The Gorgas Claim They Sold Their Home; Is Joe Gorga Broke and Facing Bankruptcy?; Does He Really Pay His Bills?; Joe Gorga Has a Negative Net Worth of $1.5 Million (Updated 11/11/2014)
UPDATES 2014: Read Joe and Melissa Gorga Are Not Building a New Home in Franklin Lakes (Updated 11/16/2014), plus read the last two comments in that blog post for 2014 updates.
UPDATE August 20, 2013: RadarOnline reported that the Gorgas sold their home for the asking price of $3.8 million; however, the tabloid consistently misreports, so the information is questionable. In fact, they reported that the Gorgas only paid $950,000 for the mansion, but that’s what they paid for the lot in 2007 (they paid cash, per Melissa) – they took out a $2,250,000 construction loan in 2008 to build the mansion, and later converted it to a regular mortgage loan in the amount of $2,185,199. In October 2012, they extracted $500,000 in equity in a cash-out refinance, probably to pay off their shore house, which was tied to the mortgage loan on their mansion. Us Weekly, aligned with Bravo to promote the Gorgas, also reported on the sale.
“Bad week for Melissa Gorga. Out of $. Home being foreclosed. Forced into (nice) rental & news that she cheated on Joe while married.” – Enty Lawyer (@entylawyerm), February 2, 2013, Twitter
“Why don’t you pay your bills… you have to borrow money every week from people.” – Joe Giudice to Joe Gorga during part 3 of the season 4 reunion special
It is estimated that Joe Gorga’s net worth is a negative $1.5 million because of the depressed value of his real estate holdings (they are mortgaged to the hilt and the loan amounts are more than the properties are worth).
Melissa’s desire for fame started way before Bravo ever came to NJ. She was interested in the HW shows all the way back to the original OC. When Teresa was cast in the NJ series in 2008 [Bravo first approached her in 2007], let me tell you that the explosion should have been heard around the world. From that day, even before filming began, Melissa and Joe did all they could to tell everyone that Bravo chose the wrong NJ HW. I couldn’t believe the things they said about Teresa — how could a brother stoop so low?They are broke. The house was built as a ‘spec’ house and was NOT their real home. As soon as their campaign to get Mel on the show worked, they moved to the spec house and conveniently never told the bank. I tried to tell people not to trust Melissa, but everyone has to find out for themselves I guess. – Regan, May 6, 2012, RealityTea.com
Joe and Melissa Gorga’s mansion, which they built in 2008-2009, is officially for sale…AGAIN — trying to sell your home in a housing slump is a good indicator that you are in over your head.
During season 3, Melissa claimed that Joe surprised her on Christmas with house plans and built the mansion for her as her ‘dream house.’ This was a lie. It was built as a spec home to sell for profit, but the market crashed and they weren’t able to sell it for what Joe was asking… they were living in it while it was officially under construction (construction loan v. mortgage loan) to give the appearance of wealth so that Bravo would cast them.
The Gorgas put their 16-room, 13,500-SF, 6 bedroom, 6 1/2 bath mansion with 4-car garage on 2.24 acres back on the market in May 2012, this time listing it for $3.8 million (it was listed for $4.1 million in 2010 but was pulled off the market when the Gorgas signed their Bravo contract in September 2010). [The construction loan was $2.2 million — they are hoping to sell it for $3.8 million in a depressed market.]
They also had their 3 bedroom, 2 bath ‘shore house’ in Toms River, NJ (which they purchased in 2005 for $450,000) on the market for $520,000, but removed it from the MLS on September 15, 2012.
On May 12, 2012, Melissa told RealityAired that they put their shore house on the market every winter — they want the viewers to believe that they been trying to sell it every winter for six years, yet it was spring, going on summer, and it was still on the market through August 2012, so that story doesn’t add up. Plus, according to Zillow, the shore house has not been for sale every winter; it’s only been for sale once, starting August 2011 (summer, not winter).
They purchased their shore home on May 5, 2005, near the peak of the real estate bubble, for $450,000.
Melissa Gorga stated on WWHL, on July 8, 2012, that she and Joe removed their shore house from the market even though they just received a full price offer on it the past weekend. However, as of July 31, 2012, it was still listed as “active” on Realtor.com, so she lied, again (it was removed from the market on September 15, 2012). Plus, she indirectly admitted that she lied during season 3 when she said Joe surprised her on Christmas Eve with plans for her dream house (their primary residence that they’ve been trying to sell since it was built), saying on WWHL that the house is a ‘flip.’
The Gorgas had a $2.25 million balloon payment due in July 2012; however, they refinanced their home in 2011, which converted the balloon payment into a regular mortgage payment of approximately $12,000 a month.
“I honestly believe most of them go on this franchise because they’re in serious debt and will air their dirt for the money in hopes it leads to more wealth. I’ll bite that Joe and Melissa might be upgrading to their dream McMansion in Franklin Lakes. BUT why would they sell the shore house that Melissa loves so much and allows her to be closer to her family? IMO, the Gorgas are trying to prevent a PR fire because Joey has allowed his mouth to write a check his bank account can’t cash. Juicy will have the last laugh and be proven right about his opinion of JoGo’s business acumen.” [Judith, May 13, 2012, Reality Tea]
“Why does she feel the need to explain away EVERYTHING?? A blog could write “Melissa Gorga Farts in Sherri Shepard’s Face”, and Melissa would deny it and go to the lengths of getting a signed statement from her doctor about when she farts. (Okay I’m being dramatic, but you get my drift.) I know she wants to prove they’re not really broke and what not, but was it really necessary to provide a BLOG with documentation (no offense Reality Tea; you’re awesome)?? Almost every housewife, from every franchise has something falsely written about them. That doesn’t mean they have to dig for all types of documentation and proof for people that they really don’t have anything to prove to. They let the truth speak for itself. I think that’s why Melissa is so determined to dispel certain rumors. People who have nothing to hide feel they have nothing to prove. I’m just sayin’.” [Sicily, May 15, 2012, Reality Tea]
“I think they are broke. They have to defend it because they have said so muc sh*t about Teresa living beyond her means. They don’t want it to come out that they do the same. I see her always having to show ‘proof’ as a dead give away. People who have things written about them – that isn’t true – laugh it off.” (Plus, they frequently do club appearances for cash and charge their fans for CD signings and meet and greets). [Hanky, May 15, 2012, Reality Tea]
“The reason it is suspicious is you don’t move from your dream home (especially if you have a large family) if there’s not a significant reason. If you have a starter-home, then you move up. Normally this would be nobody’s business, but when you go on these reality shows, you build your own character — and so many of these Housewives portray themselves as far richer than they actually are. So they’re building a false character and not being authentic — and not being (or seeming) authentic on a reality show will ultimately backfire. If you’re just honest and say that you’re overextended on a mansion then I think the public will appreciate that. Coverups never work (see John Edwards).” [Jen, May 15, 2012Reality Tea]
The Gorgas will have to sell the mansion at a loss — they claim they are going to build a new home in Franklin Lakes (a whole 15 miles away).
