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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

  • ‘Sicario’ producer Basil Iwanyk puts Monterey Colonial in Brentwood up for sale

    ‘Sicario’ producer Basil Iwanyk puts Monterey Colonial in Brentwood up for sale

    Thunder Road Pictures founder Basil Iwanyk has listed his home on a leafy half-acre lot in Brentwood for $5.35 million. Designed in Monterey Colonial style and built in 1937, the white-sided two-story sits behind gates and is surrounded by lawns and mature trees. A kidney-shaped swimming pool,...

  • Jack and Lisa Osbourne list their Studio City charmer for $3.45 million

    Jack and Lisa Osbourne list their Studio City charmer for $3.45 million

    Television personality and producer Jack Osbourne and his wife, Lisa, have put their traditional home in Studio City on the market for $3.449 million. The New England-inspired spread, built in 2014, sits behind fences and gates on more than a quarter-acre of grounds. Long on curb appeal, the two-story...

  • Rockets owner Leslie Alexander seeks $16.4 million for La Jolla home

    Rockets owner Leslie Alexander seeks $16.4 million for La Jolla home

    Leslie Alexander, the billionaire owner of the Houston Rockets, has put a beachfront home in La Jolla on the market for $16.4 million. That’s a $500,000 price increase from two years ago when the property was last up for sale. Completed in 2002, the contemporary-style house has collapsible walls...

  • Lee Rocker’s rockin' Moroccan spread in Laguna Beach returns at $10.5 million

    Lee Rocker’s rockin' Moroccan spread in Laguna Beach returns at $10.5 million

    Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats and his wife, fashion designer Deborah Drucker, have put their longtime Laguna Beach home back up for sale at $10.5 million. Tucked away in Emerald Bay, the Moroccan-vibe mansion was previously listed for sale at $11.5 million, or for lease at $40,000 a month. Records...

  • Super-agent Scott Boras buys Venice contemporary for $3.18 million

    Super-agent Scott Boras buys Venice contemporary for $3.18 million

    Scott Boras, the sports agent whose clients include some of biggest stars in baseball, has paid $3.18 million, or about $1,020 per square foot, for a newly built home in Venice. Completed last year, the two-story contemporary sits on a narrow lot of about 5,500 square feet with a saltwater lap...

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