| Jan 19, 2014
New players in the ever-annoying world of air carriers. New perks for visitors to Vegas. New ways to get around town. Travel continues to evolve, sometimes in great ways, sometimes in ways that make us want to stick out our tongues. The travel treat and...
| Jan 19, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Despite a mixed performance in 2013, the Southern California office market improved slightly overall as the year finished with small increases in occupancy and rents.
The ever-popular Westside continued to lead the way as active leasing helped landlords...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 3:25 PM
A member of Tinley Park's Economic Commercial Commission thinks offering temporary quarters in currently vacant buildings on South Oak Park Avenue could entice some mom and pop businesses to relocate from their homes and garages.
But the village's...
| Jan 21, 2014
When Frederick Dintzis returns his rental car to Enterprise, it tells him the car looks fine. But four hours later, all is not well. The underside of his car has been damaged, it claims. It wants him to pay for the repairs. Is that fair?
| Jan 26, 2014
| 5:00 AM
It's one thing to manage a rental house when it's nearby. But it's another process entirely when the rental is in a distant vacation retreat. Unfortunately, many second-home buyers find that out the hard way.
According to a survey by HomeAway, an online...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 5:52 PM
Fred Sands, whose name once was posted on for-sale signs on houses all over Los Angeles' affluent Westside, quit selling homes more than a decade ago. But he has quietly built another real estate empire.
The striving son of a New York cabby and small-...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 12:06 PM
The number of American renters paying unaffordable amounts for housing reached an all-time high last year, as tenants grappled with rising rents and meager income growth, a new report says.
About 21.1 million households paid more than 30% of their...
| Dec 12, 2013
The recent announcement of the elimination of 191 jobs at the Saks retail distribution center in Aberdeen – which once employed about 600 people and went through an earlier round of cuts last year – is a reminder to some of us that the...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 11:53 AM
The State Department of Agriculture is investigating the fate of more than 1,200 cats transferred from Chicago's Animal Control Department to a suburban animal shelter this year, after complaints alleged that dozens of felines were being kept under...
| Dec 15, 2013
The new homeowners on your block could be from out of town — Wall Street.
After amassing significant rental portfolios elsewhere, deep-pocketed institutional investors are descending on the Chicago area, buying up thousands of single-family homes...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Question: In looking recently at Enterprise's car rental rates in the Los Angeles area, I notice that it stipulates that the car must remain in California, Arizona and Nevada. I chose another agency that did not have such a restriction. Do they have a...