On May 9, 2012, Us Magazine reported:
“I’m a builder. I custom-built the houses we have lived in and will do the same with our next one,” Joe tells Us Weekly exclusively. “We tried Montville, but it just wasn’t for us. We want to go back to Franklin Lakes, which is closer to where I work, and we’re looking at a couple of properties now.”
Adds “On Display” singer Melissa:
“I absolutely love our current house and will be sad to leave, but Joe is an incredible builder, so I have no doubt that I’ll love the next house just as much. Although this is the last time he is getting me to pack-up!”
Melissa — mom to Joey, 2, Gino, 4, and Antonia, 6 — tells Us their children are approaching the ages “where all of them will be in school and now is the time to try to make the move and be in a place where we are going to stay in the long run.
Joe is eager to move his family into their new home.
“Wait till you see the next house I build,” he tells Us.
On May 12, 2012, Melissa told Reality Aired:
“We gave Montville a try and want to move back to Franklin Lakes before the kids reach an age where they will all be in school. When we sell our house in Montville, we will move into a rental while Joe custom builds our next house. Joe is a builder and a businessman. He will sell pretty much any property for the right price and build again bigger and better.”
They are trying to sell Melissa’s ‘dream house’ just two years after moving into it, and just one year after building her a recording studio in the basement. And now they are implying that they are going to build a bigger and better home, and then sell that one too for the right price.
The Gorgas sold the Franklin Lakes home that Joe built (in 2003) on the lot he bought in 2001, which was before the real estate bubble (he built the home after he met Melissa in March 2003; they started dating in October 2003, she moved in with him in December 2003 and they married in August 2004 — per Teresa, season 3 episode 6, which Melissa later confirmed); he sold the home in 2006 for a profit well over $1 million, which is how he was able to buy the lot and build the mansion in Montville.
In her Bravo blog on May 14, 2012, Melissa claimed that they moved into their mansion in 2008: this would mean that they were living in it while it was under construction (it wasn’t completed until 2009, according to tax records). So she inadvertently admitted that they were living in it without an occupancy permit (at the time, they had an interest-only construction loan, not a mortgage).
She also claimed they were approached by producers while living there in 2010; however, the real story is that Melissa’s campaign to get on the show began in 2008, and Bravo finally agreed to cast her when they promised to bring family drama and to ‘expose’ and ‘destroy’ Teresa (their audition tape).
They officially removed their mansion from the market when they signed their Bravo contract in September 2010; however, they never stopped looking for a buyer because they were in over their heads with the mortgage and taxes, which totaled $20,000 per month before refinancing in 2011, which lowered their housing payment to $16,000 per month.
“Bravo was interviewing and filming for RHONJ beginning in 2007. Looking back at the other loan documents dated toward the end of 2007, we can see that the Gorgas decided to plan to move on and up right around that time… They worked their tails off getting an obscene construction loan and bought the Montville property in 2007, but then didn’t finish building until 2009 and perhaps didn’t start living there until 2010… coincidentally around the time that S3 would start filming…
It [one of the mortgage documents] says: “The Borrower (aka the Gorgas) also did execute and deliver to Lender a Construction Loan Agreement and other loan documents pertaining to the Loan, as well as mortgages encumbering additional collateral located at 11 Mermaid Rd, Toms River, NJ and 489 Summer St, Paterson, NJ, all dated of even date with the Note and Mortgage.”
This tells me that not only was the 11 Mermaid home used as collateral but so was this 489 Summer property also used jointly as collateral. It also tells me that the $2.25 million mortgage was executed at the same time that a “Construction Loan Agreement” was executed, which probably means they are one and the same.
These documents would include the document in the first screen that talk about the initial mortgage.
So, the other properties were already being used as collateral and were continuing to be used as collateral in the modified loan…
So, the initial loan in 2007 was for $2,250,000 with interest rate of 9% and was obtained by putting TWO properties up as collateral and was a Construction Loan…
Under the modification they request to be able to change the interest rate (from 9% to 5%) and the repayment schedule (now pay $11,829.40 per month) and they request to extend the maturity date (from May 16, 2008 to April 1, 2041).
All of these requests get agreed to and so, as far as I can tell, this is the agreement they currently have that ties up three properties together.
– Kate, June 8, 2012, What’s That Smell
Joe bought the Montville lot in November 2007 (the year Teresa was cast on RHONJ, which is not a coincidence) and began building the mansion on it in 2008 (the same year they filmed season 1, which is not a coincidence). They moved into the mansion in 2009, when it was still officially ‘under construction,’ hoping to attract Bravo producers with their illusion of wealth. They completed construction in 2009, but they were living in it while it was under construction (and before they converted from the builder’s loan to a mortgage loan in 2011). They were added to the RHONJ cast in September 2010; the mansion was on the market, but they removed it from the market after they were cast on the show.
“Melissa, you were on WWHL making a complete @ss out of yourself. You had the nerve to laugh when they brought up your favorite subject Teresa’s bankruptcy. Your husband was also laughing about his sister’s misfortune. When the call came in about your own MONEY PROBLEMS it wiped the smile off your face. Honey you tried to act as if it did not bother you but because your such a terrible actress you looked like a DEER CAUGHT IN HEADLIGHTS. You were looking back at your husband like HELP. Mike Tyson read you really good. When he made that jokie joke it was on YOU and your HUSBAND. I seen you trying to kiss @ss but it did not stop Iron Mike. LOL. So you lied to the viewers. It turns out your house is a FLIP. REALLY!! Is that your story this season because last season you were telling a different story. What happened to the “HE LOVES ME SO MUCH HE BUILT ME MY DREAMHOUSE” B.S. Story you told us last season. It was Christmas Eve and Joey surprised me with the plans for this house my dream house. Pretty soon you and your husband will be filling bankruptcy too. I can almost smell it. You and your hubby are living above your means. Well you know the old saying EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY. Yours is quickly approaching just because you laughed at your SIL misfortune. I’m pretty sure someone out there will be digging up some dirt on you with proof. Let’s see if you will laugh then. Mike Tyson got your number. Like he said it’s your because you still have possession of the house even if your in foreclosure. After the way you have talked about your SIL and Joe it would be shameful if you ended up with MONEY PROBLEMS TOO. Remember, God don’t like UGLY AND YOU HAVE BEEN VERY, VERY, VERY UGLY.” – purplepower2012, July 10, 2012, Melissa’s Bravo Blog
The following is an excerpt from Melissa’s Bravo blog (notice that she never explained why they are selling the shore house they have owned for seven years, which was supposed to be the home away from home so she could be closer to HER family):
“Please don’t believe any of the rumors that we have a balloon payment due, that our interest rate exploded, or that we can’t pay our bills. Our mortgage history is all available in public records, so I would never say that if it wasn’t true. We have a 30-year fixed mortgage with an interest rate of 5% and have never once missed a mortgage payment in the whole eight years we’ve been married. It would make no sense that now we couldn’t afford this house.
