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Chris and Jacqueline Laurita’s Mansion in Foreclosure and Removed from the Market (Updated 6/18/15)

January 11, 2014

Jacqueline Laurita and her husband, Christopher, have put their six-bedroom, 5,700-square-foot Franklin Lakes manor on the market, asking $2.85 million.

NJ.com reported on June 17, 2015, that the Lauritas’ mansion is in foreclosure:

Hudson City Savings Bank has filed papers in Bergen County Courthouse to foreclose on the Franklin Lakes home of Jacqueline and Chris Laurita. Another home owned by Chris Laurita, located in Wayne, is also being foreclosed upon.

The couple had placed the Franklin Lakes home on the market in January 2014 for $2.85 million, then dropped the price later that year to $2.78 million. The custom-built six-bedroom home on nearly two acres features ornate millwork, hand-painted murals in the dining room, a custom kitchen with a wine fridge, and a walk-out basement with playroom, wine cellar and an office.

According to the filing, Chris Laurita took out a $1.6 million mortgage in October 2007, with monthly payments of $10,846, but has not made made a payment since October 2014.

Court records also show that Nationwide is foreclosing on another home owned by Laurita — a four-bedroom Colonial in Wayne that he purchased in 2007 for $725,000, taking out a $525,000 mortgage.

The home was put on the market in 2012 for $699,000, and the price dropped to $599,000 by the time the listing was pulled in January. Nationwide claims Laurita has been in default since January 2012.

It is in foreclosure but they are still living in it. Records show the listing expired for the Laurtias’ mansion at 322 Waterview Dr. in Franklin Lakes, NJ. Real estate agent Gregory Earnshaw of McBride Realty, who had the listing, would not comment on the matter.

They listed the home on January 5, 2014, a few months after reports surfaced that Jacqueline was not asked to return for the show’s sixth season, and the Lauritas later dropped the price to $2.78 million. It lingered on the market for more than a year with no buyer. Bravo cast three new housewives for season 6, but the Lauritas did return about halfway through the season, if only to perform as part of the Greek chorus commenting on the legal woes of the Giudices. [NJ.com]

Jacqueline Laurita’s home in Franklin Lakes, NJ was put on the market on January 5, 2014 for $2,850,000. Before Chris married Jacqueline in 2002, he purchased the home on November 30, 2001 for $1,720,000 – the home is still in his name only. The home was last assessed in 2013 for $2,199,200 with yearly taxes of $34,242.

Laurita's home

The Laurita’s business bankruptcy case (Signature Apparel) has yet to go to trial.

1. In 2005, Chris and his brother Joseph formed a clothing company called Signature Apparel. In September 2009, the company’s creditors pushed the company into bankruptcy protection. The company’s creditors accused the Laurita brothers of diverting funds from the company for personal expenses and transferring company funds to family members and other family businesses, draining the company so dry that it was an empty shell and creditors couldn’t be paid. A lawsuit filed against the Lauritas by the company’s creditors is still pending. In the complaint, the trustee appointed to handle the interests of Signature Apparel’s creditors claims that they are entitled to pierce the corporate veil of the other Laurita companies, and to reach the personal assets of Chris and Joseph, to satisfy any judgment obtained in the litigation because:

  • Chris and Joseph directed Signature to pay the expenses of and make payments to other companies owned, controlled by, or affiliated with them. Those payments totaled at least and no less than $718,214 and further depleted Signature’s assets.
  • Chris and Joseph directed Signature to pay the personal expenses of and make outright payments to themselves and other Laurita family members. These payments totaled at least and no less than $7,086,013 (the “Fraudulent Transfers”). These improper payments have no legitimate business purpose and provided no value to Signature.

2. In January 2014, NorthJersey.com reported that the Internal Revenue Service placed federal tax liens on all the Laurita’s properties for unpaid taxes totaling almost $95,000.

3. In April 2013, tabloids reported that the Lauritas owed $340,000 in back taxes. When Jacqueline addressed the issue, she identified the back taxes as being owed to the IRS rather than the state of New Jersey, which has led to confusion:

“The $340k was from a tax audit in 2006 in which about 1/2 of that was added interest. We have been disputing this because we didn’t think it was fair to pay so much interest on something that we didn’t even know we owed until recently. The IRS is currently working with us to lower the amount owed and once that new amount is decided we will, of course, pay the amount.”

Jacqueline elaborated by stating that she and Chris filed tax returns and paid their taxes every year:

“My husband and I have ALWAYS filed and paid our taxes every year. We have NEVER evaded taxes.”

4. In April 2013, tabloids reported that the Laurita’s home was in pre-foreclosure. According to NorthJersey.com, they faced a foreclosure filing in early 2013 by Hudson City Savings Bank, but the Paramus-based lender withdrew the action in April, after the matter was “amicably adjusted.”

At the time, Jacqueline insisted that her home was not in foreclosure:

“Thank you for all who were concerned, but my house is NOT in foreclosure. We simply modified our mortgage which is a process. Our mortgage modification has been approved and all is good.”

A mortgage modification is done by the bank to help struggling homeowners who can’t pay their mortgage – it is an attempt to avoid foreclosure by lowering the monthly payments; it is NOT a refinance, which a lot of people do when interest rates go down. An assignment of rent is done when a mortgaged property is being rented – it ensures the bank can collect the rent directly from the tenants if the mortgage holder can’t pay the monthly mortgage.

5. The Lauritas and Manzos made it perfectly clear during season 4 episode 12 (a giant infomercial) that they have everything riding on the success of blk. – Chris Laurita had more screen time than Jacqueline in episode 12 and he did confessionals (THs) in season 4 looking rather depressed and saying things like “this has to work,” as if blk. was their last hope. During season 5, the Lauritas and Manzos heavily marketed blk. in conjunction with their promotion of the charity, Autism Speaks [Autism Speaks purposely misstates finances on their website and misleads donors – in 2011, they spent only 32% of funds raised on programs and services but state on their website that they spent 74%]. Also, during season 5, Caroline said that neither Albie or Christopher, who work with their uncle Chris Laurita to market blk., had received a paycheck from the business venture.

The following are details about the listing for the Laurita’s home at 322 Waterview Dr. in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

Originally Received: 1/5/2014

Year Built: 2001
Total Square Feet: 5,674
Lot Size: 1.75 acres
Total Bedrooms: 6
Total Bathrooms: 6
Full Bathrooms: 5
Partial Bathrooms: 1
Fireplace: Yes
Fireplace(s): 1 FPL
Garage: Yes
Attached Garage: Yes
Garage Description: 3+CAR, ATTACHED
Garage Spaces: 3+

Zestimate®: $2,320,391

Description from Zillow:

First time offered for sale by the original owners as seen on the TV show The Real House Wives of New Jersey. This 6 bedroom 5 1/2 bath Granite and Stucco manor home with 4 car heated garage is located in South Gate Urban Farms on 1.75 acres with Limestone walk ways. This custom built home greets you with a 2 story entry foyer, large dining room with moldings/hand painted murals, library with custom wood work, 2 story great room with custom molding/fireplace/wet bar done by Salerno, Salerno kitchen with commercial range/wine fridge/large walk in pantry, breakfast area, master suite with 2 large walk in custom closets, gym, all bedrooms have custom built closets, finished walk out basement with play room/wine cellar/card room/office/full bath, newer deck with outdoor kitchen, security system with cameras/night vision, whole house wired with stereo system including outside, radiant heat in entry foyer/great room/kitchen/master bath. Pool plans available for buyer.

  1. 322 Water View Dr, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
  2. 322 Water View Dr, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
  3. 322 Water View Dr, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
  4. 322 Water View Dr, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417

For more photos, click on the image or link below (14 photos in total).

Laurita's home 2


Hat Tip: Thanks for the tip runtheball!

  1. Sharon
    January 11, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    It is nice but if I had that kind of money I’d buy a ranch with log home in Montana.

    • Anonymous
      January 14, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      Me too!!

  2. Miami53
    January 11, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Beautiful on the outside but very dark inside. For my taste, too much of the brown molding on the ceilings. I’m surprise they have baseboard heat, not forced air.

