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  • L.A.'s luxury market shows signs of life

    L.A.'s luxury market shows signs of life

    After slow sales to start the year, the market for L.A.'s high-end homes may finally be picking up steam. Recent sales have included a pair of $20-million-plus deals and a high-water transaction in Venice. Here's a look at the most expensive homes sold in the last two weeks. $23 million — Beverly...

  • Googleplex architect thrives in the wide, open spaces

    Googleplex architect thrives in the wide, open spaces

    Architect Clive Wilkinson's most famous work became known as the Googleplex. His own home also has a moniker, at least among his friends: Club Clive. This is Palm Springs living in West Hollywood. A place for smaller dinner parties "and much more crazy ones," he said. This is a party house — and...

  • 'Thor's' Chris Hemsworth keeps the myth alive in Malibu

    'Thor's' Chris Hemsworth keeps the myth alive in Malibu

    Bicoastal actors Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky, who call Australia home, have swung a pair of deals in Malibu, selling their house for $7 million and buying another property nearby for $3.45 million. On the sale side, the couple saw a solid return on investment in the deal for their Point Dume-area...

  • Old and young get along famously at Big Daddy's Antiques

    Old and young get along famously at Big Daddy's Antiques

    Forget teacups and doilies — Big Daddy's Antiques has been redefining what's cool, collectible and vintage for 15 years. Even though the Culver City store sells old stuff, it appeals to a high-profile young clientele: Bruno Mars, Harry Styles and Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian are customers, as...

  • Pro photographers labor to show properties in a better light

    Pro photographers labor to show properties in a better light

    Listing your home? It pays to hire a pro photographer. Everyone seems to be a shutterbug these days, but grainy smartphone pics just don't cut it when it comes to producing eye-catching images that attract prospective buyers. "I've had clients tell me, 'I've got an iPhone 6,' and I have to stop...

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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