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  • Off-market action heats up L.A. County's top home sales

    Off-market action heats up L.A. County's top home sales

    Sales of $10 million or more have been the big-ticket items on the Westside as of late, with Beverly Hills seeing the bulk of the action. Among the movers and shakers were a pair of television executives, who both completed deals outside the Multiple Listing Service. Here’s a look at the priciest...

  • Tom Cruise completes his mission to sell in Beverly Hills

    Tom Cruise completes his mission to sell in Beverly Hills

    Tom Cruise has a reputation for over-the-top stunts and high-octane action, but his recent home sale can best be described as under-the-radar. The box-office star sold his home in Beverly Hills for $38 million, property records show. The acre-plus estate quietly came up for sale last year with...

  • An Old Hollywood haunt by Wallace Neff

    An Old Hollywood haunt by Wallace Neff

    This Spanish estate, built in 1926, has the Saltillo tile, artful risers and decorative wrought iron characteristic of the California style developed by architect to the stars Wallace Neff. Facing the Jack L. Warner estate on Angelo Drive, the gated residence was once occupied by film director...

  • Author John Rechy and producer Michael Ewing look to part with Hollywood Hills home

    Author John Rechy and producer Michael Ewing look to part with Hollywood Hills home

    Author John Rechy and his husband, film producer Michael Ewing, have listed their Hollywood Hills home of more than a decade for sale at $2.247 million. Found within gated Lake Hollywood Estates, the two-story traditional was built in 1968 and has been renovated. Obsidian black granite countertops,...

  • Charlie Sheen sells another of his Los Angeles-area homes for $5.4 million

    Charlie Sheen sells another of his Los Angeles-area homes for $5.4 million

    Actor Charlie Sheen has divested himself of another Los Angeles-area home, selling a Spanish-style house in the Mulholland Estates area for $5.415 million, according to the Multiple Listing Service. The 6,625-square-foot home came up for sale in January, about a month after the former “Two and...

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...

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