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  • 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

  • Singer Michael Feinstein brings historic Los Feliz mansion back to market

    Singer Michael Feinstein brings historic Los Feliz mansion back to market

    Grammy-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein has put his historic home in the Los Feliz neighborhood back up for sale. This time around, the singer-pianist has tuned the asking price to $18.895 million, down from $26 million last year. A stellar example of the Tudor Revival-style, the brick-faced...

  • Green Day’s Mike Dirnt looks for a payday in Piedmont

    Green Day’s Mike Dirnt looks for a payday in Piedmont

    Mike Dirnt of Green Day is tuning into the Bay Area market. His stately Mediterranean-style home of three years is up for grabs in Piedmont for $6.8 million. The bassist has been making plenty of noise in the real estate industry as of late, selling homes in Ojai, Newport Beach and Montecito in...

  • Drew Brees’ amenity-loaded former home quickly catches a buyer in San Diego

    Drew Brees’ amenity-loaded former home quickly catches a buyer in San Diego

    It’s shaping up to be a quick sale for Drew Brees’ former home turf in San Diego’s Carmel Valley. Less than a month after listing for $2.599 million, the property is currently pending sale. The Saints quarterback paid $2.2 million for it in 2003 following his second NFL season, records show, and...

  • What $600,000 buys right now in three Riverside County cities

    What $600,000 buys right now in three Riverside County cities

    Here’s a look at what roughly $600,000 buys right now in Riverside County cities of Corona, Jurupa Valley and Lake Elsinore. CORONA: Bright, neutral-toned interiors fill this 1990s remodel with a pool and mountain views. Address: 3741 Newton St., Corona, 92881 Listed for: $599,000 for four bedrooms,...

  • Danny Bonaduce of ‘The Partridge Family’ checks out of Hollywood condo

    Danny Bonaduce of ‘The Partridge Family’ checks out of Hollywood condo

    Danny Bonaduce, of “The Partridge Family” fame, has made quick work of selling his Hollywood condominium of more than a decade. The actor’s three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom unit hit the market in February and sold in about two months for $925,000, records show. It had been listed for $1.05 million. ...

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