“We own four buildings and have many other investments that would allow us to stay in this house forever if we wanted to. For the record, we sold our last house in Franklin Lakes for $2.45 million to LaVar Arrington (formerly of the Washington Red Skins and NY Giants) and bought in Montville so we could be closer to Teresa and the cousins. We moved into our current house in 2008 and didn’t sign on to the show until 2010. So obviously we did not just move into the house because we got on the show.
“We were approached by the producers two years after we were already living here. It does however kind of stink to be looped into the negativity surrounding everyone else’s problems, but I get, so that’s why I’m explaining it to you. Also, to all of you asking about my studio downstairs — it’s just a room, and all the equipment is coming with me! Yes there will be a new studio in my new house. Mind you, if we don’t sell this house, we aren’t moving anywhere. We will still be here! Sorry, it’s not juicier than that.”
Melissa contradicts herself in her April 30 and May 14 Bravo blogs:
In her April 30 Bravo blog she said that in 2008 they couldn’t afford diapers:
“There were times (like the one you heard me remind Joe of) that we couldn’t even buy diapers when Gino was first born. 2008 was definitely a hard year.”
In her May 14 Bravo blog she said that they moved into the mansion in 2008 after having just sold their last home (as the market was peaking), to an NFL player for $2.45 million (Joe bought the land for $345,000 in 2001, before the bubble years, and built the home, so his profit on the home was huge, probably about $1.5 million).
“For the record, we sold our last house in Franklin Lakes for $2.45 million to LaVar Arrington (formerly of the Washington Red Skins and NY Giants) and bought in Montville so we could be closer to Teresa and the cousins. We moved into our current house in 2008.”
Melissa said they moved into the mansion in 2008 (the same year that, according to her previous blog, they didn’t have money for diapers), but the tax records say building on it wasn’t complete until 2009, and the mortgage documents dated July 2009 list their address as their rental property in Kinnelon.
The loan documents prove that the mansion was an investment property: it didn’t sell so the construction loan was modified on July 1, 2009, for a three-year period at 6.25%, meaning the entire loan of $2.25 million would become due and payable in full on July 1, 2012 (the balloon payment that Melissa denies).
The Gorgas were cast and signed their Bravo contract in September 2010: the loan was again modified on April 12, 2011 (before the balloon payment came due) to their current 30-year fixed loan at 5% with a monthly payment of approximately $12,000. A loan modification is completely different from a refinance: normally you only get a loan modification if you can show financial difficulty in making the mortgage payments, and it is usually done to prevent foreclosure. Joe is a builder: it would be odd if he wasn’t struggling somewhat in this economy.
Their mortgage payment is $12,000 per month (it was $15,000 per month before they refinanced for the third time in April 2011). Public record shows their home was reassessed in 2012 for more than twice what it was in 2011 (because its finished value, or market value, was twice the amount it cost to build it). For tax year 2011 they paid over $52,000 per year ($4,400 per month) in residential property taxes. So their total house payment (mortgage plus property tax) is over $16,000 per month — that’s $200,000 per year to live in their ‘dream home.’ [Source] [Source] [Source]
To summarize: The Gorga’s initial loan in 2007 was for $2,250,000 with an interest rate of 9% and was obtained by putting TWO properties up as collateral and was a construction loan (for the lot, they paid $950,000 cash, which was profit from the 2006 sale of the first home Joe built). Under the Gorga’s loan modification request in March 2011, the interest rate was changed from 9% to 5% on a loan amount of $2,185,199, the repayment schedule was extended to April 1, 2041, and their new mortgage payment was lowered from $14,843 to $11,829 per month (not including property taxes of $4,400 per month).
- According to Melissa, in November 2007, the year Teresa was cast on RHONJ, the Gorgas purchased the lot for $950,000 cash (with profit from the sale of their home in Franklin Lakes, which Joe built before he met Melissa in 2003).
- According to public documents, on November 16, 2007, they received a $2.25 million loan “to secure future construction advances.”
- According to public documents, the construction loan was modified on July 1, 2009 for a three-year period at 6.25%, meaning the entire loan of $2.25 million would become due and payable in full on July 1, 2012 (the balloon payment that Melissa denies).
- According to public documents, the loan was again modified on April 12, 2011, to their current 30-year fixed loan at 5% with a mortgage payment of approximately $12,000.
On May 14, 2012, Melissa told The Huffington Post that they received a mortgage modification. The only way to be approved for a loan modification is to prove you are in financial hardship. It seems they are playing the finance game and the ins and outs of the spec business.
According to The Huffington Post:
As for the allegations that Joe initially built their home as a “spec” house under a construction loan, Melissa’s publicist confirms that is all true. They purchased the land in 2007 for $950,000 cash and then got the construction loan. While the home was being built they lived in a modest rental home.
Melissa claims public documents showing a mortgage modification prove they are not facing financial strain. Nor are the allegations that the couple previously resided in a modest home before upgrading to a “spec house” to appear wealthy on the show. “For the record, we moved into our current house in 2008 and lived there for two years before I was signed to Real Housewives of New Jersey in 2010,” Melissa insists to Huff Po.
“Joe built our last house in Franklin Lakes [149 Pulis Avenue], which we sold for $2.45 million to former New York Giant LaVar Arrington. When we sell our house in Montville, we will move into a rental while Joe custom builds our next house.” That home was sold in 2006 [LaVar sold it at a significant loss for $1,750,000 in 2008].
The home at 149 Pulis Avenue in Franklin Lakes that Joe sold to LaVar Arrington in 2006 (photo below) was the 5576 SF home that Joe built after he met Melissa in March 2003. This is the home that Melissa was referring to when she said,
“I wasn’t stupid like my sisters; of course when I saw his house I was going to jump on that shit.”
