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  • 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

  • Topanga contemporary rises above the commonplace

    Topanga contemporary rises above the commonplace

    Walls of glass bring natural light and panoramic mountain views into this compact Topanga contemporary. High ceilings and an open plan create a feeling of spaciousness in the three-level house. Pathways with iron handrails and custom lighting crisscross the wooded grounds. Address: 1231 Old Topanga...

  • Green Day's Mike Dirnt is ready to part with two coastal California homes

    Green Day's Mike Dirnt is ready to part with two coastal California homes

    Mike Dirnt, bassist for the band Green Day, is ready to beat it out of two coastal California neighborhoods. He’s put homes in Newport Beach and Montecito on the market for $3.8 million and $4.8 million, respectively. The Newport property, built in 1967 and recently updated, sits on a corner lot...

  • Home of the Week: Grand adobe in Santa Barbara seeks its next patron

    Home of the Week: Grand adobe in Santa Barbara seeks its next patron

    The Frederick H. Booth estate, a historic landmark in the foothills of Santa Barbara, centers on a sprawling adobe residence designed by R.M. Ortega and completed in 1939. A matching two-room guesthouse was built in 2008, joining a workshop/garage, a tiled swimming pool, orchards and century-old...

  • Hot Property: Inside the celebrity housing orb

    Hot Property: Inside the celebrity housing orb

    Though Los Angeles employers are concerned that high housing costs are an obstacle to hiring top talent, the Southern California celebrity sphere remains largely immune to such affordability fears. As spring temperatures rise, so do the number of home deals among the area’s high-profile actors,...

  • Laguna Beach estate once home to actress Diane Keaton lists for $16 million

    Laguna Beach estate once home to actress Diane Keaton lists for $16 million

    An oceanfront home once owned by actress Diane Keaton has come on the market in Laguna Beach for $15.989 million. Built in 1928 for J. Roy Smith, whose family operated a large orange ranch in San Juan Capistrano, the renovated house sits on a quarter-acre bluff with sweeping ocean views. A private...

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