    • IamNobodysHW
      January 11, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      I agree, this house needs some color. And the drapes are so heavy, looks like in a funeral parlor.

    • dch60
      January 12, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      Radiant baseboard heat is preferred over forced hot air. If a home doesn’t already have central air conditioning then it may be a problem for some but that’s not the case here.

      • January 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM

        Your correct, I think they don’t have forced air and so they don’t have central air conditioning. This will truly hurt them in wanting that much money for the house. They will be lucky to get 2 million for it.

        • Miami53
          January 13, 2014 at 1:47 PM

          In my first house, we had baseboard heat and then years later we put in Central air conditioning…our present house has the forced air along with central air conditioning. I’m just surprise for the size and luxury items they have in their houset….they had baseboard heat. My house was built in 1987 and we were able to do it…I’m wondering because we have gas heat, does that make a difference?

          • Jeannie5233
            January 13, 2014 at 6:14 PM

            The listing states central air and with radiant heating (along with the baseboard heating). Highly doubt this home does not have central air.

  3. Miami53
    January 11, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Also, I don’t like the murals on the walls….

    • luvfamewhorgas
      January 12, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      I was just gettn’ ready to post that very thing. Maybe one room but it appears that went mural happy in that house. Funny though I am trying to convince my husband to put flagstone type tile in our living room and entry/hall. Because I am soooo tired of the crappy carpet.

    • dch60
      January 12, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      I agree. It’s just too much. The ceilings are too much for my taste too… at least the color.

  4. January 11, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Nice house but I don’t like the decor. Nor do I like some other things that could be easily fixed. The decor seems to be common in all of the Jersey housewives homes.

    • Lisa
      January 11, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      The carpet?

    • dch60
      January 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      It’s possibly the Italian in them. Many Italians like things very ornate. My ex’s family did… Italians of course.

  5. Justso
    January 11, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    That house is really beautiful. I have been a realtor for almost 30 years and the pics are reflective of an upscale home with many special touches. Although everyone has their own idea of what is beautiful to them, this is truly a lovely-looking warm home with expensive finishes. Can’t stand the Lauritas but have to admit they have a great home and great location.

    • January 12, 2014 at 9:24 AM

      To me, the home is very baroque with heavy Old-World European influence. Not my cup of tea as it appears dark – I prefer light and airy. But to each their own – that is what makes the world go round! 🙂 There will be buyers out there who will love this home.

      • mzjulesaz
        January 12, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        I like the kitchen and laundry room.

    • Miami53
      January 13, 2014 at 7:03 AM

      I love the outside of the house but prefer Tre’s and TSIL ceilings better. The brown molding on the ceilings just stood out too much. Its funny, here we’ve been seeing this house for the past five seasons but now with the pictures, you are really getting to know it.

  6. Lisa
    January 11, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    What is going on with Melissa and Joe?
    Did they sell?
    Were they forced to moved ?

    • January 12, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      It is still listed in the tax records as being owned by the Gorgas with no sale recorded, as FW reported in mid September 2013 (https://famewhorgas.wordpress.com/category/gorgas-sell-mansion-and-move-into-rental/). They definitely removed the listing from the MLS, so if it was sold, it wasn’t sold the traditional way. On Realtor.com in September, after Us Weekly reported that they sold the home for $3.8 million, the home was not listed as “pending” or “sold” – instead, it was listed as “not for sale”, which would mean that the listing was removed from the MLS before any transaction took place.

      In my last blog, there were some comments that could explain why it is still in their name although they claim to have sold it and have already moved out and into a rental home: (1) it could be that the bank has agreed to short sale the property and it remains in the Gorga’s name during that process (but, in this case, you would think that it would still be listed on the MLS as “for sale”); (2) it was removed from the MLS and an entity such as Wright Entertainment Group has agreed to purchase the home but, for the time being, it remains deeded to the Gorgas – this means that the county does not need to be notified of a sale; or (3) they didn’t really sell it but are renting it out, maybe to foreigners like Melissa talked about with Jennifer Dalton at the lunch they had together in season 5. Just guessing, though.

      On September 14, 2013, a FW reader did some public records research and sent the following information on the Gorga’s mansion:

      “It looks like they still own both the Montville mansion and the shore house at 11 Mermaid Road. As of March of 2011, the mortgage company (Roma Bank) made them do a modification placing the property in a sort-of rental status with the bank. As long as they paid their payments of $11,829.40 every month, on time, then they remained in the home, basically renting from the bank. Then, they did another refinance: they re-mortgaged the Montville mansion, shore house, and some property in Paterson (3 tracts) together on October 11, 2012 for a $2.677 million loan and that discharged/paid off their 2007 $2.25 million loan (which previously wrapped the Montville and shore houses together) and discharged the assignment of leases (rental status) on the Montville home (as of July 2013). Not showing a purchase yet though.”

      • January 12, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        That’s an awful lot of borrowing from Peter to pay Paul.

      • January 12, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        “This is the last time I am doing this for Joe” Melissa Gorga

        • Miami53
          January 13, 2014 at 7:09 AM

          I have to make a correction on my latest post….after watching this video and seeing the pictures of their house and ceilings…I prefer white ceilings with light color moldings…not the brown.

      • Declan
        January 14, 2014 at 12:31 PM

        Wouldn’t someone know if the house was sitting vacant or if people are living in it?

  7. ANON
    • January 12, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      Using tax records, I looked up that address in the link you provided, but the Wakiles don’t own that lot. In June 2013, they purchased a lot for $675,000 on 755 Barnstable Lane in Franklin Lakes, which is where they plan to build their dream home, but rumor has it they put it on hold because Kathy was demoted.

      • January 12, 2014 at 2:20 AM

        I think the Wakiles and Lauritas both were depending on their bravo paychecks way more than they should have.

        • January 12, 2014 at 9:21 AM

          As with the Gorgas, it appears the financial and their legal problems are finally – FINALLY – catching up with the Lauritas.

          I said on the previous article and I feel it bears repeating. . . allegedly these people knowingly and willfully put decent, hard working folks who were making practically minimum wage out of work – in a failing economy – just so they themselves could lease expensive cars, take trips, finance cosmetic surgery, fly in private planes, and live a lavish lifestyle.. Reprehensible in all ways and, in my opinion, the Lauritas, if guilty, deserve to be behind bars – for a very long time.

          I do feel badly for their sons because once again, the children will bear the brunt of the sins of the parents.

          • pjbottoms
            January 18, 2014 at 5:28 PM

            ITA! Hard to wrap my head around owing much money!

        • Sharon
          January 14, 2014 at 8:23 PM

          Supposedly the Lauritas could not keep up with their house payments more than a year ago and Jac begged Bravo to put her back on for the last full season so they could not lose the house. Too bad Bravo did that as I would like to see her live like the average American. She has a mean “I’m better than you smirk” on her face way too often. I figure Chris will weasel his way out of their current money problems some how. Sadly. They live at the expense of those they have trodden over. Yes, I can’t stand the Lauritas.

  8. parkview
    January 12, 2014 at 2:37 AM

    For the thousandth time…….Jacqueline, like Melissa who made the same comment about her “modification”……modifications are approved by banks when the banks believe the owners are about to default on the loans. It’s a sort of last ditch effort, really on the part of the bank, and less so on the part of the homeowner, to avoid foreclosure. Often a foreclosure would be too expensive for the bank so they do a “modification”. It is not the same as refinancing. So no, jac, you didn’t simply do a “modification”. Nothing simple about it. Next time you wish to persuade the public that your finances are a-ok, despite all the evidence to the contrary, use the word “refi”—- never “modification”. You’re welcome.

    • January 12, 2014 at 9:12 AM


      As I said on the previous thread, can’t wait to see how Jacs will spin doctor away why they are selling the house when this news becomes more public!

      Such a fake – inside and out – and a fraud.

      • Sharon
        January 14, 2014 at 8:24 PM

        @Jeannie5233… ITA with you.

  9. black enga
    January 12, 2014 at 2:53 AM

    ROTFL, priceless!