Joe sold the Franklin Lakes home to LaVar right when the market peaked in 2006, and made well over $1 million in profit, which is why in 2007 he had $950,000 in cash to buy the lot in Montville, on which he would later build the mansion (he completed construction in 2009, according to tax records).
“Melissa is basically admitting that they bounce around from house to house. I would think a wealthy builder would have a primary residence for his family to live and build his houses for sale. I mean while living in the houses may until it sales may be smart financially, it doesn’t sound stable for their kids to move to a new home every two years. I mean, he’s obviously not building these homes for himself. I think they aren’t ‘broke’ but under financial strain for the house. It looks like they invested most of the profit from the $2.45 million dollar sale of the Franklin Lakes home and bought the land hoping they would be able to do the same thing…little did that idiot know, the housing market would take a nose dive. I mean, they are only going to break even on both houses, if they are lucky. Why unload your primary residence unless you have too in order to build the next spec home?” [AllyJo, May 15, 2012, Reality Tea]
Melissa is lying when she claims that they built the mansion to be close to Teresa and her children and that they now are selling it to get away from the Guidices.
In the interview with Us Magazine about putting their Montville mansion on the market, the Gorgas claimed that they are selling their home and planning to build a new home in Franklin Lakes because they no longer want to leave near the Giudices; however, Franklin Lakes is only about 15 miles from where they now live:
“The Gorgas claim they originally moved to Montville to be closer to Teresa and Joe Giudice, both 40, and their four daughters, Gia, Gabriella, Milania and Audriana. ‘Guess it’s too close for comfort with all that has gone on,’ a source tells Us of the feuding family members.
Melissa is basically blaming Teresa for them moving just like she blames her for everything else! Apparently Joe and Teresa built an addition to her home in the past year for her parents to live with them permanently. If this is true, then why would the Gorgas want to move away from them?
The truth is, they can’t afford this lifestyle, and they owe more on their properties than they are now worth. Melissa “we pay our bills” Gorga and her husband are downsizing because he has no cash to run his business and the banks probably are not willing to give him a line of credit.
You have to laugh at their pathetic spin about how moving 15 miles away is going relieve them of all the stress of living near Teresa. The mansion that they are living in was never meant to be their home; it was supposed to have been sold to the highest bidder in 2009, but the market crashed and Joe Gorga is still holding out for what he thinks it’s worth.
Melissa made it clear in interviews and on WWHL that she and Teresa haven’t gotten along for years so, of course, she would not purposely chose to live near the Guidices.
On April 12, 2012, Melissa told Reality Tea: “Teresa and I were not speaking before the show. Do you think that would have happened at the Christening if we were a happy family?”
On May 6, 2012, on WWHL, Melissa said the relationship between her and Teresa was good in the beginning but hasn’t been in years. She also said that, if anything, the relationship between the two of them before she was cast on the show was worse than than it is now.
The Montville mansion was built as a spec home, and they never intended for it to be their permanent home… they were living in it while it was under construction in 2008/2009 and while it was on the market before they were cast on the show… they officially removed it from the market when they signed their Bravo contract in September 2010, but they never stopped looking for a buyer willing to pay their asking price, which is much higher than its current market value.
The mortgage documents show that the shore house is entangled with the Montville mansion (it was used as collateral), so they can’t sell one without selling the other (unless they come up with the cash).
Plus they added Melissa to the Montville documents when they converted from a construction loan to a mortgage loan — they needed the shore house and her Bravo income to qualify for the mortgage loan.
“As a builder’s wife, I can tell you it is not uncommon to build a ‘spec’ house and move into it if it doesn’t sell. We have never done that because it is financial suicide in a down economy. A lot of builders went under because they kept building spec houses and drew salaries off the construction loans. This is legal; however, when you keep doing this in a bad economy, it eventually catches up with you because, especially in these times, the bank calls the loan in. Banks aren’t doing too well either. I wondered, when they showed him in his office working, how he had that much work during this time. I can tell you, where I live, new residential construction in upper class homes are non-existent. We only build pre-sold houses, and we haven’t had a contract in 3 years. Now, having said that, he might be doing some remodeling, cheaper homes or light commercial work. Either way, if they are not pre-sold and he has been living off construction loans……he is in way over his head.” – Grammy8, May 10, 2012, AllAboutTRH.com
“I am currently living in Montville and have been for over 10 years. I can tell you these two will have a hard time selling this mansion, especially in the ‘pond,’ which use to be a swamp, by the way. Everyone is moving out of Montville; no one is moving into this town because its not affordable anymore and the school system is just alright. People in this town don’t like the Gorgas due to the reason you all obviously know — that they have been living here free of charge, kind of. The Gorgas are nothing what they put off to be. This is off subject, but Melissa never dressed this way or talked this way. This whole thing was a illusion and all of Montville was laughing at them. I agree with Grammy: my husband is also a contractor and no one is getting that much business anymore. These two are so fake, and whoever compared these two to Spencer and Heidi, your right on point!” – gianna, May 10, 2012, AllAboutTRH.com
“I’m confused, the mortgage document posted a few days ago said they have a 30 year fixed mortgage with an interest rate of 5%. Doesn’t sound right that their rate has exploded. It sounds more like they’ve been having problems ever since the loan stopped being interest free, which was fall 2009. Which would also then mean that it’s been tight for them the entire time the show has been filming. So while Joey and Melissa were casting stones at Teresa for spending carelessly during earlier seasons and getting into financial trouble, these two were doing the EXACT SAME THING! If there is any truth to their troubles, these two have nerves of steel to have made the comments they did to Teresa. And if it is true that these two were living in a modest home before filming the show, Teresa has a heart of gold to have never called them out on it.” – jerseygirl, May 11, 2012, AllAboutTRH.com
The difference between the Gorgas and the Guidices is that the Giudices bought their mansion in 2001, before the real estate bubble, but the Gorgas bought their shore house near the peak of the real estate bubble in 2005 for $450,000 and then built the mansion as the market was crashing in 2008… and it’s only gotten worse since then.
The Gorgas have a $2.2 million mortgage loan on their residence. They modified their mortgage for the second time on March 24, 2011 (the first modification would have expired on July 1, 2012; the rate was 6.25% and the monthly payment was $14,843). Their principal is now $2,185,199 with a 5% interest rate and a monthly payment of $11,829 until April 1, 2041 (their original loan amount was $2,250,000 with an interest rate of 9%).
