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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

  • Former Dodger Skip Schumaker sells his home with a batting cage for $2.2 million

    Former Dodger Skip Schumaker sells his home with a batting cage for $2.2 million

    Former major league baseball player Skip Schumaker, who was member of the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds, is moving on from his place in Ladera Ranch. Schumaker has sold the five-bedroom estate for $2.2 million, down $100,000 from when he first listed the property...

  • Film producer Ron Curtis seeks $13 million for sexy Trousdale contemporary

    Film producer Ron Curtis seeks $13 million for sexy Trousdale contemporary

    Ron Curtis, film producer and chief executive of the Jill Stuart clothing line, has put a home in the glamorous Trousdale section of Beverly Hills up for sale at $12.995 million. The gated Midcentury home, which has been completely renovated, sits up from the street and has a large motor court...

  • Hot dog-ish home transformed into midcentury-modern standout

    Hot dog-ish home transformed into midcentury-modern standout

    Not many Beverly Hills homes have been compared to a Wienerschnitzel hot dog franchise. That’s what owner Carol Surface termed her four-bedroom, four-bathroom 1964 home before a remodel that concluded in 2008. The artist also spent the last decade updating the 2,773-square-foot home, now listed...

  • Neighborhood Spotlight: Manhattan Beach an oceanside pearl with added polish

    Neighborhood Spotlight: Manhattan Beach an oceanside pearl with added polish

    Long before the first Europeans set foot on the shores of Santa Monica Bay, it was, from the mouth of Ballona Creek southward, fronted by massive sand dunes. The Spanish called the area Rancho Sausal Redondo, meaning “round clump of willows,” although there were no willows and precious few trees...

  • What $1.5 million buys right now in three L.A. neighborhoods

    What $1.5 million buys right now in three L.A. neighborhoods

    Here’s a look at what about $1.5 million buys right now in the Eagle Rock, Mar Vista and Mid-Wilshire real estate markets. EAGLE ROCK: Romantic details of this 1920s Spanish-style home include hand-painted ceilings with exposed beams, custom woodwork and arched picture windows. Address: 1558 N....

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