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Features by David Lazarus

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

Letters: How to negotiate a short sale

Glenn Kelman, CEO of real estate website Redfin, answers listeners questions about short sales, home renovations and what to do when your family outgrows its house.
Posted In: Getting Personal, letters

How a cat bite cost one man $55,000

His own cat bit him. Then David Lazarus got an infection. Surgery, tests and a hospital stay later, his total bill came to $55,000.
Posted In: health care, hospital

How to avoid the flu

Flu season is in full swing. Some people take the flu shot, some take time off when they feel under the weather and some still report to work no matter how bad they feel. Dr. Russell Greenfield answers questions about seasonal sickness and debunks some common myths about the flu shot.
Posted In: flu, health care

I don't want to invest in oil and tobacco companies: Advice

Can you be a socially responsible investor and still get good returns on your investments? When do you know it's time to file for bankruptcy? If your retirement account provider starts charging little fees, is it time to shop around? L.A. Times consumer columnist David Lazarus helps listeners with these personal finance questions.
Posted In: Personal Finance, socially reponsible investing

Letters: It's my first time negotiating a salary!

L.A. Times consumer columnist David Lazarus tackles trip insurance, low income housing, first-time salary negotiations and why on earth someone would still choose to still pay bills by check (we're looking at you, Tony Cox!).
Posted In: letters

How to reduce the price of college

The cost of college continues to soar higher and higher. An education expert posits that costs can go down if the public sector pulls out of higher education.
Posted In: college, Tuition, financial aid, federal aid

Heading towards fiscal health

David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times answers caller questions on personal finance, along with CBS MoneyWatch.com editor-at-large Jill Schlesinger.
Posted In: family, marriage, Social Security, identity theft, Retirement, emergency fund, college

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