Tuesday, December 6, 2011

NOT JUST THE AVERAGE JOE - The rich and famous get burned by the property bust | Global Property Guide

Celebrities have also felt the forbidding pinch of the financial crisis gripping middle-income homeowners as some are actually selling their property at a loss if not completely losing them as foreclosed assets.

According to reports some of the rich and famous, they blamed financial mismanagement or just  poor judgment of investments that made them lose millions of dollars of their earnings.

Celebrities Selling at a Loss:

The rich and famous get burned by the property bustRobert de Niro. The actor, best-known for his roles in films “Raging Bull” and “Taxi Driver” has been known for his extensive property investments in New York. He is now selling his 19th century townhouse at 14 Saint Luke's Place, which according to documents was purchased back in 1975.
Priced earlier this year at $14 million, the property is now auctioned  for $11.995 million, a report from the NY Daily News revealed.   

Mr De Niro’s five-storey, 22-foot-wide property, which was home to poet Marianne Moore during the 1920s, is on one of the West Village's most storied and coveted blocks, between Hudson Street and 7th Avenue.

Sharon Stone. Another Hollywood A-lister, brought to fame by her role as the sultry psycho killer in “Basic Instinct” has also moved to sell her L.A. property for $8.995 million, although she purchased the property in 2006 for $10.995 million, according to World Property Channel.

The rich and famous get burned by the property bustThe gated, Mediterranean style estate, sits in five acres replete with bridges, waterfalls, fruit trees, a meditation garden, a swimming pool and a tennis court with viewing pavilion, the report described.

Sylvester Stallone. The actor known for his roles in “Rambo” and “Rocky” had also parted from his 1.75-acre property in Thousand Oaks, California, which is a vintage lakefront home retreat that has a boathouse, guest quarters, and caretakers’ quarters as amenities.

Mr. Stallone acquired the property in 2008 for $4.85 million and is selling it for $4.495 million, public records said.

Celebrities with Foreclosed Assets

Nicholas Cage. Premiere actor Nicholas Cage lost his $35-million LA property to foreclosure. Citibank, early this year, confiscated this property located in Copa de Oro Road, Los Angeles, California because a financial manager’s mismanagement.

Mr. Cage, according to Forbes.com, was forced to sell four properties in order to pay tens of millions owed in government taxes.

Julius “Dr.J” Erving. The famed basketball player of the NBA lost his property in St. George, Utah after failing to sell it for $2.25 million in 2009.  He moved to Atlanta and in 2010 creditors begun the foreclosure process. Last autumn, he defaulted on his payments on his loans on the mansion forcing the bank to confiscate the property.

Sources: Forbes.com and World Property Channel

Police Arrest 2 Men in Ohio Open-House Thefts


As you prepare you home for an open house, please look around and see what personal ideas and even medications you have in view. Help keep honest people honest!!!

Two men have been arrested and charged in connection with a series of thefts at open houses in Kent County, Ohio. Real estate professionals in the area have been reporting a range of stolen items during open houses in the area since October, items ranging from stolen electronics to prescription drugs. During the first reported theft on Oct. 29, the real estate agent reported that a Wii game, a bottle of Vicodin, and a men’s watch were all taken from a home during an open house. The recent thefts sparked the Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS® to issue a warning to its real estate members to be careful when holding open houses and urge clients to lock up all valuables, particularly prescription medication, loose cash, electronics, and jewelry. In most of the thefts, the agents reported that one man would talk to the agent as a distraction while another man went around the home placing things in his pocket, police say. “With the colder weather, people wear heavy overcoats and can put items in them,” says Sarah Williams, spokesperson for the Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS®. “That makes it easier to steal things.” Police were able to recover the stolen property. The two suspects, while in custody, have acknowledged taking part in other crimes as well as business burglaries in the area, police say. Source: “Police: Suspects in Kent County Open House Thefts Arrested, Property Recovered,” The Grand Rapids Press (Dec. 2, 2011)