    • January 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      Hi Black Enga! Hope you and Virtue are doing good. 🙂 Looking back at how Jax and TSIL treated Teresa during the season 4 reunion makes it hard for me to have compassion for their misfortune right now. Especially with h ow they lie about their wealth. TSIL was quoted saying she could afford her house ten times over was a complete crock of B.S.! I thought Jax was making a million off endorsements? I really doubt the Laurita’s are upgrading. Jax, Kathy, TSIL and Caroline really hurt themselves financially when they all ganged up on Teresa. I hope the other HWs from the other franchises are paying attention.

      • black enga
        January 12, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        ((((hey ceeeseee)))), I’m good, Hope everything is good for you also. Just helped my daughter and Virtie,lol move into a new apartment. Whew! Glad that’s done.

        These women and their houses, sigh. I could soooo easily be that lady from the movie Cold Mountain with the goats and be just as happy, heeee he he. I tease my kids and tell them that’s what I’m going to do when the baby graduates next year, and that they will never find me.

  10. Sackem
    January 12, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Ummmmmm, the fact it was featured on RHONJ would be special to who? Is this the Graceland of the Garden State?

  11. Sackem
    January 12, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Ha ha ha Missy’s booked named the worst book of 2013 in Entertainment Weekly! Just as she planed…

  12. Miami53
    January 12, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    I thought I had read somewhere that “maybe” condos or something was going to be built near their area. They may use that as an excuse…bringing the property value down.

  13. Honnie Badger
    January 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    While I like the way the home is laid out and its accents in the rooms, I do not think it’s possible to totally exorcise and or fumigate the stank of skank and douche that has permeated.

  14. Daisymay
    January 12, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Condos will surely be built nearby but they will be total luxury units and I don’t think it will affect values at all. Will be built on a closed country club property which is between their home and the manzos. Looks to me like the builders will spread this development out and it will be beautiful.


    • windycitywondering2
      January 16, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      Can’t begin to detail all the very curious way of doing business regarding this development! There is no such thing as a “hand shake” deal and the developer normally presents a PUD (Planned Unit Development typical of a developer who wants to put more units than current zoning allows – when using land differently than it is zoned for, the plan goes to the Zoning Board of Appeals. This commission goes over all ordinances that need to be amended to allow the proposal to be feasible. They also identify all things the developer must supply (roads, emergency vehicle needs, neighborhood parks, possible school, or public works facility, etc) as part of their plan – this can be work done or money handed over for the village to do the work…..
      This sounds like a multi housing stock requiring waiver of housing stock per unit. Going down from estate residential (like Laurita’s house on more than an acre). The high density isn’t luxury in any sense of the word. Carriage homes are small (usually three to an acre) and not the correct transition from what is currently surrounding the property in play. The regional school district officials supply the estimates of incoming students, how much is needed to cover the cost of individual education during construction (so the school district doesn’t have to eat that cost) and whether or not any new facilities will be necessary due to the new number of students this development will bring! Once everything is worked out and signed off with recommendations by the Zoning Board of Appeals it goes to the trustees (or whatever they are called ) for a final vote.
      While, I have worked with this particular Developer (In Illinois) in the past, it is curious that they were better know for commercial projects and are going “luxury” residential…. and I am sad to say that yes, there goes the neighborhood but likely the village needs revenue and “developer fees” are incredibly lucrative and sometimes hard to resist.

      • daisymay
        January 16, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        this is a single family HOUSE – maybe the building permits relate to property encroachments or distance to property lines….

    • daisymay
      January 16, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      and it isn’t on the street that the gorgas will be building on….

  15. jackhole2014
    January 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    I feel a little guilty that my reaction to this was “it is about time…” The truth is, I really do not think it behooves anyone to wish bad on another ( not exactly sure that is what I was doing? ) but the fact that Jac had such loud and strong outbursts about Teresa’s situation, which I still think is the lesser of the two evils in my very novice opinion ( have learned a boat load of knowledge on here, thanks Fame and Fame-ily! ) makes me react this way.

    Although we know how fake the show is for the cameras, I am still of the thought that behind the scenes, the entire cast ratted Teresa and Joe out and they all struggled (mostly Joe Gorga and Jac ) with their guilt. Hence why in front of the cameras we saw this confusing united front of these moronic attempts of them trying to convince the audience how horrible Teresa was, but with no evidence to support it-to this very day! I know I have said it a million times, but the reason why I felt so repulsed by them is because it was evident and documented that none of them had clean hands either!!! So who the hell is Jacqueline Laurita to call Teresa shady when clearly the sun does not shine very bright on her doorstep either!!

    Anyways, we know that Jac aligned herself with Kim G ( and again, thanks to Fame, we know the implications of that for Teresa- the whole Chacon, Hiza connection etc ) I am wondering if Kim was convincing Jac that if she flipped on Teresa that she (as in Kim) could make her financial mess go away? Kim thinks she is God incarnate and Jac seems very vulnerable…I just think that Jac would have needed more out of the deal of flipping than just plain “payback.” My point in all of this, it is interesting how the Laurita’s have such a serious case against them but had the audacity to point at the next guy’s bad business decisions…perhaps something made Jac really and truly believe that her “mess” was not going to get so messy??

    I too am interested to hear how this will be spun…hopefully into a cyclone and off to the Land of Oz(and she can take her little dog Melissa with her)!!

    I’m baaaa-aack! Lol

  16. NCGal
    January 12, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Episode 3 of “Manzo’d Whatever They are Calling it”: Jac moves in.

    • January 12, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Maybe she will punch Caroline in the face again lol

    • January 13, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      whaaattttt?????????? Maybe they are all paying the mortgage! I am not one to knock anyone about their financial situation because no one knows what the real story is and why something happened. But for real?????????????

  17. teramusique
    January 12, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    I do like the outside design of the house. Too bad the interior is so ugly..

  18. daisymay
    January 12, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    don’t know if this means anything or not, but if you go on zillow ‘s map at 332 waterview drive, it lists their house for sale BUT there is also another icon (basically in the same spot) that says it’s in pre-forclosure at 1,76 million! it said to sign in for details which i did not do – but the two properties both have the exact same square footage listed….. what does THAT mean?

    • NCGal
      January 12, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      I signed in

      Once you do, there is more info.

      FEB 12 2013 Home in default The owner of this property has been served a Notice of Lis Pendens.

      Loan issued A loan was issued by HUDSON CITY SAVINGS BANK.

      FEB 26 2002 Previous sale $1,720,000 This home last sold for $1,720,000.

      Then there is this:

      Name and address and phone of foreclosure atty is listed.


      Foreclosure type:
      Notice of Lis Pendens: null on 02/12/13
      Parcel number:
      20 03102-0000-00003-0003

      Don’t know what it all means, but there it is.

      • NCGal
        January 12, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        From what I can gather the “Null on 2/12/13” “most likely means that the lawsuit once pending has now been dismissed. The lis pendens is now a “nullity” or “of no consequence.””

        • NCGal
          January 12, 2014 at 7:25 PM
          • NCGal
            January 12, 2014 at 7:33 PM

            And from Investopedia.com, here is the definition of Preforeclosure
            Definition of ‘Pre-Foreclosure’

            “The status of a property which is in the early stages of being repossessed due to the property owner’s inability to pay an outstanding mortgage obligation. Reaching pre-foreclosure status begins when the lender files a default notice on the property, which informs the property owner that the lender will proceed with pursuing legal action if the debt is not taken care of. At this point, the property owner has the opportunity to pay off the outstanding debt or sell the property before it is foreclosed. “

  19. LifeIsGood
    January 12, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Hello everyone! I’ve been battling pneumonia for the past week or so, so I haven’t been online much. I had a very hectic (but great) holiday season and the lack of sleep and stress caught up with me. I’m on the mend, though. I’ve slept more in the past week than I did from Thanksgiving to Christmas, LOL!

    As for Jac – she is about to learn what it feels like when your financial problems become fodder for the tabloids and blogs. I don’t think her issues will receive the level of attention and scrutiny that Teresa’s has, but she’ll get a taste of it for sure. I wonder if she will feel regret stepping on Teresa’s neck when she was down? Even though she is batshit crazy, I think she has the potential to recognize when she is wrong (but I wont hold my breath for an apology).

