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  • Beverly Hills spec home with an original Andy Warhol lists for $43.9 million

    Beverly Hills spec home with an original Andy Warhol lists for $43.9 million

    Fashion entrepreneur Charles Park is trying on a new outfit for size: speculative development. The designer behind such labels as Pure Sugar and Jonesy has listed a Beverly Hills home that he designed for $43.9 million. Set on slightly more than an acre, the modern mansion was built in collaboration...

  • Emmy-winner Paris Barclay produces a quick home sale in Valley Village

    Emmy-winner Paris Barclay produces a quick home sale in Valley Village

    Emmy-winning director-producer Paris Barclay has sold his Valley Village home of nearly a decade for $1.762 million. The contemporary-style Mediterranean listed for sale early August and had an offer in hand after a week on the market, records show. Barclay bought the house in 2007 for $1.65 million....

  • Warner Bros. Records CEO buys a Buff, Straub & Hensman in Pacific Palisades

    Warner Bros. Records CEO buys a Buff, Straub & Hensman in Pacific Palisades

    Cameron Strang, the chairman and chief executive of Warner Bros. Records, has bought a pedigreed home in Pacific Palisades for $6.5 million. Designed by noted architectural firm Buff, Straub & Hensman, the 1956 residence sits on two acres of grounds filled with mature oaks and sycamore trees. Entered...

  • Home of the Day: One of Edward Fickett's finest in Encino

    Home of the Day: One of Edward Fickett's finest in Encino

    This Midcentury post-and-beam, designed by architect Edward H. Fickett, is one of several built in the Los Angeles area that earned Fickett accolades from the National Assn. of Home Builders and publication in the 1955 issue of House Beautiful. Maintained and updated through the years, the 1950s...

  • Actor John Cusack sells his oceanfront spot in Malibu for $10.3 million

    Actor John Cusack sells his oceanfront spot in Malibu for $10.3 million

    Veteran actor John Cusack, who will begin shooting the chase thriller “Misfortune” next week, has wrapped up some business away from the set, selling his home in Malibu for $10.3 million. Sitting along a stretch of sand in a gated community, the Spanish-style home came up for sale earlier this...

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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