“I’ve closed home loans for fifteen years. Nobody has qualified for a home loan modification unless they could prove a loss of income. The fact that the original note was for 9% tells me they had a less than perfect credit score. At the time, he most likely could prove a lot of income but that didn’t mean he paid his bills on time or at all. There’s that pesky little thing called a credit report. The bank took a chance and charged him a high interest rate. I’m also betting there was a balloon payment on the loan as well. That’s another sign of bad credit. The bank might notice that you trade cars in a lot and maybe they don’t stay in one house for more than a couple years so they want to force you to stay with their loan and they can charge you up to 10% of the loan price (at least in my state). That would be a huge chunk of change if Joe wanted to sell. He’d never get what is owed in the first place; and if he had to bring in a couple hundred thousand on top of that in order to close, he’d be up shit creek. He wants a lower interest rate and for the loan to be set at a new 30-year term so he can get that payment down. If the bank’s allowing it, that means he’s hurting.” – SalmonCakes, May 7, 2012, Reality Tea
Teresa said to her brother in season 3, episode 6, that the reason he finished building his mansion so quickly was because he had a construction loan.
The Guidices purchased their mansion in December 2001 for $530,000. It appears that the Giudices refinanced their mansion on September 12, 2008, consolidating their 15-year first mortgage ($379,500 on December 14, 2001), second mortgage ($210,000 on May 21, 2003), and home equity lines of credit ($250,000 on December 8, 2006 and $170,000 on February 5, 2007) totaling $1 million, and creating a valid first lien of $1.7 million at 7.25%.
“At least Teresa admitted she had money problems and OWNED IT. Reality Tea has the documents of them owing money. ‘We pay our bills” — Melissa said that last season. Well, I bet she’s eating those words now. Franklin Lakes is only about 10-11 miles from where they are now. I have to admit that was a nice cover-up to tell the press, but now their shore house is for sale too. Are they moving to a different shore too? Own it, don’t try to pretend to be something you aren’t. I wouldn’t be surprised if she divorces him and Bravo tapes it — it would be high ratings for sure.” – Alison Jo Weingartner, May 9, 2012, Us Magazine
“This house was built with a interest-free builder’s loan for one year. There weren’t even suppose to live in this house. Look it up. They moved into this house to try and look like they have money. Joe had money problems and lawsuits and leans against him for not paying people. Now that the year is up, they have to pay $15,000 a month or sell the house. I believe the amount of the loan was $2 million which is why they are selling it for $3.8 million, so they can earn a profit.” – Brie Lotts, May 9, 2012, Us Magazine
“Their shore house is also up for sale. Joe’s employees are demanding their paychecks. This house has a $15,000 a month mortgage payment. I smell a bankruptcy in the making. Let’s see how these two dim wits try to blame it on Teresa. Because they never take any responsibility for any wrong doing.” – Maur Fals, May 9, 2012, Us Magazine
Melissa and Joe Gorga and Kathy and Rich Wakile desperately clawed their way onto the show to take FULL advantage of the money and the fame. Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, as many housewives use the show as a platform for themselves. Each season women vie to be on Bravo housewives. Some get cozy with current housewives, others plant stories about themselves, others reach out to Bravo via publicists, etc. The reason the Melissa and her midget, and to some extent Kathy and Richie, get so much flack is because of their TACTICS. Melissa got in bed with Danielle and knew full well the only reason that Bravo wanted her was to bring drama to Teresa. When you intentionally try to bring down your own family for your spot on the top, you are taken to a higher level of famewhoring… even the Kardashians have loyalty within their family. Melissa acted like she is miss innocent and she is super wealthy and her husband has so much money. The truth of the matter is they invested a lot of money on the ‘appearance’ of wealth. Now that they are on the show, their investment has yet to yield a profit. I think they are just trying to break even at this point. They lived in that ‘spec’ house knowing they would have a balloon payment due, but they also knew that they would eventually be cashing in their Bravo schemes soon. They have a ridiculous mortgage payment every month (after they rushed to refinance) and they have to pay off all the debt they incurred getting themselves on the show. They want to cash in as much as they can and will do any and everything to stay famous… which is sad and pathetic. That is the Mego and Jogo’s new name… SAD and PATHETIC. – Tiger mom, March 2, 2012, AllAboutTRH.com
I am waiting for the dirt on the Gorgas to come out. Joey built the house for less than a million. They don’t even have furniture, but Bravo cameras don’t show that. He has taken mortgages on it for over 2 million ($2.6 million reported on one website, who really knows?). The property taxes are $50,000 a year. All those buildings he “owns?” All mortgaged to the hilt. Joey has a history of not paying his subcontractors (over 20 judgements against him in court). Just paying all his mortgages, property taxes, expenses every month must be over $50,000. So he gets rent from tenants in the buildings…still, it’s a house of cards. He must be under pressure, as his shore house is up for sale. Solution? Get on RHONJ and make some quick cash. Get Melissa a career so she’s raking in the dough. Only it’s not really happening for them. They get as many club appearances as they can, because they really need the $. Must be hard not to be jealous of Teresa who really is making $ now, lots of it. – bluesky1forever, May 7, 2012, LynnNChicago
Joe Gorga used to have a landscaping business and then he got into real estate (a lot of people jumped on the construction bandwagon when it was booming).
As we all know, the real estate market took a major dive in recent years, which is leading many to wonder if the Gorgas might be having financial troubles. While there is no bankruptcy news to report on the Gorgas, we can confirm that their custom built 2009 home was listed for sale in 2010. The 13,500 sqft home, with 6 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms, was listed for $4.1 million, and was only taken off the market just days ago (in September 2010 when they signed the contract for their first season on RHONJ). This has us wondering why a financially stable Gorga family would be trying to sell a custom built home that they just moved into a year ago. [Source, September 4, 2010]
During season 3, Melissa claimed that Joe surprised her with house plans and built the mansion for her as her ‘dream house.’ This was a lie. It was built as a spec home to sell for profit, but the market crashed and they weren’t able to sell it for what Joe was asking ($4.1 million)… they were living in it while it was officially under construction (construction loan v. mortgage loan) to give the appearance of wealth so that Bravo would cast them.
Melissa is a complete faker — she never even intended to live in her ‘dream house’ — they did not have an occupancy permit to live in the home until they later converted from a construction loan to a mortgage loan.
Melissa’s ‘dream house’ was a construction model her husband built, and they are staying there (illegally) until their construction loan balloon payment becomes due next year (in July 2012). They want to look rich for Bravo, but they plan on bailing on their house and moving to LA when it’s due next year (to pursue 31-year-old, mother of 3 Melissa’s dream of being a ‘pop star’). To build their ‘dream house,’ Joe and Melissa Gorga got a $2.25 million (interest only) construction loan — meaning a short-term loan to build the property to sell it for profit to a buyer, what builders do. It’s not a mortgage. You’re not supposed to live in the spec home… it’s totally scamming the system (because you’re not paying taxes on the improved value of the property, which would be the land plus the market value of the home).
