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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

  • Director Martin Campbell cuts the price of Pacific Palisades villa

    Director Martin Campbell cuts the price of Pacific Palisades villa

    Film director Martin Campbell and his wife, singer-actress Sol Romero, have once again trimmed the price of their Mediterranean villa-style home in the Pacific Palisades. The 10,632-square-foot home is now on the market for $9.25 million. It was listed for $10.5 million in 2016 and $9.5 million...

  • DJ Khaled seeks buyer for decked-out waterfront home in Miami

    DJ Khaled seeks buyer for decked-out waterfront home in Miami

    DJ Khaled is back in the housing game. A few months after dropping $21.75 million on a Miami Beach mansion, the hip-hop producer is now looking to part with his old place in the area. The waterfront home is on the market for a dollar shy of $8 million. Set in the gated community of Island Estates,...

  • Reality show host hopes to get 'off the block' in Palm Springs

    Reality show host hopes to get 'off the block' in Palm Springs

    TV personality Ross Mathews, who gained fame as "Ross the Intern" on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," has listed his pied-a-terre in Palm Springs for $635,000. Built in 2011, the house reflects the Midcentury Modern style with an angled butterfly roof, walls of glass and a distinctive lime green...

  • Actor Stuart Townsend parts ways with coastal home in Malibu

    Actor Stuart Townsend parts ways with coastal home in Malibu

    It’s a wrap in Malibu, where Irish actor Stuart Townsend has sold his Spanish-style home for $4.15 million. That’s over $1 million short of the original $5.25-million asking price, but Townsend still came out on top. He bought the property four years ago for $3 million, real estate records show....

  • ‘The Fast and the Furious’ director Rob Cohen takes off in Hidden Hills

    ‘The Fast and the Furious’ director Rob Cohen takes off in Hidden Hills

    He didn’t exactly peel out, but action-movie director Rob Cohen, whose films include "The Fast and the Furious" and "XXX," has sold his equestrian estate in bucolic Hidden Hills for $3.2 million. The property had come on the market in February. The Cape Cod-style home, built in 1996, is set behind...

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