Business

                  Seven of the largest investors buying homes in the Tampa Bay area have in two years spent more than $1 billion, amassing 6,800 houses, a Tampa Bay Times analysis of property records, foreclosure auctions and Securities and Exchange Commission filings has found.Times

Home investment firms raise rents to build profits

RIVERVIEW — Flip-flops sit jumbled at the doorstep. Clothes lay scattered across the living room couch. A family portrait from Lewis and Lynn Mayos' vow renewal ceremony hangs proudly over the stairs. But the first of each month brings a reminder they only rent the house they've made their home. The problem is thei …

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  1. Top stressors at work: Low pay, commutes and heavy workloads

    Working Life

    A decade ago, when workers were asked what mattered to them on the job, they cited relationships with colleagues, feeling respected, being able to contribute and grow — the touchy-feely part of working.

    No longer.

  2. Don't be afraid. He isn't spying on you

    Business

    In the nearly two years since Google began testing its augmented-reality eyewear, public reaction has progressed from "that's amazing" to "those look stupid" to "if you wear them, you deserve to be physically assaulted." Google always said people would need some time to adjust to the concept of smart glasses, but this …

    Google released Glass on a limited basis at first. It was not a ruse, but for R&D.
  3. IIFA: John Travolta coming for Bollywood film awards

    Tourism

    TAMPA

    Travolta coming for IIFA awards

    First it was for The Punisher. Now it's for Bollywood. Actor John Travolta will be returning to Tampa this week to be part of the International Indian Film Academy's 15th annual Weekend & Awards, IIFA announced Saturday on Twitter. "Come Face/Off …

    Travolta
  4. Home investment firms raise rents to build profits

    Real Estate

    RIVERVIEW — Flip-flops sit jumbled at the doorstep. Clothes lay scattered across the living room couch. A family portrait from Lewis and Lynn Mayos' vow renewal ceremony hangs proudly over the stairs.

                      Seven of the largest investors buying homes in the Tampa Bay area have in two years spent more than $1 billion, amassing 6,800 houses, a Tampa Bay Times analysis of property records, foreclosure auctions and Securities and Exchange Commission filings has found.
  5. Financial advice for people who aren't rich

    Personal Finance

    For years now, entrepreneurs have been racing to solve the same problem: the financial services industry's persistent inability to provide personalized advice and appropriate investments at a reasonable price to customers who are not rich.

    New York Times
  6. How to check on a broker's honesty

    Personal Finance

    How do you know your broker is ethical, responsible and looking out for your best interest? The truth is, you often don't.

  7. Appeals of college financial aid grants on the rise

    Personal Finance

    The era of the financial aid appeal has arrived in full, and April is the month when much of the action happens.

  8. For pizza vendors, Vegas expo is a slice of heaven

    Retail

    LAS VEGAS — My old pal Vinnie the pizza guy called recently. He was coming to town, but not to gamble: Pizza people — shop owners, sauce makers, cheese peddlers — were gathering for their annual trade show, and he planned to be there.

    Every year, thousands flock to the International Pizza Expo. 
       Here’s why.
  9. Strategically Speaking: Seasoned workers have a lot to offer

    Working Life

    It's no secret that job seekers older than 50 often face a steeper challenge than younger applicants. Some companies and businesses shy away from older applicants because they think they will cost too much, have dated skills or be less productive than younger workers.

  10. Safety advocates: Why did GM choose weaker ignition switch design?

    Autos

    DETROIT — Safety advocates want to know why General Motors chose a defective ignition switch design for its small cars in 2001, even though an alternative was available that they say might have prevented 31 crashes and 13 deaths linked to the problem.

    GM created two ignition switch designs for the ’03 Saturn Ion and later models such as this ’05 Chevrolet Cobalt, critics say.