Nicole Richie

Hot Property: Through a glass darkly

Hot Property: Through a glass darkly

Even with the Internet, online access to public records and an abundance of real estate listing portals, all the details of home transactions aren’t readily apparent.

Moneyed buyers often purchase through entities with random names. Tax mailing addresses are sometimes those of managers who handle multiple celebrity clients. Rules vary in other states and countries about the release of sales prices.

Fortunately, cultivating sources, picking up the phone and employing plain old legwork can still get the job done.

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