Articles by Matthew Blake

LA’s market makers: A ranking of top resi agents by on-market deals

LA’s market makers: A ranking of top resi agents by on-market deals

UPDATED, Sept. 16, 2020, 12:47 p.m. Stephen Shapiro and Ron Wynn each brokered $68 million in luxury sales across...

LA’s market makers: A ranking of top resi agents by on-market deals
Survival of the slimmest: TRD looks at the future of the residential brokerage

Survival of the slimmest: TRD looks at the future of the residential brokerage

In early April a dejected-looking Kurt Wisner posted a video in front of an empty van. “I’ve got a...

Survival of the slimmest: TRD looks at the future of the residential brokerage
Lawsuit says giant mall REITs are licensed to spy

Lawsuit says giant mall REITs are licensed to spy

Los Angeles malls are largely closed now, but if they were open mall goers would be spied on. That’s...

Lawsuit says giant mall REITs are licensed to spy
What do we want? Mortgage relief! Landlords plan LA protest

What do we want? Mortgage relief! Landlords plan LA protest

Downtown Los Angeles is no stranger to protests, but an unexpected group will be hitting the streets on Saturday...

What do we want? Mortgage relief! Landlords plan LA protest
Macerich posts $27M loss; CEO touts brick-and-mortar retail

Macerich posts $27M loss; CEO touts brick-and-mortar retail

Mall landlord Macerich posted a $26.7 million net income loss in the second quarter as the Santa Monica-based firm...

Macerich posts $27M loss; CEO touts brick-and-mortar retail
Simon Cowell’s got talent for off-market home deals

Simon Cowell’s got talent for off-market home deals

Simon Cowell may have a hidden talent for selling homes. The creator and host of “America’s Got Talent” sold...

Simon Cowell’s got talent for off-market home deals
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye (UCDavis, iStock)

California eviction and foreclosure ban could end Aug. 14

Ready or not, California is poised to end its historic ban on evictions and foreclosures, a possibility that has...

California eviction and foreclosure ban could end Aug. 14
Clare Bronfman and 8517 Franklin Avenue (Patrick McMullan/Getty, Zillow)

Heiress and sex cult financier sues over Los Angeles infinity pool

A West Hollywood spec mansion tied to an heiress and accused sex cult financier has a problem with its...

Heiress and sex cult financier sues over Los Angeles infinity pool
Photo illustration of Hudson Pacific Properties CEO Victor Coleman and Blackstone Group President Jonathan Gray (Coleman by Rich Polk/Getty; Gray by Drew Angerer/Getty; Top Gun by Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis/Getty)

Inside Hudson Pacific and Blackstone’s field of streams

As many developers just try to hang on during the pandemic, Victor Coleman is celebrating. During an earnings call...

Inside Hudson Pacific and Blackstone’s field of streams
Hudson Pacific Properties CEO Victor Coleman (Illustration of Victor Coleman by The Real Deal; iStock; Coleman via Hudson Pacific)

Hudson Pacific is effusive about Blackstone deal, defensive about office space

Hudson Pacific Properties reported a dip in second quarter net income, attributing it to retail tenants that deferred their...

Hudson Pacific is effusive about Blackstone deal, defensive about office space
Corcoran Group CEO Pam Liebman (Photography by Sasha Maslov)

Corcoran absorbs Contra Costa brokerage in NorCal

Corcoran Group is expanding its Northern California presence, saying Monday that it is absorbing Discovery Bay Properties in Contra...

Corcoran absorbs Contra Costa brokerage in NorCal
A boomtown for a bygone era: Koreatown developers face a reckoning

A boomtown for a bygone era: Koreatown developers face a reckoning

When protests in Los Angeles following George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers turned to vandalism,...

A boomtown for a bygone era: Koreatown developers face a reckoning
Trump administration sued for lack of PPP disclosures

Trump administration sued for lack of PPP disclosures

A California advocacy group sued the Trump administration over not getting data it asked for concerning the massive Paycheck...

Trump administration sued for lack of PPP disclosures
A breakdown of the biggest bribes and what’s next in the historic scandal of LA City Council member Jose Huizar (Getty, DiMarzio | Kato Architecture, Department of City Planning, iStock)

Inside LA’s biggest real estate corruption scandal in recent history

The clock was ticking for a developer’s big downtown Los Angeles debut. Carmel Partners was looking to get its...

Inside LA’s biggest real estate corruption scandal in recent history
LeBron James and the home at 9955 Beverly Grove Dr.

Another palace for the king: LeBron James buys Beverly Hills mansion: sources

Basketball superstar LeBron James is in contract to buy a mansion in Beverly Hills from the estate of a...

Another palace for the king: LeBron James buys Beverly Hills mansion: sources
“Call me boss”: How Carmel Partners got ensnared in a major political corruption case

“Call me boss”: How Carmel Partners got ensnared in a major political corruption case

When the FBI went public last year with its probe of Los Angeles City Council member Jose Huizar, the...

“Call me boss”: How Carmel Partners got ensnared in a major political corruption case
Durst murder case set for next month after mistrial denied

Durst murder case set for next month after mistrial denied

A Los Angeles judge denied Robert Durst’s request for a mistrial in his murder case, setting up a jury...

Durst murder case set for next month after mistrial denied
Feds charge LA council member with taking bribes from developers

Feds charge LA council member with taking bribes from developers

The FBI arrested Los Angeles City Council member Jose Huizar Tuesday on a federal racketeering charge, culminating a near...

Feds charge LA council member with taking bribes from developers
Alicia Silverstone from the film 'Clueless', 1995, and a rendering of the Beverly Center (Credit: Paramount Pictures/Getty Images, and Beverly Center via Los Angeles Times)

For LA’s malls, lawsuits could be the next crisis

In Jacksonville Beach, Florida, 16 employees and patrons of an Irish pub were infected with coronavirus in just one...

For LA’s malls, lawsuits could be the next crisis
Alicia Silverstone from the film 'Clueless', 1995, and a rendering of the Beverly Center (Credit: Paramount Pictures/Getty Images, and Beverly Center via Los Angeles Times)

For LA’s malls, lawsuits could be the next crisis

In Jacksonville Beach, Florida, 16 employees and patrons of an Irish pub were infected with coronavirus in just one...

For LA’s malls, lawsuits could be the next crisis
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