The example in this lesson uses the imperfective. Are there also circumstances in which the pretérito would be appropriate to talk about ownership?
It is very unusual to see sentences using "fue de...". I imagine this is because when someone owns something it is not for a specific time, and if this is actually the case we would still "era de", because we see it more as a "used to be" (something that happened for a continuous time) which is expressed with the imperfect.
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