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  • My Favorite Room: Ross Mathews plays host with a lot of whimsy and a sprinkling of Liberace

    My Favorite Room: Ross Mathews plays host with a lot of whimsy and a sprinkling of Liberace

    Fourteen years ago, Ross Mathews visited sunny Palm Springs for the first time and thought: “This is my mother ship.” The television personality pledged to live there one day, and last year, he and his partner, fashion stylist and interior designer Salvador Camarena, purchased a pied-à-terre in...

  • Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn let go of longtime Pacific Palisades home

    Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn let go of longtime Pacific Palisades home

    Actors Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have sold their Pacific Palisades home of more than a decade for $6.9 million. The Georgian traditional-style home, built in 1951 and since updated, retains its classic curb appeal, with slender columns, ivy-covered siding and brickwork. An ornate frontispiece...

  • A double feature in Rancho Mirage

    A double feature in Rancho Mirage

    Repeating arches and ornamental flourishes take center stage at this grand Mediterranean in a guard-gated enclave in Rancho Mirage. Known as Casa Bella, the estate boasts such features as a playhouse-inspired theater complete with balcony seating. For the second act, wraparound loggias open to...

  • Hot Property: To everything there is a season

    Hot Property: To everything there is a season

    Turn! Turn! Turn! Wannabe home buyers are out there kicking tires — or, more accurately, turning on faucets, lights and garbage disposals as they size up houses for sale. And sellers are ready for them. This week’s lineup of notables includes longtime Hollywood stars, captains of industry and sports...

  • French government lists property in Ivanka Trump's D.C. neighborhood for $5.6 million

    French government lists property in Ivanka Trump's D.C. neighborhood for $5.6 million

    In Los Angeles, celebrity- and tycoon-packed areas include Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills and Malibu’s Broad Beach. But across the country, it’s Washington, D.C.’s Kalorama neighborhood that boasts both star and political power. Over the past year, new residents such as the Obamas, Jeff Bezos and...

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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