    I’m no lawyer, but if the Feds and Signature creditors can pierce the corporate veil, their financial situation is going to go hell very quickly. To prevent this, I’m sure they are spending a small fortune on lawyer fees. Either way, they are going to have to do some serious downsizing.

    I’ve always liked Jacs house. Although, I would brighten it up a bit and remove the murals. I don’t think they’ll get that price since there is a new housing development planned for the neighborhood.

    • Jeannie5233
      January 13, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Glad to hear you are on the mend LIG 🙂

      While I think Jacs is a bit unhinged and there may be some truth to her substance abuse, I don’t believe Jacs has any conscience about what her role may have been with Teresa or anything else for that matter. Her behavior during Season 4, her histrionics on that season’s reunion, and her ridiculous, obsessive tweeting pretty much sealed the deal for me as to her character or lack thereof.

      • LifeIsGood
        January 13, 2014 at 6:42 PM

        Thanks, Jeannie. Feeling better every day!

        I think Jacs behavior toward T was repulsive. I also believe that it cannot be entirely explained away by the obvious mental and substance abuse issues. But unlike Melissa or Caroline, I do believe there is a conscience in there somewhere. I don’t know why I think that way, it’s just a feeling I have. MeHo’s actions were driven by an agenda to destroy Teresa, and she carried it out in a very cold and calculated manner. Jacqueline seemed motivated by anger and a twisted sense of betrayal. I think she truly cared about T at one point.

  20. dch60
    January 12, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    I thought Jax had a pool. In my head I can picture so many scenes that involve their pool. I know Caroline has a pool but I though Jax did too. Oh well… I’m used to my memory failing me but dang… I would have bet money on it.

    • January 13, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      I did too. The first season field day?

    • January 17, 2014 at 4:10 AM

      I would have bet they had a pool, too.

    • Miami53
      January 17, 2014 at 6:37 AM

      No, I never thought she would have one….remember….she never liked herself in a bathing suit. Caroline had a beautiful pool. I remember Tre coming over with the three girls and they were playing in it.

  21. Julie
    January 12, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Lis Pendens
    [Latin, Pending lawsuit.] A reference to the jurisdiction (or control) that courts obtain over property in a suit awaiting action.

    A notice filed in the office of public records that the ownership of real property is the subject of a legal controversy and that anyone who purchases it takes it subject to any claims asserted in the action and thereby its value might be diminished.

    West’s Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved

    What stood out to me is the phrase “ownership of real property is the subject of legal controversy” because it implies that there is, or was, a foreclosure, pre-forclosure or questionable transfer of title or something along those lines.

    Not a simple loan modification!!

    • January 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      the “simple loan mods” have thrown more people into foreclosure than anything else. The loan mods were supposed to help people but screwed people up. What they are feeling is not fun. I pity them for this.

  22. Julie
    January 12, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Did a little more research and EVERY realtor who answered the question stated that “Lis Pendens ” means that the bank has officially started foreclosure proceedings. The house is in pre-closure. Why it is null on the same date, I have no idea. Obviously the bank worked with them to avert the foreclosure (loan modification) but it’s pretty clear they’re selling now because they can’t afford it.

  23. January 13, 2014 at 4:38 AM

    Okay, I’m on my kindle and don’t know how to hyperlink article’s from different websites. Sorry. On Christian Post website they have a article about TSIL tweeting Nene Leaks congrats for the # of viewer’s watching RHOA. She also added that Nene never throws products at their fans. I guess after the tweet some people were calling her out on it by asking her if that was a dig at Teresa! Of course the “Worst Book of 2013″ author denied her hypocritical tweet. After watching how TSIL behaves for three seasons I do think TSIL was”throwing some shade” @ Teresa. I also have a strong feeling from TSIL’s tweet that she may be blaming Teresa for the 1 million less viewer’s RHONJ had last season. So, here comes the narcissistic housewife who is going to use any chance she gets to passive-aggressively suggest she’s not the cause of RHONJ drop in viewer’s! From the response TSIL received on tweeter more people can see right through her B.S.!

      • January 13, 2014 at 9:09 AM

        Thanks for the link, Kay! I misspelled “Twitter”. The “N” button on my laptop is stuck so I’m using my son’s old Kindle Fire to type! I’m a slow typed on this thing. 🙂

      • Miami53
        January 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM

        Of course they were both at fault and love each other now….because it was all BS for the last couple of seasons. They were just playing a “part” for the producers….but in the same breath, we do know someone likes to be passive/aggressive and always a “victim” in their family!!

      • January 18, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        Thanx Kay! Woulda missed this link. So, Meho can blow her hot air up our butts all day bout her &Tre bein in a better place, yet her jealous venom just cnt be contained. Cant take TRvr outa the girl (or the parkin lot) that was a deliberate shot, low low at Tre. Sadder evn still w/all that Tre is having 2 face. U would think family would leave you alone, not our gal! Its amazing, she’s the devil.

  24. January 13, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Does Chris and Jac still have Grandma Nettie Laurita’s old house for an office?

  25. Miami53
    January 13, 2014 at 10:24 AM
  26. January 13, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    The Gorgas and Lauritas may not have anything left to pay for the civil suit filed after they attacked Johnny Karagiorgis. How many lawsuits has Christopher Laurita been involved in? BLK, Signature Apparel. Their fake lawyer got in trouble. I wonder if Chris wishes he never met Jac and he married his fiance the best friend of his sister Dina.

    • January 13, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      I still say that the feds are building a major case against the Lauritas and they are the next big thing to come out in the media. You can’t bleed a company for tens of millions and think that all that will happen is a small fine. Remember they actually filed a corporate bankruptcy and didn’t pull it.

      • GPM
        January 13, 2014 at 7:34 PM

        From your lips to God’s ear, Buck! But unfortunately, there seems to be little justice in the justice business these days.

  27. Miami53
    • Miami53
      January 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      They took their house off the market

      • Jeannie5233
        January 13, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        They sure did!!! Zillow says it was removed as of yesterday January 12, 2014.

        Just speculating but could this be another “buyout” ala Gorga? I’m just grasping at straws here!

        How strange!

        • Jeannie5233
          January 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

          However, the Realtor.com and ColdwellBanker links still show the house For Sale. And NJMLS.com still has the listing as Active. Also, it is well known Zillow can be unreliable.

          I guess we will just have to stay tuned but I think it is still for sale.

          • Miami53
            January 13, 2014 at 8:40 PM

            Its back on the listing without her address posted…

            • January 14, 2014 at 10:31 AM

              I lost so much respect for Chris, Jax and Ashlee for treating the Giudice’s so horribly. Yet, I hope Chris and Ashlee make sure Jax’s mental stability is okay. From what I get from Jax’s personality is she is mentally and emotionally fragile. She can laugh at other’s financial matters but she’s not strong enough to handle her own. Jax has 2 little boys that look up to her. I hope she doesn’t have a mental breakdown when she’s alone with them. I think about her phony Twitter followers and hope she is under the care of a psychiatrist.

              • GPM
                January 14, 2014 at 2:27 PM

                “I think about her phony Twitter followers and hope she is under the care of a psychiatrist” — okay, I had to laugh at that!

                Do you mean the ones she was, uh, retweeting?!? That had to be one of the oddest things I’ve ever heard of.

                • January 14, 2014 at 3:29 PM

                  Yes, GPM! Faux from faux reality entertainment website wrote a blog about “Jacqueline Laurita sees tweets that don’t exist” last fall. She was re-tweeting tweets where her phony Twitter fans were giving her wonderful compliments! I don’t know how to hyperlink the page using my kindle, sorry, but go to faux’s site. It’s an interesting blog and the comments are pretty funny.

                  • January 14, 2014 at 4:14 PM

                    Who did a story where Chris wanted Jacquline declared mentally incompetent, therefore unable to testify in court?

                    • January 14, 2014 at 8:34 PM

                      I believe Faux also did an article on that as well but it has been removed along with mostly all the articles relating to the Laurita bankruptcy.

