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Get your credit score ready for the home-buying process

Dear Liz: What score do you need to be approved for a mortgage? Is 520 even close? If not, how do I get that score higher quickly?

Answer: A score of 520 on the usual 300-to-850 FICO scale is pretty bad. Theoretically, you might be able to get a mortgage if you can make a large down payment, but...



2017 was the year LeBron James doubled down in Brentwood

With its ritzy Westside homes and exclusive country clubs, Brentwood has always been a suburb dedicated to luxury. Today, new Hamptons-style mansions are replacing original developments, but its focus on upscale living remains unchanged.

In 2017, Brentwood recorded a little over 200 single-family...



San Diego slips to 32nd in builder interest: Planning groups at fault?

San Diego County slipped from 23rd to 32nd in a national ranking of developer and builder interest among 78 metro areas covered in the Urban Land Institute’s annual “Emerging Trends” report.

The top market was Seattle, followed by Austin, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Raleigh/Durham, N.C.San...

Apartments replacing an old Ikea in Burbank? Some see it as an answer to the housing crunch

The city of Burbank has been going through a growth spurt, adding more than 16,500 jobs from 2010 to 2016 as employers such as Warner Bros. Entertainment boosted payrolls.

But, like much of Southern California, the city’s housing supply hasn’t kept up. Burbank built only 294 homes during that period,...



Neighborhood Spotlight: Bell's advantageous location bumps its past scandal down a few pegs

In the 1800s, the king of Spain was in the habit of extravagantly rewarding the civil servants and soldiers who helped tend to his far-flung empire, providing eye-poppingly large land grants to generals and back-office non-commissioned officers alike.

So it was that Cpl. Don Antonio Maria Lugo,...