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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

  • Hot Property Newsletter: Now accepting returns

    Hot Property Newsletter: Now accepting returns

    There’s nothing like a fresh beginning to jump-start interest in a property. This week’s offerings include several places that are returning to the Multiple Listing Service at new and improved prices. One such listing, for the desert haunt of a late Hollywood mega-producer, had an offer in hand...

  • JLo and A-Rod buy Jeremy Piven’s ‘fixer-upper’ home in Malibu

    JLo and A-Rod buy Jeremy Piven’s ‘fixer-upper’ home in Malibu

    Jeremy Pivens’ Malibu beach house has drawn the eye of two fellow A-listers: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez. The power couple paid $6.6 million for the home and reportedly have big plans in store, according to sources who asked for anonymity because they are not authorized to comment on the...

  • Bing Crosby’s former Nevada ranch with 3,000 acres and 600 cows seeks $7.3 million

    Bing Crosby’s former Nevada ranch with 3,000 acres and 600 cows seeks $7.3 million

    In remote Nevada, a 3,000-acre cattle ranch once owned by Bing Crosby is up for sale at $7.28 million. Known as Lawson Ranch, it’s one of seven properties Crosby owned in the town of Elko. The “White Christmas” singer took a liking to place in the 1940s, using it as a getaway from the glitz and...

  • Designer Donna Livingston seeks a buyer for stylish Beverly Hills Post Office retreat

    Designer Donna Livingston seeks a buyer for stylish Beverly Hills Post Office retreat

    Interior designer to the stars Donna Livingston has put a reimagined home in the Beverly Hills Post Office area on the market for $3.075 million. The two-story California ranch house, previously owned by “The Mummy” actor Oded Fehr, was both a project and a personal residence for the designer....

  • Midcentury Modern home built for actress Marian Marsh trades hands in Palm Desert

    Midcentury Modern home built for actress Marian Marsh trades hands in Palm Desert

    Plenty of big names are tied to the high-end homes of Palm Desert. Frank Sinatra kept a hideout in the rocky hills. Jerry Weintraub had architect Guy Dreier build him a contemporary mansion in the area. A few blocks away from the main drag, another home with celebrity pedigree just sold for $823,250....

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