Features by David Lazarus

Yee-haw! Why Houston's housing market is growing so fast

Why was Houston, Texas, just named the "healthiest housing market for 2013?" Realtor Thai Klam helps explain.
Posted In: Housing, texas, Houston

Letters: Why is my refi on hold?

What should you do when your refinance request was approved, but then delayed? What are the risks of refinancing with a smaller banking institution? L.A. Times consumer columnist David Lazarus and Redfin's Glenn Kelman tackle your housing questions.
Posted In: letters

Advice on applying for a re-fi or loan modification

Straight talk from a banker on what makes an application for a re-fi or a loan modification stand out in the eyes of a bank.
Posted In: mortgage refinance, Mortgage modification, mortgage, Housing

Fannie, Freddie to let some underwater homeowners walk away

Mortgage heavyweights Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have announced a bailout program for struggling homeowners who are current on their payments. If there's a pressing need to leave their property, they can just walk away.
Posted In: Housing, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, underwater, mortgage

The Super Bowl: Pizza's biggest payday of the year

Domino's Pizza expects to sell over 11 million slices of pizza on Superbowl Sunday. What do stores do to prepare for this? David Lazarus went to a Domino's to take a look.
Posted In: Domino's, pizza, Super Bowl

Drug use and debt: A credit card for recovering addicts

A new prepaid debit card targeted at former substance abusers aims to keep the holder's spending on a very short leash.
Posted In: recovery, addiction, Credit Cards

Letters: Do retirement calculators work?

How do you know when it's time to retire? How much do you need to retire? These are some of the questions you asked... we've got answers in our weekly letters segment.
Posted In: letters, Getting Personal

Is the real estate market really recovering?

The latest housing market numbers seem to show that home buying has bounced back, thanks to record low interest rates. But experts like Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin, say not so fast when it comes to buying a home.
Posted In: Housing, real estate

$53,000 for a cat bite? You gotta be 'kitten' me!

Guest host David Lazarus grills the head of the hospital where he was recently treated for a cat bite to the tune of $53,000.
Posted In: health care

Mind your money manners: Financial etiquette rules

Is it ever appropriate to ask someone how much money they make? How much they paid for something? Who is supposed to pay for dinner? Is it polite to remind someone that they owe you money? Personal finance columnist Liz Weston schools us on common financial faux pas.
Posted In: etiquette, Personal Finance


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