  28. January 13, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    This is completely off topic but I have my own rh drama going on and would love some insight if possible. I don’t know if this is allowed so Fame I completely understand if you delete it. We recently moved back home after 7 years in NM. My oldest and dearest friend and his wife just had a baby (which I am truly and unbelievably happy for them about). My problems arises when every time I have offered or attempted to do something for them I get the door slammed in my face, including buying the wife a birthday gift; but they are more than willing to help me out with things with no problem. Now my husband and I have had a crap year but they do not know everything. I am not that person to just groan about everything we have going on. They know the high lights. That is part of why I relate to Teressa. I am very realistic but if I were too stop and think about it and pity myself I will be a negative nelly and I have to believe that everything is going how it is supposed too. That it will all work out. I woke up scared on 12/31 because of how bad the last 18 mos have been and I am kinda of scared of this coming year. But all I wanted was to celebrate with my best friend and his wife (with whom I have my own friendship with) and they will not let me. Hell I even quit smoking cigarettes. Love my Halo e-cig and my nicotine levels are going down with that. I am so hurt and I have decided to step back from the friendship because I refuse to throw a 25 yr. long friendship down the drain. This started when I offered to throw a babyshower and I was told to “get in line”, her sister wanted to throw her one. Okay I get that but really? Then her sister emailed me and told me we were throwing it together. I never knew. Then I never even got a freaking thank you for throwing her a shower. I have so many more examples of having the door slammed in my face. While in NM I thought if only I can get back to my family and my best friends then everything will be fine.
    Thank you

    • luvfamewhorgas
      January 13, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      Wow. I think stepping back is all you can do. And it may have NOTHING to do with you. Just a stab in the dark but the sister would have been mad if you had given the shower and she wasn’t involved? Or maybe the wife is hormonal and nuts right now and jealous of you? Even though you are friends with them both maybe she is jealous of the friendship? I don’t know people act nuts when they have new/first babies. And I had one 3 years ago so I am not judging but they seem a little sensitive.

    • Jeannie5233
      January 13, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      Hi jennacheryl – I agree with luvfamewhorgas. It probably would be best to step back for now. A first time pregnancy along with all the stress of anticipating parenthood can certainly cause all kinds of havoc. Everyone responds differently. Some are excited and others scared. it can be overwhelming in and of itself. I understand it must be hurtful to you as this sounds like a very special friendship but if you hope to be able to keep that friendship you may have to come to an understanding that all relationships evolve and shift. Nothing remains static. Hopefully, after the little one comes and things settle down a bit, it will get easier for you.

      I also hope 2014 brings peace of mind and is kind to you in the other aspects of your life. ((jennacheryl))

      • January 15, 2014 at 8:57 PM

        HI Luv and Jeannie, I have and will try to continue to step back. Of course I understand and accept that nothing stays the same, but if I were in that position I would tell my friend hey I am in freak out mode right now so if we disappear for a hot minute it is not because of you.
        The part that is very confusing is that they have no problem trying to help us out but refuse to accept help from us. But they are willing too (I witnessed this 2 ft in front of me) accept help from fake people who just want to be someone other than themselves. That I do not get and that was my final straw. I do not know if that makes sense. Sorry for the late reply I could not post….time for a new laptop lol
        Thank you for your insight, I truly appreciate it!

    • Sackem
      January 13, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      We’re you friends with the husband first? As pubescent as it might sound, very few wives “like” the best girl friend. They might act as though they do but you may have been the former “woman” in the relationship. My best mate of almost 20 years had ALL types of threats made against him by girlfriends due to our platonic friendship and although I have a friendship with his now wife, my friendship with him isn’t as close, we have a strong bond but we aren’t “close”. It’s kinda like the family thing, a please correct me if I’m wrong, the wife’s family is sorta closer than the grooms family and simply because girls need their Mum’s and although you might have a good relationship with a MIL, it’s your girlfriends, sisters, mothers, aunts that are your go to people. I mean, you juggle and balance but I’ll ring my Mum and sister for advice first.

      I think you could be in a step back situation which sucks. It’s tough being a bloke’s best friend.

      • Sackem
        January 13, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        * excuse the errors, on my iPhone

        • January 14, 2014 at 5:41 AM

          My Mom said it was never proper for a relative to throw any kind of shower.

      • January 15, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        HI Sackem,
        Yes I have a strong bond with the husband and yes I was friends with him first….we met in Jr. High. The wife’s family is a bit complicated and I have wondered if she is not envious of the fact that I am close with my family and with his. The wife did not like me at first and I cannot fault her for that, another friend a cause of that, but I honestly thought we had gotten over that hump. The wife is not close to her parent but exceptionally close to her ex step family. Her primary parent was a piece of work and did a number on her emotions. My mom is very hurt for me because she knows what is going on.

        • luvfamewhorgas
          January 16, 2014 at 6:25 PM

          I bet that is what it is. She is jealous you get along with him and his family. Does she get along with his family?

  29. January 13, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Back in September of 2013 in Bankruptcy court

    Click to access 221573_105_opinion.pdf

  30. GPM
    January 13, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    While I’ll leave the question of price to a willing buyer, I agree with Justso that it is a lovely home. I would also agree, however, with those who have expressed an opinion regarding the dark heaviness of the decor. It’s difficult to see what I imagine would be Jac’s taste expressed in the home; it appears to me that Chris may have decorated it to a man’s taste years ago and it’s largely remained the same.

    Queen Latifah’s house in Colts Neck, NJ is also on the market at approximately the same price. Those who prefer a lighter decor might enjoy looking at the pictures online at http://www.coldwellbanker.com/property?propertyId=282741180&mode=detail&brandType=CB.

    At 7,000 square feet situated on 9 professionally landscaped acres and an Olympic-size heated Infinity pool, I’d say Queen’s is the better buy unless Jac’s location is more desirable. Certainly, Queen’s home seems to me to have a more uplifting ambiance. Looking at the pictures above I just keep thinking to myself, “So this is where the crazy happened.”

    I have zero respect for these charlatans who I know are responsible for their own financial difficulties, but I cannot take joy in their pain.

    • mzjulesaz
      January 14, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      I really like QLs house, very nice.

    • Julie
      January 14, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      Colt’s Neck is where Bruce has a horse farm and Bon Jovi’s nearby. I’d say that’s pretty desirable!! Also very close to the shore which is a big plus.

    • January 15, 2014 at 5:33 AM

      Love all that sunlight

  31. January 13, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    – The suit seeks $2.8 million in damages from ROC Fashions and principals Ruben Azrak, Victor Azrak and Charles Azrak, who allegedly aided and abetted the Lauritas “in connection with a scheme to unlawfully extract and abscond with Signature’s valuable intellectual property and proprietary information, and thereby defraud Signature’s creditors, on the eve of Signature’s bankruptcy.”

  32. Miami53
    January 13, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    I believe i read that the house is only in Chris’s name, I wonder why?

  33. January 13, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Friends and Family! Unfortunately. RT @Oprah_World Hard times reveals true friends.— Chris Laurita (@chris_laurita) January 5, 2014

  34. January 14, 2014 at 5:43 AM

    Speaking of “juicy”…I heard he’s willing to buy some of the contents if Shady Chris needs some cash. 🙂

    Not to be too Chaconey here, BUH….is there a hotline to report this>>>”… in 2011, they spent only 32% of funds raised on programs and services but state on their website that they spent 74%].///”????

  35. January 14, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    LifeFacts ‏@LifeFacts 21 Nov
    Shit happens when you trust the wrong people.

    Chris Laurita ‏@chris_laurita 21 Nov
    RT @LifeFacts Shit happens when you trust the wrong people.

    LifeFacts ‏@LifeFacts 21 Nov
    Never mistake silence for ignorance, calmness for acceptance, or kindness for weakness.
    Retweeted by Chris Laurita

    Unrevealed Facts ‏@UnrevealedFacts 29 Nov
    The more loyal you are to others, the more disappointment you encounter and experience.

