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Real Estate Advice

  • Dealing with divorce and home ownership

    Q: I divorced in 1994 and retained ownership of the home as part of the settlement. I continue to see my ex-spouse's name on the tax assessment document, even though I have refinanced the mortgage in my name. What does it mean to have his name on the document, especially when I try and sell? What...

  • Homes with delinquent real estate taxes

    Q: The house next to mine is up to be sold for delinquent taxes. Will I be responsible for any liens against the house should I win the bid? My plan is to demolish the home. A: As the saying goes, you can't escape death and taxes. When you own a piece of property in a place where real estate taxes...

  • Should you hire a real estate attorney or Realtor?

    Q: We bought a house four years ago in Oklahoma and ended up renting it out after we moved out of state. After renting the house for two years, the current tenants want to buy it and we have no clue what to do. Should we hire a real estate attorney or Realtor? We have no problem selling it ourselves...

  • The tax implications of short selling a primary residence

    Q: An 83-year-old friend of mine is disabled and is about to enter an assisted living facility. She is currently living alone in a house she owns, but it is no longer safe for her to live alone. I am trying to help by organizing her finances and to determine if she can afford the assisted living...

  • Selling property and the rules of profit rollover

    Q: I enjoy reading your columns each week. My wife and I have two properties in Miami worth about $600,000 and $1,250,000, and another one in Chevy Chase, Maryland that has a mortgage and is worth about $2 million. The Miami properties do not have any financing attached to them, and the Chevy Chase...

Hot Property from Hollywood

  • Tyra Banks pulls in $4 million for snazzy contemporary in Pacific Palisades

    Tyra Banks pulls in $4 million for snazzy contemporary in Pacific Palisades

    If Tyra Banks’ recent moves give any indication, investment properties are apparently so last season. The model and television personality has sold a contemporary-style house in Pacific Palisades for $4 million. That makes three sales in the Westside neighborhood to date this year for Banks. She...

  • Former Clipper Loy Vaught puts Hollywood Hills West home in play

    Former Clipper Loy Vaught puts Hollywood Hills West home in play

    A Hollywood Hills West home owned by former professional basketball player and coach Loy Vaught is for sale at $2.789 million. Tucked away on a narrow cul-de-sac, the split-level house is setup for indoor-outdoor living with multiple patios and a rooftop patio. The multi-level floor plan includes...

  • Actor Joshua Malina drops $2 million on a sunny spot in Mar Vista

    Actor Joshua Malina drops $2 million on a sunny spot in Mar Vista

    “West Wing” actor Joshua Malina is heading to the Westside after scooping a Traditional-style home for $2.005 million in Mar Vista, real estate records show. Built in 1948, the one-story dwelling is approached by a stone walkway that cuts through a landscaped frontyard. The front door opens directly...

  • Retired NFL running back Corey Dillon hands off Calabasas digs

    Retired NFL running back Corey Dillon hands off Calabasas digs

    Corey Dillon is taking the money and running. The retired tailback, who split time with the Bengals and Patriots during a 10-year NFL career, has sold his Calabasas home for $1.925 million. It’s the end of a long journey for the Mediterranean estate, which hit the market last year for $2.25 million...

  • Funnyman Rob Huebel looks to hook a buyer for Los Feliz home

    Funnyman Rob Huebel looks to hook a buyer for Los Feliz home

    Actor and comedian Rob Huebel and his wife, former KNBC traffic anchor Holly Hannula, have listed their home in Los Feliz for sale at $1.195 million. Built in 1995, the gray-hued house takes a page from modern design with a broad rectangular front complemented by bands of picture windows. The multilevel...

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