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Hot Property from Hollywood

  • Home of the Week: Presidential pedigree on the Carpinteria coastline

    Home of the Week: Presidential pedigree on the Carpinteria coastline

    This French Country-style residence on the Carpinteria coastline once served as a retreat for President-elect Bill Clinton following his victory in the 1992 election. The Clintons would return to the park-like confines the following year for another family vacation. The estate, built in 1986, sits...

  • 'Dancing with the Stars' alum Mark Ballas makes the leap to Laurel Canyon

    'Dancing with the Stars' alum Mark Ballas makes the leap to Laurel Canyon

    Former "Dancing with the Stars” regular Mark Ballas has made a couple of moves away from the dance floor, selling one home on the Westside and buying another in the Laurel Canyon area. On the sale side, Ballas parted with a Mediterranean-style home in the Beverly Crest area for $3.125 million in...

  • Analyze this: A new work will delve into the infamous destruction of Neutra's Maslon house

    Analyze this: A new work will delve into the infamous destruction of Neutra's Maslon house

    The willful destruction of Richard Neutra’s masterwork — the 1962 Maslon house — reads like a senseless architectural murder mystery. Richard Rotenberg bought the Rancho Mirage home in 2002 for $2.45 million, having never set foot inside the incomparable design. Without explanation, he razed it...

  • Hot Property: Actors, architects and others

    Hot Property: Actors, architects and others

    One never knows which property record will reveal an owner of note. This week’s offerings include the actress who played the mom on the 1980s hit television show “Family Ties,” a choreographer who continues to clean up on “Dancing With the Stars” and a former college football coach. Once you’re...

  • My Favorite Room: Sean Conlon finds peace in his 'cathedral to the ocean'

    My Favorite Room: Sean Conlon finds peace in his 'cathedral to the ocean'

    In a cove at the top of Malibu’s Broad Beach, real estate entrepreneur Sean Conlon lives in what amounts to a treehouse. An upscale treehouse, to be sure — a three-bedroom, 3.5-bath spread designed by influential California architect Harry Gesner and surrounded by cypress trees with sweeping views...

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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