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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

  • Baseball great Mike Piazza seeks $18.5 million for his waterfront spread in Miami

    Baseball great Mike Piazza seeks $18.5 million for his waterfront spread in Miami

    Former Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza is ready to leave his home base in Miami. The 12-time All-Star, who was voted into the MLB Hall of Fame last year, has put his waterfront Italian villa-style house on the market for $18.5 million. The nearly 10,000-square-foot home sits on roughly...

  • Former NBA star Chris Bosh lists waterfront Miami mansion for $18 million

    Former NBA star Chris Bosh lists waterfront Miami mansion for $18 million

    Chris Bosh is ready to move on from his resort-style mansion in Miami, the city where he won two NBA championships with the Heat. The 11-time All-Star has listed the six-bedroom spread for $18 million, a nearly $6-million uptick from when he bought the home in 2010, records show. Set on a waterfront...

  • LeBron James' $23-million purchase among L.A.'s priciest home sales in November

    LeBron James' $23-million purchase among L.A.'s priciest home sales in November

    An NBA superstar was among those making a mark in L.A.’s luxury real estate scene in November. Other highwater deals include the sale of a Bel-Air spec mansion with a Motown connection and an ocean-view house in Pacific Palisades. Here’s a larger look. $24 million — Bel-Air On Bellagio Road, the...

  • My Favorite Room: Jason George slows down the world in his thinking-man's living room

    The constant presence of vivid sunflowers is one reason actor Jason George loves the living room in his Studio City home. Every weekend George, who plays Dr. Ben Warren on “Grey’s Anatomy,” and his family buy a bouquet of the cheery florals — his wife’s favorite — during their outing to the local...

  • Celebrity homes priced to sell during the holiday crush

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, but there are still a few discounts to be had. In Montecito, Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi appear to have lowered expectations on their Italian villa-style home. Originally offered at $45 million, the romantic weekend retreat and its...