    Chris Laurita ‏@chris_laurita 29 Nov
    RT @UnrevealedFacts The more loyal you are to others, the more disappointment you encounter and experience.

    THE ILLUMINATI ‏@ThelIluminati 9 Dec
    Blood makes you related, loyalty makes you family.
    Retweeted by Chris Laurita

    Oprah World ‏@Oprah_World 10 Dec
    I’m gonna make the REST of my LIFE, the BEST of my LIFE.

    Chris Laurita ‏@chris_laurita 10 Dec
    !!!RT @Oprah_World I’m gonna make the REST of my LIFE, the BEST of my LIFE.

    LifeFacts ‏@LifeFacts 11 Dec
    Remember those who were there for you, and forget those who weren’t.

    Chris Laurita ‏@chris_laurita 12 Dec
    Absolutely. RT @LifeFacts Remember those who were there for you, and forget those who weren’t.

    Unrevealed Facts ‏@UnrevealedFacts 30 Dec
    Money does not change people, it unmasks them.

    Chris Laurita ‏@chris_laurita 31 Dec
    Learned a lot this yr. I will never forget those that were there for me and I will never forget those who weren’t. Looking forward to 2014.

    THE ILLUMINATI ‏@ThelIluminati 31 Dec
    True friends will be by your side through it all.

    Chris Laurita ‏@chris_laurita 31 Dec
    Learning that the hard way! RT @ThelIluminati True friends will be by your side through it all.

    Oprah World ‏@Oprah_World 4 Jan
    Hard times reveals true friends.

    Chris Laurita ‏@chris_laurita 4 Jan
    Friends and Family! Unfortunately. RT @Oprah_World Hard times reveals true friends.

    • GPM
      January 14, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      “Remember those who were there for you, and forget those who weren’t.”

      “True friends will be by your side through it all.”

      I just keep picturing Jac torturing Teresa during that five-hour interrogation on her patio with Creepy Chris watching all, the one that culminated in Jac saying that she intended to keep a clearly confused and distraught Teresa at a distance from then on, all of which was followed, of course, by her wild-eyed madwoman’s attacks on Teresa at the following reunion.

      Way to be there for your friend, Jac!! Way to be by her side through it all!!

      Here’s a true friend for you, Chris — a true friend somehow manages to remain civil to you when you have humiliated them and publicly stabbed them in the back. A true friend doesn’t reveal family secrets even when though you profited from revealing theirs. A true friend doesn’t restrain your child in a room against their will.

      I could go on but I do not think he could possibly get to any point of understanding.

      • January 14, 2014 at 4:05 PM


      • January 14, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        Good examples of Chris’s hypocrisy. I kind of wonder if Jax is using Chris’s Twitter account now? I think karma has moved into the Lauita’s lives a while ago. Their too arrogant to notice, though.

        • January 14, 2014 at 7:45 PM

          I think Jaq has always been behind Chris account. Same sm and block mentality.

      • elemcee
        January 15, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        GPM, this comment is absolute perfection!

  36. Kay
    January 14, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    In addition, the Internal Revenue Service has placed federal tax liens on all the Lauritas’ properties for unpaid taxes totaling almost $95,000, according to public records. – See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/240151401_Real_Housewife_asking__2_85_million_for_house.html#sthash.SExiBmNq.LAy53huA.dpuf

    • January 15, 2014 at 6:49 PM

      Thanks for this, Kay. I added it to this blog.

  37. January 14, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    I finally finished reading the article and all of the wonderful comments. I pray all of you are well.

    In my opinion this is just the beginning of what is to come for Chris and Jac. Using the company’s money to finance their lifestyle, Jac getting a hefty check for doing no work for the company, their jealously and in my heart I truly believe they planned to use autism as a means to sell blk. I believe Joe and Melissa will soon be getting their karma. Anyone who takes advantage of their parents the way Joe did, will have a serious karma debt to pay.

    While reading the article, thinking back of what occurred on the show, the Guidice’s troubles (I love Teresa, however I believe Joe’s business dealings were somewhat shady) and seeing Melissa’s interview, this quote kept going through my head, “To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” Of course I also picture my mother shaking her finger, saying “the truth always comes out”, even if it takes years.

  38. January 14, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Since there was nothing to watch on television a few minutes ago, I decided to see what was on our DVR. It looks like Dina’s Party is back. My DVR states a new episode aired on January 2 and January 9. As Dina’s Party first run aired during my Saturday church service, I only watched three episodes. I wonder if she is really back with all new episodes?

    • kitty
      January 15, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      She’s been tweeting about her new episodes on HGTV. She recently tweeted that there are a few more new episodes to come.

  39. January 15, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    Melissa Gorga ‏@melissagorga 4h
    ❤️RT @joegorga: Here it is! Coming soon. Waiting on permits! #gorgahouse @melissagorga pic.twitter.com/bwLceFEHKe

    • January 15, 2014 at 5:46 AM

      They sure seem to like the castle look fit for a Queen and King I guess, lol. All I see is a guy who took his parents home away. According to TSIL, Joe will sell anything from her to the coat off his back. Her book sales bombed. She can not sing. She doesn’t want him to flip houses anymore, what do they plan to do to pay for the upkeep of this “castle”

      • Miami53
        January 15, 2014 at 7:00 AM

        I have to laugh….this house looks bigger than the one they had to sell. I just don’t get it….how can they afford to build this…..I want to know whats in NJ water, does money grow on trees

      • windycitywondering2
        January 16, 2014 at 12:53 AM

        Funny, looks like apartments in an older section of Chicago – you know the stores on the first floor an the apartments above! As a single family home – TB has a real fascination with big “towers” detail …. permits are one things, finances are another.
        Hope he is working with someone who has the correct development licenses, clean financials and ability to prove project completion!

    • Miami53
      January 15, 2014 at 7:06 AM

      Its really hard to see but could it be a shopping plaza….

      • January 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        It has the look of a smaller version of Addison Circle and Perkins Rowe. I think shops, businesses and restaurants on the first floor, condos on the second and third floors.

        • Miami53
          January 15, 2014 at 5:28 PM

          I definitely believe that’s what it is..shops, restaurants and etc. ..she will do anything to get her name posted on this site and others ..what a fame whore

      • elle
        January 15, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        That is exactly what I thought too. It looks like an upscale strip mall.

    • elemcee
      January 15, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      The tweet does not say it is their house. So, when it never gets built the Gorgas will say we assumed.

    • January 15, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      Seems like another spec house ready to be moved in and sold down the line, just to stay relevant for TV. Are they still leaving in the rental house? This seems really fishy.

      • January 15, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        I looked up the spec house trend and found

        “Developers have discovered that some people from other countries have a ton of money and are looking to burn it up in the 17 handcrafted Italian marble fireplaces–three in bathrooms–of a brand new Los Angeles megamansion”

        Now these people buy these “trophy” homes but do not actually live it it. Could the Gorgas be illegally living in someone elses house?


  40. January 15, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    This looks like a hotel. Seriously, where are they getting the money to build a monstrosity like that? I will believe it when I see it done. How big are the lots in Franklin Lakes anyway?

    • Miami53
      January 15, 2014 at 7:08 AM

      I looked at the picture again….I really don’t think its house plans

      • January 15, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        I agree, we are being punked. This is Joe’s new landscape job.

      • January 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        From what I can tell, those are pictures of artists’ renditions and drawings of the exterior of the house.

        Wonder if the man pictured is the same architect who drew up the Wakiles’ “new house”?

        I’ll believe all this when I see it. Interesting this tweet should come out just when questions start swirling all around the blogosphere as to whether the Gorga spec house has really sold.

        I’ve bought and sold homes in NY, NJ, IL, CA, and CT and NJ was always (three buys and sales) the most difficult to get through, but I do know there is no way it would take this long for the sale to show up on Public Records. There is something unkosher about this whole thing. All the records still show Gorgas as the owners – not one – has shown up stating otherwise.

        • January 15, 2014 at 3:23 PM

          From what I can tell, there was no sale, the house went back to the bank.

          This is what I believe happened, as I could not view the actual documents, only the index.

