California, a trip or two to the beach was always an important [..]

Get Real about Real Estate: Tenant eviction can be a tricky proposition

Dear Michael: I am selling my home without an agent and would like to know what are some of the things I should be sure to write in the contract? Answer: The seller could be entitled to damages (earnest deposit) if the buyer does not fulfill his/her [..]

Letting Off Steam: When you’re whining, you’re not winning

It is with a heavy heart I report to you that I have recently declared WHINING the new national pastime (not to be confused with winning). It is beyond demoralizing to me as I witness this undeniable descent into a crybaby mentality culture. We, m [..]

Stage Page: ‘Hello Dolly’ celebrates personal drive of Dolly Levi

With Book by Michael Stewart. Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman, HELLO DOLLY presented by 3D Theatricals ended its run on Sunday, Aug. 7 at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical based on the play “The [..]

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