Rumors are that Bravo advanced them their salary for season 3 so that they could furnish the spec home and that they rented furniture from Artistic Interiors for filming. It was sparsely furnished as you can see from photos of it on the MLS in 2010. Remember, they were living in it while it was on the market even though they didn’t have a mortgage loan or an occupancy permit.
Also, rumors are that Bravo actually provided the basement recording studio to enhance the Gorga’s storyline, and that it was constructed with the ability to be dismantled; or that the studio was rented and they just pretended it as theirs, in their house.
The Gorga’s home was for sale discreetly before they recently put it back on the market.
Last month RHONJ star Melissa Gorga tweeted (along with photos) that she was with the sweetest couple Kevin Jonas and his wife Danielle. Many wondered why the two were together, and AllAboutTRH can give you the real reason she met the Jonas couple. A reliable source tells AllAboutTRH that Kevin was interested in buying the Gorga’s house! The source says, “Kevin wants to live somewhere outside of New York and Kevin and his wife both thought the Gorga’s house was beautiful.” That explains the photo [of the Gorga’s with the Jonas’] being at Melissa’s home. So why didn’t it work out? The source says, “Kevin felt like Joe’s asking price was a lot more then it was actually worth and felt taken advantage of because of his celebrity status.” [Source, March 4, 2012]
You can see property transactions online and there are hardly any for Gorga Enterprises, so it doesn’t seem like he is the big time developer that he has been called.
Former Employee Accuses Joe Gorga of Being Broke; Joe Gorga Doesn’t Pay His Workers or His Bills!
May 1, 2012
Uh oh! Looks like Joe Gorga in is a bit of trouble! And when I say a bit I mean a lot! Many of Joe Gorga’s former employees are accusing Joe of not only being broke but building unsafe properties for undercutting costs!
Joe Manno was Joe Gorga’s former employee and is a veteran of the construction business. He tells Star Magazine that Joe ignores safety in order for things to be cheaper. Gorga goes as far as telling his employees to leave deadly black mold, lead paint and more! This caused Manno and several other employees to speak out against Gorga.
Joe Manno says,
“He is supposed to remove any kind of hazard before any construction begins. That’s the law. The whole building should have been gutted, but he just didn’t want to do it. I saw little kids running up and down the hall of one of the properties and I thought to myself these poor kids… they have no idea. I’m not going to keep my mouth shut so guys like this can hurt people just to make a buck.”
John Prevete is another one of Gorga’s former employee’s and he claims that Gorga owes him $70,000 and accuses him of being broke!
“Nobody showed up for work, because he’s broke.”
He adds that Joe Gorga failed to pay the electricity bill.
I bet Melissa is slapping herself in the face for making a comment last season saying “we pay for our bills!”
Also, in season 4, episode 2, Melissa says: “Joe actually has to go to work so he can pay the bills … yeah, it sucks.”
reddvette on May 1, 2012 at 5:53 pm said:
Slow Joe was sued by his window and sprinkler installers; they both won. He owed both over $100,000. Plus, it was printed that he had over 22 liens and judgements. That is the real reason Slow Joe has put stuff in the kids’ names.
Bethany on May 1, 2012 at 6:24 pm said:
That makes a lot of sense and explains why nothing is in Melissa’s name. I thought nothing was in her name because he knows she’s a gold digger. You’re right: put it in the kids’ names, because no one can touch it then. He isn’t smart enough to come up with that. Someone must have told him to do that. I also thought this was interesting, if the Star article is right: by the time the kids are old enough to actually have the buildings, they’ll get all the lawsuits to go with them. Add “Parents of the Year” to the Gorga’s redeeming qualities.
Taxing Times for ‘Jersey’ Duo
New York Post
May 14, 2011
“Real Housewife of New Jersey” Melissa Gorga, who’s been handpicked for TV to antagonize her bankrupt sister-in-law Teresa Giudice, brings her own financial woes to the Bravo reality show.
Melissa and her developer husband, Joe, who appear in the new season starting Monday, have tax liens against two of their properties, according to public records.
They bought their 13,000-square-foot mansion in Montville, NJ, in 2009 and have put it up for sale several times, Joe told us.
They’re also trying to raise cash with an Internet reality-show site called “Prove World.” Celebrities pay Joe to interact with fans, and fans pay to interact with them in online video chats.
When we asked the beefy developer about his financial situation, he told us in a text,
“Everything just got paid 30 minutes ago, no big deal . . . Thank you for the reminder, you saved me some interest. Keep me informed if I’m behind on something else thanks again.”
Comments on this article:
Stephen Ferrara · Asst. Sales Manager at Standard elevator says:
Hey Joe, you are the biggest a$$, pay us the money you owe us for installing your elevator!
Scott Roberts · University of South Carolina says:
nice house I helped you build Pay me the money you owe me bigshoot.
Melissa Never Even Intended to Live in Her “Dream House”
Joe and Melissa Gorga claim to have a net worth of $15 million. Melissa is a complete faker who could soon be struggling with her own foreclosure and bankruptcy. The curtain may be lifted on the Gorga stage — that lifestyle doesn’t match the intellect and talent — or lack thereof. Common sense tells us that it’s a house of cards.
There’s a story to that house they live in. It was on the market in November 2009 to September 2010 for $4.1 million.
8 Pond Vw, Montville, NJ 07045
Zestimate $2,498,200 ($1.45M – $3.82M)
Date Description Price % Chg $/sqft Source
05/15/2010 Listing removed $4,100,000 — $303 RE/MAX Village Square Realtors
12/22/2009 Price change $4,100,000 — $303 RE/MAX Village Square Realtors
11/01/2009 Listed for sale $4,100,000 — $303 RE/MAX Village Square Realtors
Stoopid Housewives says:
If anyone would like to check into the Gorga house saga, please go to this site http://mcclerkweb.co.morris.nj.us/or_wb1/or_sch_1.asp and enter the name ‘Gorga’ and a list of their many mortgages will appear; go to the second page and you will see an entry for 4-12-2011.