          On 8/5/2009 a Mortgage Modification was recorded between Joe Gorga and Sterling Bank. This, I believe, was for the construction of 8 Pond View.

          On 4/11/11 two Mortgage Modifications and an Assignment of Rent Mortgage (ROMA Bank) were recorded under the same document number. This I believe would have modified the mortgage at both the shore home and 8 Pond View and gave the Gorgas additional money to fund their lifestyle. I believe the Assignment

          On 10/1/12 a Notice of Settlement with ROMA was recorded, which I believe cleared the shore house and/or allowed the Gorgas to reside at 8 Pond View for a year, hoping Melissa’s ventures would become successful.

          On 10/18/12 a new mortgage was made. Not certain what secured that mortgage.

          On 12/18/12 a Mortgage Cancelation was recorded,which I believe cleared the shore house, since I can find no mortgage on it in Ocean County.

          On 7/7/13 a Discharge of Assignment of Rent Mortgage was recorded. Which I assumed discharged the debt the Gorgas owed, gave the bank possession of the property and allowed the Gorgas perhaps sixty days to move out.

          The documents were indeed recorded, the rest of my post is what I believed may have happened. As for the Morris County Assessor, if you view “details” you will see the website has not been updated since 2012.

          The Morris County Clerk of Court website.

          • Julie
            January 15, 2014 at 4:23 PM

            I can’t see the forms either but here’s a couple of interesting points. A mortgage modification is done, by the bank, to help struggling homeowners who can’t pay their mortgage. It is an attempt to avoid foreclosure by lowering the monthly payments. It is NOT a refinance which alot of people do when interest rates go down.
            An assignment of rent is done when a mortgaged property is being rented. It ensures the bank can collect the rent directly from the tenants if the mortgage holder can’t pay the monthly mortgage.
            So I wonder who was paying rent, not a mortgage, on what property in April 2011? Hmmm…

          • January 15, 2014 at 6:23 PM

            Excellent summary, momajackie. I just updated my blog on the topic to include it:

            Joe and Melissa Gorga Move into Rental Home After Claiming to Have Sold Their Mansion for $3.8 Million (Updated 1/15/2014)

            Julie, thanks for summing up the difference between and a mortgage modification and refinance – I’ve included that in the update as well..

            • January 15, 2014 at 7:32 PM

              Thank you. Jeannie’s comment inspired me to do some digging, because no sale takes this long.

      • January 15, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        I’m surprised Joe still has construction friends left who’s possibly going to help build yet another dream home for he and his wife.

        • elemcee
          January 15, 2014 at 5:42 PM

          I love your name!

    • January 15, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      I’m with you, Dookie, I won’t believe it until I see it, either. I wonder who the guy is in the picture? A Bravo crew member playing an architect? I’m going to say that the Gorga’s are going to be waiting a while on the housing permits!

    • January 15, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      dookie56, I predict it will happen on the same day I pilot the rocket that will land the first person on Mars. It does not take a genius to know their parents are not rich, he works very little, if at all and her ventures have not been successful. They could not afford the last home they were in, there is not way this is the Gorga’s new single family home.

      • LifeIsGood
        January 15, 2014 at 6:32 PM

        I agree with everything you’ve written, moma. But these people have PhD’s in Creative Finance. I don’t know how they’ve managed to maintain this fraud for this long so it wouldn’t surprise me if SloJo has a few more tricks up his sleeve. In the world you and I reside, we earn money and then we spend it. In their world, they manage to bypass the “earning” part of the equation.

        Keep your spaceboots at the ready, Moma. You may be on the launch pad sooner than you think!

        Your profile pic is gorgeous!

        • January 15, 2014 at 7:27 PM

          Thank you for the laugh. I agree with you, but, there is not way this is the Gorga’s home, unless they plan on buying a condo.

          • January 16, 2014 at 7:10 PM

            Just wondering….how far is the Meadowland Racetrack from Franklin Lakes? It could be a strip mall in the works for TSIL’s future performaces*.* maybe a Hard Rock Casino too?

  41. January 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    The hashtag does say Gorgahouse, so he is implying this is the new house. If anything it looks like some type of townhouses. It is too busy for a single family home and appears close to the street.

  42. Daisymay
    January 15, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    That is NOT the wakiles architect. There is an empty lot next to the wakiles new venture but that lot is way to small for this monstrosity!

  43. January 15, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Hi All! *waves*

    Finally back to work/night shift…just when I was getting used to days. *groan* Haven’t had time to read the comments, but looking forward to over the weekend. I do think the “worm is turning” for the WaLauGorga’s lol….*fingers crossed* Great blog, as usual Famey. Also just saw the sale posted on RT so news is picking up on…I quoted your blog there as “FW site”…hope you don;t mnd. In the past if I typed out “Famewhorga’s” the comment wouldn’t go through.

    Love when others find out what we’ve already known here! 🙂

    • January 15, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      Thanks Tess! I don’t mind you quoting from here at RT since they allowed you to reference it, even if only by “FW site.”

  44. elemcee
    January 15, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    There was a long period of time that all of the pictures TSIL tweeted were in front of the house or outside the house. I am sure there was a period of time they were not allowed in “their” house.

  45. JerseyG
    January 16, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Jax and Chris owe a lot.

    As of 8/2013, they owe over $85K to the IRS.

    Christopher Laurita
    Type: FEDERAL TAX LIEN | Amount: $85,127
    Case Number: | Date Filed: Unavailable
    Debtor Address: 322 Water View Dr, FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ 07417
    View Full Details

    As of 1/2013, they owe over $338K to the state of NJ.

    Christoph Laurita
    Type: STATE TAX LIEN | Amount: $338,337
    Case Number: | Date Filed: Unavailable
    Debtor Address: 322 Water View Dr, FRANKLIN LKS, NJ 07417
    View Full Details

    Chris Laurita dates back to 1988 with being sued for owing $$ to someone/some entity. That puts his arse at 21 years old and owing.

    Christopher Laurita
    Type: CIVIL SUIT | Amount: $17695.94
    Case Number: L-037120-88
    Date Filed: 07/14/1988
    Debtor Address: 758 Valley Rd, WAYNE, NJ 07470

    He doesn’t pay his bills…. but Jax/Caroline and Missy don’t mind!

    • January 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      Thanks for clearing this up for us, JerseyG. So the $340K tax bill is for state taxes and the other, lesser bill is for federal taxes. I updated this blog to include this information.

  46. windycitywondering2
    January 16, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    The Lauritas have an interesting way of spinning their “financials”. Jac misspoke in her statement, but was so nice in the delivery. IMHO, many didn’t catch her incorrect terminology regarding their home’s true status.
    And while she assures us that they “always” pay their taxes, they are negotiating with the IRS over interest owed – seriously?? Seriously, if you always pay your taxes then you would know about an “outrageous amount of interest racking up” while you were NOT paying your taxes…
    Jac is knee deep in this and no way will she be able to claim she knew nothing about nothing. And like most here – the worm is definitely turning and they all (Lauritas, Gorgas, Wakiles) are slowly seeing that they are caught in the web of their own lies and greed.

    • GPM
      January 16, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      You’re right, windycity — butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth. And it’s always struck me as odd that Jac specifically referred to negotiating interest as opposed to negotiating down penalties or even the tax bill itself.

      And it seemingly makes perfect sense, too, doesn’t it? We didn’t know! We shouldn’t have to pay interest!

      Unless you happen to know that the IRS is prohibited by law from negotiating interest owed.

      (And if you think about it, that is a law that actually makes sense. The U.S. government is paying interest on the money it owes and the government would have had to have paid less interest if it could have borrowed less, which would have been the case if the Lauritas hadn’t “inadvertently” had the use of the money they should have paid to the government in taxes.)

      The IRS can negotiate down the amount of tax one owes and that can reduce the amount of interest owed; it also has the discretion to waive penalties. But it cannot negotiate or waive the payment of interest.

  47. January 16, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Man arrested for living in million dollar home.

    – CBS4 found more than a dozen homes under foreclosure that have been taken over by people claiming they legally have rights to them under adverse possession.

