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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

  • ‘Chopped’ producer Linda Lea serves up a treat in the Hollywood Hills

    ‘Chopped’ producer Linda Lea serves up a treat in the Hollywood Hills

    “Chopped” executive producer Linda Lea sold her home in the Hollywood Hills for $3.8 million and, no, she didn’t have to go through a series of price chops to do so. The 1927 Spanish-style house had been listed at $3.995 million. Set on a knoll, the re-imagined space blends period charm and contemporary...

  • Los Feliz haunt of Hollywood elite maintains its celebrity spirit

    Los Feliz haunt of Hollywood elite maintains its celebrity spirit

    A home and workplace of early filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille has sold in Los Feliz’s Laughlin Park neighborhood for $8.5 million. The seller was film producer and onetime studio exec Mary Parent. The 1915 house was purchased by DeMille in the 1920s and combined with an adjoining home to create his...

  • Pro golfer J.B. Holmes swings for a small profit in Florida

    Pro golfer J.B. Holmes swings for a small profit in Florida

    PGA Tour golfer J.B. Holmes has teed up his Florida home for sale at $2.15 million. That’s $100,000 more than he paid for it four years ago, real estate records show. Set lakeside on three-quarters of an acre, the two-story house expands to a glass atrium with a fountain-fed swimming pool with...

  • Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford looks to bag a buyer for Arizona home

    Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford looks to bag a buyer for Arizona home

    All-Star shortstop Brandon Crawford is determined to sell his home in Arizona — even if it means taking a loss in the process. After a series of relists, the San Francisco Giants star’s custom residence is back on the market for $1.499 million. That’s $101,000 less than what Crawford paid for the...

  • Don’t toss those soulful old windows. Fix them.

    Don’t toss those soulful old windows. Fix them.

    Consider the historic double-hung window: two sashes glide effortlessly up and down, counterbalanced by iron weights attached to ropes strung through pulleys –– all hidden within walls. “As the weights touch, they get a bit musical and there’s a kind of harmonic ring in your wall,” said Steve Byroads,...

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