GORGA GIUSEPPE 02/13/2007 DEED
GORGA GUISEPPE 11/07/2007 NOS 20954
GORGA GIUSEPPE 11/30/2007 MTG
GORGA GIUSEPPE 11/30/2007 DEED
GORGA GIUSEPPE 11/30/2007 DEED
GORGA GIUSEPPE 06/27/2008 NUB 21110 (lien against the Gorga’s mansion)
GORGA GIUSEPPE 09/05/2008 NUB 21151 (lien against the Gorga’s mansion)
GORGA GIUSEPPE 08/06/2009 MTGMOD
GORGA GIUSEPPE 08/06/2009 MTGMOD
GORGA GIUSEPPE 04/12/2011 ASRM
GORGA GIUSEPPE 04/12/2011 MTGMOD
GORGA GIUSEPPE 04/12/2011 MTGMOD
The buildings Joe Gorga bought in Paterson (the ones he was showing off in his “kids names” in season 4, episode 2) are buildings actually co-owned with Bob Hiza (he was shown early in season 3 at a dinner the Wakiles and Gorgas had together.) He put the buildings in his children’s name so that they can’t be taken in the event of a bankruptcy.
“Joey owed taxes (paid them once they became news), had several law suits from suppliers for his construction business, the last of which was just settled in the last few months (no recent suits because he is not doing construction, just following Mel around), and then the house that was never meant for them to live in, until the show called, then was converted to a mortgage and now appears to be up for sale again discretely. Chris has two lawsuits right now which are for exactly the same thing that Joe Giudice did business-wise. Richie’s family business was sued by Exxon for not paying for the gas they received at the service station. Albert was called out by Governor Christie for lying about his residence in order to get a paycheck for the water commission that the taxpayers were funding. They are all the same.” – eveie6fan, March 4, 2012, Reality Tea
According to a source for AllAboutTRH.com, Joe Gorga owes Teresa money and owes Sheila Giudice $90,000 (Sheila is the wife of Joe Giudice’s brother Pete; her family has big money).
Joe Giudice revealed during season 3 that Teresa gave money to her brother to help get his business started. Joe Guidice used to run a construction business and Joe Gorga used to run a landscaping business; now both of them renovate and manage apartment buildings.Teresa explained at the reunion that her husband was the first to do this, and Gorga and Wakile sought his advice to get started in the business.
Also, Teresa stated during reunion 3 that Joe Giudice helped both Richie and Joe Gorga get into real estate. Melissa insisted that this was a false claim which infuriated her husband. Yet during season 4 episode 13, Joe Giudice said nearly the same thing that Teresa did at the reunion (which was filmed after this episode), and Joe Gorga didn’t deny it. Gorga didn’t get angry and insist that he had done everything in his early business on his own, like his wife later insisted. Instead, Gorga gave a tacit admission by saying:
“Isn’t that [helping each other in business] what family is supposed to do?”
Joe Giudice definitely did more than Melissa Gorga was willing to admit, because her husband’s reaction in season 4 was in no way comparable with her claims during reunion 3, which was filmed after season 4 wrapped.
“Juicy Joe point blank said to Richie that he helped him get his start in business, because he was just working at the gas station or whatever. Richie didn’t deny it but deflected with, ‘Well, now you have been flipping pizzas. Richie doesn’t want to give Joe credit for helping him. Neither does Joe. They hate that Juicy helped them, and they take it for granted that he should have just helped them. Funny how I don’t see them returning the favor but instead acting like jealous bitches for whatever reason. From what I have read on LSA, Joe and Richie’s finances aren’t all that, so no wonder they deflect all there misery on Juicy and Tre.” – buzybee1, July 23, 2012, Lipstick Alley
Transcript from the video above:
Joe Giudice says,
“This is his sister who started everything for him.”
Teresa cuts him off and says,
“Well I helped him.”
Joe then says,
“What do you think I am, freakin’ dumb? The kid had sh*t. You started his business. I can’t look up to people like that.”
Teresa again says,
“I helped him” and changes the subject.
The Gorgas did not pay Fred for the $50,000 Christmas party for ‘charity.’
“They owe Fabulous Foods $49,500 in Season 4. Joe Gorga never answered any form of communication from Fred, and initially paid Fred $500 then told him he would ‘take care of the rest’ via free construction work. Fred was taken back. He has one of the most beautiful homes in NJ – he needed the salary of a receipt he was owed, not $500 + probono work. After months and months of getting nowhere – Fred got angry. He was about to go to the press regarding Joey G, but Kim D stopped him. Interestingly, it was at a house party of Kim D’s where [!@#$%^&*] hit the fan. Bravo producers knew of what happened and asked Kim to bring it up at the party. Kim, knowing the show is half staged, assumed the other girls knew that this was going to happen and brought it up in front of Melissa. Missy went crazy. So did Joey G. In Season 4 they deny it, even though initially Kim tried to help them by asking Fred to not go to the press. Remember when Joe Gorga said on the WWHL After Show, when Andy asked Melissa if she got her dress at POSCHE, ‘hell no.’ This is why – he was pissed he got exposed.” – Insider Commenting at Reality Tea, September 17, 2011
“If I remember correctly, the Gorgas may be the next ones to have their dirty deeds come to light. On top of all the liens on their property and all the contractors suing him for nonpayment, it seems the Gorgas forgot to pay the party planner for the Christmas party. Kim D has keep the party planner from going public, but after the Joe was screaming at her at the fashion show, all bets are off. Cannot wait for the Gorgas to be taken down a little. They blame Teresa and Joe for everything that has happened. I hope that all the emails that Danielle saved from Melissa will make the news and prove once and for all that Melissa begged to get on the show and promised to take Teresa down.” – old NJ girl
Twenty-six lawsuits from 2002 to June 2011 plus one Better Business Bureau claim have been filed against Gorga Enterprises.
Lawsuits might run in the family. Teresa’s brother Joe and her sister-in-law Melissa claim that, unlike the Giudices, they “pay their bills” — but several lawsuits indicate that they don’t. Joe Gorga has been the subject of 26 lawsuits in New Jersey since 2002, as court records show, including:
- 2008 state tax lien for over $20,000
- lawsuit by Starlite Window Manufacturing Co. Inc. of Paterson to the tune of $30,000 for nonpayment of work
- lawsuit for $50,000 by a sprinkler company for work on an apartment complex in Paterson
- a civil judgement was made against them for over $12,000 to a company called Slaby Engineering Associates
Here are links to tax liens on Joe and Melissa Gorga’s house (there are liens from the fireplace installer and garage door installer totaling more than $20,000):
- Lien Against the Gorga’s Mansion by J.B. Fireplaces for $4,700 (filed 3/31/2008)
- Lien Against the Gorga’s Mansion by Precision Garage Door of New Jersey for $15,632 (filed 9/5/2008)
Summary of Other Lawsuits:
|10/5/2011||$3,723.76||Mountainview Crossing, GS||Closed|
|2/9/2010||$6,355.00||Div of Wage & Hour Compliance||Closed|
|9/17/2009||$47,500.00||Lorenzo Scala and Evans Scala||Closed|
|5/20/2009||$762.35||Greg Tanzer Sprinkle, R & Outdo||Closed|
|12/11/2008||$13,951.40||Div of Taxation||Closed|
|8/21/2008||$20,971.98||Div of Taxation||Closed|
Also see a list of other lawsuits filed against Joe Gorga here at StoopidHousewives.com
‘Real Housewives of Jersey’ Husband Joe Gorga Settles Lawsuit with Paterson Window Company
January 10, 2012
There was little drama as the husband of a “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member settled a lawsuit.