    – Court documents claim Hernandez told sheriff’s investigators “the issue with the property is bigger than either of us and involves corruption with the banks on a national level.”

    • elemcee
      January 17, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      Kay, thank you for posting this article! I had no idea about adverse possession. I own some very coveted property, and now I will be careful to make sure it is obvious I am using it. The taxes are always paid, but I read that is not always enough to protect the property. There is a very shady character who has been trying to force me to sell this property to him, and this is very good information to have in order to protect the property from him, just in case. Thank you SO much!

  48. Miami53
    • January 16, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Joe has a good lawyer.

      • Miami53
        January 16, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        Its so crazy…be accused of 41 counts of different things and now all the money you have accessed and worked hard for, will now go to lawyers. Was it allegedly worth to be a crook? I just don’t get it!!!

  49. January 16, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Joe Giudice’s Identity Theft State Trial Postponed Again
    January 15, 2014
    Montville Patch

    According to the Montville Patch on January 15, 2014, Joe Giudice’s court date for forgery charges stemming from his March 2011 arrest has once again been delayed. Joe had a scheduled conference on Monday, January 13th to set a trial date and file motions, but it was postponed due to the fact Miles Feinstein, defense attorney, is in the middle of a Passaic County trial. The next court date has not been determined. His forgery charges come from a fraudulent attempt to obtain a state driver’s license from the Paterson branch of the Motor Vehicle Office in June 2010 using his brother’s ID.


    Teresa Giudice & Melissa Gorga Warn New Costars Their Famed Family Fights Are ‘Off Limits’
    January 16, 2014

    There’s nothing worse than opening an old wound, especially if you are Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga.

    The sister-in-law’s epic family feud was the highlight of the last season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, but as the pair try desperately to put the bad blood behind them, they’re learning they cannot control their new costars, who are attempting to drum up the drama during filming for a sixth season.

    At the center of the smear plot are twin sisters Nicole Napolitano and Teresa Napolitano Aprea, who according to a Bravo production source, have been “trying to find a way to get a scandalous story line.”

    “They’ve been trying to dredge up old wounds in order to start fights,” said the insider.

    Is it working? Well, according to our spy-witness, Guidice and Gorga — who have finally made peace – told the newbies in no uncertain terms, it’s “none of your f**king business.”

    “It isn’t working (for the twins) so far,” quipped the source. “Each time they say anything both Teresa and Melissa tell them to mind their own and move on. They mean it. Our family fights are off limits, they’ve been saying.”

    Despite a bitter 2013, Teresa and Melissa truly have patched up their broken relationship, our New Jersey sources have indicated.

    “There aren’t going to be any fights between them this season,” said one. “They are definitely going to call out the new ladies who just want attention, but they aren’t going to fight with each other and neither are their spouses.”


    The Giudice’s 30 Most Shocking Quotes About Fraud & Finances

  50. black enga
    January 16, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    THANK YOU FAME! That’s why I love you, You always rescue me from myself,lol

  51. GPM
    January 17, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    I read the following today and I thought I would share it. I wasn’t necessarily a fan of Teresa’s at the start but as time passed I came to see many of the following qualities in her and they played a significant part in my becoming a fan. Perhaps this is how she became such a standout on the show and developed such a fan base. When I read them I can think of specific instances where she’s demonstrated them and I can’t really say that with respect to the other HWs.


    You have to do the hard things.

    You have to make the call you’re afraid to make.

    You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.

    You have to give more than you get in return right away.

    You have to care more about others than they care about you.

    You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore.

    You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter.

    You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.

    You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is.

    You have to look like a fool while you’re looking for answers you don’t have.

    You have to grind out the details when it’s easier to shrug them off.

    You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option.

    You have to search for your own explanations even when you’re told to accept the “facts.”

    You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot.

    You have to try and fail and try again.

    You have to run faster even though you’re out of breath.

    You have to be kind to people who have been cruel to you.

    You have to meet deadlines that are unreasonable and deliver results that are unparalleled.

    You have to be accountable for your actions even when things go wrong.

    You have to keep moving towards where you want to be no matter what’s in front of you.

  52. January 17, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Kim Pirrella Says She Would Not Join the Cast of RHONJ If Asked
    November 18, 2013

    Examiner: If asked, would you consider joining the cast of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey?”

    Kim Pirrella: “If you would have asked me this question two years ago I probably would have said yes, but that would be because I didn’t know any better. Now that I’ve seen the lengths at which people will go to, or should I say have to go to, just to be relevant on those shows, I say not a chance in hell would I subject myself, my children or my marriage to being a cast member on that show. I believe in supporting, encouraging and pushing up other women, not competing with and tearing them down.”


  53. January 17, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Here is an update on the Giudice fraud trial which was reported by Celebuzz:

    “EXCLUSIVE: Joe Giudice Has a Few Requests Before He Takes the Stand for Fraud
    The Real House-husband wants a separate trial from wife Teresa Giudice and claims she didn’t know anything about an alleged conspiracy.

    Posted January 16, 2014 • by Andrea Simpson

    Joe Giudice plans on protecting his reality star wife when it comes to the 41 counts of fraud the couple is facing at trial. And it’s clear he wants to get her off the hook.

    In court documents obtained by Celebuzz, the legally troubled house-hubby claims Teresa Giudice had no knowledge of any alleged criminal activity in relation to the 41 counts of federal fraud against the couple and wants to testify to that effect. But only if he gets a separate trial.

    Joe plans on invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination if they have a joint trial, which is set for April.

    Joe’s legal eagles are arguing that he is entitled to his own trial to allow the mother-of-four to invoke her right to testify on her own behalf and allow her the right to choose not to testify against her husband.

    “Without an order severing the trials, she is placed in the position of choosing to testify on her own behalf and against her husband, or not testifying at all,” per the docs.

    But if there are two separate trials, he will testify about Teresa’s involvement (or lack thereof) in the alleged criminal activity.

    This is what he plans on telling the court should he take the stand, according to the docs… and it’s pretty much what we expected he’d say all along:

    – Teresa had no knowledge of any misrepresentation on loan and mortgage applications and lines of credit.

    – Teresa was not aware that various properties and businesses were acquired in her name.

    – Joe signed Teresa’s name on numerous occasions without her knowledge or permission.

    – Joe’s former business partner signed Teresa’s name on docs, as did Joe’s attorney, again without her knowledge or authorization.

    – And other people were aware that Teresa had not signed those docs.

    The 43-year-old construction worker/pizza parlor owner would also like to make a few more requests on his behalf.

    He wants the U.S. Attorney’s indictment dismissed with prejudice (translation: The case would be over forever and no further action could be taken) because the defense claims there is not one single conspiracy as the prosecution alleges.

    Joe would also like for certain charges of wire and bank fraud dismissed. For example, the alleged fraudulent loan applications filed between 2001 and 2005 due to the expired statute of limitations.

    His defense team is also demanding the prosecution disclose all discovery, including any evidence of other crimes Joe has allegedly committed that will be produced at trial (like reports by any witnesses, etc.)

    The hot-heated TV husband also wants the prosecution to provide access to the grand jury transcript “in order to determine whether grand jury abuses led to his indictment.”

    And, last but not least, he wants a separate hearing to review all Real Housewives of New Jersey takes and outtakes that attorneys plan on using against him to determine their “audibility and admissibility.”

    Somehow we don’t think the feds are going to take this laying down. And another thing’s for sure, this doesn’t really look like it’s going to be a speedy trial.”

    Source: http://www.celebuzz.com/2014-01-16/joe-giudice-has-a-few-requests-before-he-takes-the-stand-for-fraud/

  54. old news
    January 18, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Just read on stoopid housewives that the record that the architect is
    Bleeker Architecural Group
    271 Belmont Ave B
    Haledon NJ 07508
    (973) 942-2100

    Their name is behind joe gorga in the picture and the architect joe bleeker, was on the show before telling joe that teresa was building a apartment over the garage for her parents. He also seems to be the husband of the Franklin Lakes county clerk’s records custodian, Sally Bleeker http://www.franklinlakes.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7B91BE8922-E986-49F4-B315-CBD7329BC643%7D

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