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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

  • Halle Berry’s onetime home in Hollywood Hills lists for $3.8 million

    Halle Berry’s onetime home in Hollywood Hills lists for $3.8 million

    A onetime home of actress Halle Berry is for sale in Hollywood Hills West for $3.795 million. Berry bought the Mediterranean villa in 1994 with her husband at the time, baseball player David Justice, for $1.585 million. She sold it more than a decade later for $4.15 million, records show. Built...

  • NBA's Trevor Ariza puts his Tarzana home in play at $3.5 million

    NBA's Trevor Ariza puts his Tarzana home in play at $3.5 million

    Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza, who won an NBA title with the Lakers in 2009, is selling his Tarzana home. The asking price is $3.5 million. The approximately one-acre contemporary Mediterranean estate, built in 1990, includes a main house, a guest casita, a swimming pool and a basketball...

  • Before & After: Couple use their DIY chops to open up their gloomy Craftsman

    Before & After: Couple use their DIY chops to open up their gloomy Craftsman

    Matt Gourley and Amanda Lund wanted their 1947 Craftsman house to feel like a curated time machine. Instead, it just felt old and bland. The DIY enthusiasts, both actors and podcast hosts, saw the potential of their three-bedroom Pasadena home when they purchased it in 2015. But the load-bearing...

  • Neighborhood Spotlight: Windsor Square values the old classics

    Neighborhood Spotlight: Windsor Square values the old classics

    In the late 1800s, as L.A. was experiencing its first real boom, a syndicate of real estate developers purchased 200 acres in the eastern portion of the old Rancho La Brea and began planning a development. The group started with a name — Windsor Square — that evoked images of the famous squares...

  • What $700,000 buys right now in three Orange County communities

    What $700,000 buys right now in three Orange County communities

    Here’s a look at what about $700,000 buys right now in the Orange County communities of Fullerton, Ladera Ranch and Westminster. FULLERTON: Built in 2014, this two-story home features wood floors and crown molding across 2,024 square feet of interior space. Address: 415 Colony Drive, Fullerton,...

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