Attorneys for Joe Gorga reached a deal with a Paterson window company over $25,000 worth of work just as the trial was scheduled to begin Monday.
Darren Del Sardo, an attorney for Starlite Window Manufacturing Co. Inc., tells The Record newspaper the settlement would remain confidential by mutual agreement of both sides.
The suit, filed in 2010, claimed Starlite had entered into a contract with Gorga’s construction company to deliver $25,577.19 worth of windows and was never paid.
Gorga and his wife, Melissa, appear on the “Housewives” show.
Newest Addition Melissa Gorga is Also a Dead Beat Who Doesn’t Pay Her Bills on Time and May Also Have Foreclosure Problems!
September 13, 2010
The reportedly newest addition to Real Housewives of New Jersey is making news even before she joins the crew of the reality TV show.
Melissa Gorga, the sister-in-law of RHONJ cast member Teresa Giudice, owes a Boonton sprinkler company $50,000 for work on an apartment complex in Paterson, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Superior Court in Morris County.
Gorga initially reneged on an agreement to pay nearly $300,000 for the installation of a fire sprinkler and alarm system at a Paterson apartment complex, the complaint said. The complaint accuses Gorga, her husband Guiseppe and their business, Gorga Enterprises Inc. of breach of contract and unjustly enriching themselves by misdeeds, among other things, by failing to pay for work performed by Bravante Automatic Sprinkler Corp.
The Gorgas had a $260,000 contract with Bravante for a fire suppression system at 10-28 Courtland St. in Paterson in January 2008 and another contract for nearly $17,000 the following month for an alarm monitoring system, according to the complaint.
By Aug. 22, 2008, Gorga paid only $44,000 on the fire sprinkler contract and $3,000 on the alarm monitoring contract, the suit said. On that same day, Bravante filed a construction lien against them with the Passaic County Clerk’s Office.
The Gorgas owned up to part of a settlement agreement, the complaint said. They paid $191,000 of the tab by July 1, 2009, but they didn’t pony up $50,000 they agreed to turn over when they received a $1 million bank loan for the project, according to the complaint. By then, Bravante had performed more work totaling $21,909, the complaint said.
The Real Housewives Lawsuit Index
June 16, 2011
One of my readers, Waxdiva, was doing some snooping and found some interesting stuff about Melissa Gorga and her husband Giuseppe. It seems that these (expletive deleted) may or may not be having some foreclosure problems and what not. It’s one of their rental properties in a ghetto-ass Paterson neighborhood that may be getting foreclosed on. This is the one involved in the lawsuit with the sprinkler company!
“Lawsuits might run in the family. Teresa’s brother Joe and her sister-in-law Melissa claim that unlike the Giudices, they ‘pay their bills’ — but several lawsuits indicate that they don’t. Joe Gorga has been the subject of 26 lawsuits in New Jersey since 2002, as court records show, including a 2008 state tax lien for over $20,000. Most recently Gorga is being sued by Starlite Window Manufacturing Co. Inc. of Paterson to the tune of $30,000 for nonpayment of work. The Gorgas are also being sued for $50,000 by a sprinkler company for work on an apartment complex in Paterson. Additionally, according to public records, a civil judgement was made against them for over $12,000 to a company called Slaby Engineering Associates.”
‘Real Housewives’ Joe Gorga Targeted in Paterson Company Lawsuit
June 2, 2011
“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member and developer Joe Gorga described himself as a “clean guy” who always pays his bills as he finds himself the target of a civil suit seeking more than $25,000.
Starlite Window Manufacturing Co. Inc. of Paterson claims Gorga failed to pay them for a window contract. The company’s attorney said a few subcontractors have sought legal advice from his firm regarding debts they say Gorga owes them.
Gorga said Thursday that he is a developer who works on “big projects” and in his line of work “discrepancies happen all the time.” Gorga designs, builds and manages apartment buildings in Paterson.
Gorga said he was given a $100,000 estimate for windows for the Courtland Suites apartment complex in Paterson, but the price went up another $30,000. He said he paid the company the $100,000 he was originally quoted. Gorga said there was no formal agreement for the work because he does business with a handshake.
The suit, filed in Passaic County state Superior Court’s Civil Law Division in September 2010, states that Gorga operated a construction company at 259 Black Oak Ridge Road in Wayne when Starlite Window entered into a contract with him from December 2008 to January 2009 to deliver $25,577.19 worth of windows.
“Plaintiff has demanded that the defendants pay the said sum, but defendants refused and neglected to pay the sum or any part thereof,” the suit states.
Gorga’s company, Gorga Enterprises Inc., is based in Paterson and no longer has an office in Wayne.
Gorga has been the subject of 26 liens and civil court judgments in New Jersey ranging from $20,000 to $762 dating to 2002, court records show. The majority of civil judgments were small-claims matters of less than $15,000.
Gorga and his wife, Melissa, also a “Housewives” cast member, and the company were sued in September for breach of contract over money owed to a Boonton company for installation of a fire suppression system at Courtland Suites, according to published reports.
- Joe and Melissa Gorga Move into Rental Home After Claiming They Sold Their Mansion for $3.8 Million; Gorgas Claim They Are Building a New Home in Franklin Lakes
- Teresa Giudice’s Net Worth
- Joe Gorga, Contractor… Reviews And Ratings… BBB Gives Gorga “FailingGrade”… $65,000 Revenue Reported… $52,000 Tax Bill on House… How Do They Do It?? (November 11, 2012)
According to FindTheCompany, Gorga Enterprises had a total reportable income in 2011 of $65,000. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) gave Gorga Enterprises an “F” rating because they did not receive a response from the company about a customer who reported a problem with product/service on 8/25/2010. According to BuildZoom, Gorga Enterprises Inc., a general contractor in Wayne, NJ with license 13VH02220600, did not rank in the top 50% of the 31,145 Northern Jersey contractors.