Ashley Madison

Security and Anonymity Claims May be a Pinch Overstated!

The illicit affair website Ashley Madison was hacked last month which exposed the personal information, credit cards and email addresses of many of its 39 million users. The hackers said they wouldn’t release the data if Ashley Madison shut down. It didn’t, so they did.

Lawyers around the country are reporting an uptick in divorce-related calls from clients. Some receptionists are bearing the brunt of the calls as lawyers are in back-to-back meetings (in stark comparison to the client spouse’s back-to-front meetings).

While many will ultimately seek counseling (I’m sure couches will fill up quickly) and not divorce, the smarter ones will. After all, Ashley Madison isn’t about a regretful, intoxicated indiscretion. Ashley Madison is about paying a fee to schedule infidelity.

For those ultimately divorcing, family manses may pop onto the market as assets are split. However, cleaving a family in two will mean what was one home becomes two! For every divorce, one more homestead is created.

Cha-Ching on Realtor commissions, but yikes for buyers!

Want to check-up on a suspicious spouse? The complete data file can be downloaded here.

Of course the funny part is that Ashley Madison was embroiled in a lawsuit in 2013 over their creation of fake female profiles to give the illusion that there are ladies ready and waiting. In fact some estimate, 90 to 95 percent of the paid profiles are men. (The suit was filed because the profile creators claim carpel tunnel syndrome!)

3516 Greenbrier

My husband was absolutely grief stricken Wednesday evening when reports rolled in that Ian Kinsler, longtime infielder for the Texas Rangers, was traded to Detroit for Prince Fielder plus $30 million in cash.

Me? I was wondering whether Kinsler would be selling his University Park mansion at 3516 Greenbrier Drive (pictured above), a 7,777-square-foot (how’s that for luck?) home with five bedrooms and seven full baths and two half baths. Built in 2007, it’s on the tax rolls for almost $3.3 million, but it could easily sell for much more than that.

If he does, I wonder what Kinsler could get for the appraised value of his UP home in the very posh Grosse Pointe Farms?

There’s this stunning French-inspired estate at 992 Lake Shore with five bedrooms, five full baths, and three half baths for $3.9 million. It has adorable chimney pots and an unobstructed view of the lake.

992 Lake Shore

Then there’s 15600 Windmill Pointe, a beautiful red brick traditional with a huge lawn that will be perfect for playing catch with family during home stands. It has five bedrooms, four full and three half baths for $3.875 million.

15600 Windmill Pointe

Another option is 237 Lake Shore, a picturesque 2-plus acre estate with tons of charm and a really cool greenhouse or solarium. It has six bedrooms, seven full and four half baths and is listed for $3.9 million.

237 Lake Shore

If Kinsler wants to go bold and save some money in the process, there’s this cool modern Spanish-style estate that is a total time warp. Built in 1977, this home is completely dated but really awesome with four bedrooms and five full baths with three half baths and priced at $2.2 million.

916 Lake Shore

Which would you choose?

 

8483629Of course, these living arrangements won’t work if you’ve got restraining orders, but for most divorcees with children, perhaps? I wonder if the former spouses could tolerate the high probability of running into your ex on an almost daily basis that living in a duplex with them would mean.

This house designed by an Edmonton custom builder and his ex wife is, however, the perfect solution for all the shuttling to and fro from one house to the next, thanks to the specially designed “transporter” hallway. The hallway links the childrens’ bedrooms to both homes, allowing for them to stay in their own personal space without merging the living spaces of the divorced couple.

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Find out more about their unique home in this Edmonton Journal story, which basically shows us how Monica McGrath and Kent Kirkland are living that Canadian billboard we saw last year. Perhaps Deion Sanders and Pilar should bite the bullet and build a duplex? No?

Do you think you or a friend would be able to live side-by-side with an ex husband or ex wife?

West Plano Squatters

Photos: WFAA/Plano Police Department

Maybe we need to get over this whole “possession is 9/10ths of the law,” mentality, because some folks are taking it way too far.

In another case of a home on the market getting some unexpected tenants, Jack Brewer, 74, and his wife were arrested at the home of Jeff and Melissa Nunn after trying to assume ownership of the home, claiming it was abandoned and using a rule that hasn’t worked so well in the past.

Jack BrewerAccording to the story from WFAA, the Brewers had binders full of sensitive personal documents from the Nunns, including their recently filed divorce decree, which, by the way, was why the Kings Ridge home was vacant (not abandoned) in the first place. They had even gone so far as to tape a notice on the window of the home claiming it was abandoned and that they were taking possession. But when neighbors noticed strange folks moving into the Nunns’ home, they reported them. Smart neighbors!

Police are puzzled though, considering the amount of information the Brewers had. Could this be a bigger plot to seize homes? All this happened while the Nunns were readying their home for the market, which leaves me wondering — how do you protect a vacant home on the market from squatters and thieves?

I’m thinking a good security system is a start, as well as keeping your neighbors in the loop. Agents, how would you prevent this from happening?

Notice From Brewer

So, come to find out, Dallas County has done a poor job of collecting millions of dollars in uncollected court case judgements over the oh, past 25 to 30 years or so. Which means we are owed about $35 million in court judgments against bail bondsmen and attorneys who write bonds but whose clients fail to appear for court. That’s the deal, the way bail bonds work.

Dandy, just dandy. Remember last September, the Dallas County Commissioners voted in a tax INCREASE to help cover a $50 million shortfall, read Kevin Krause right here if you can. If you cannot, here’s a quote:

“The budget has some of the deepest cuts in years, required because tax revenue has dropped as a result of slumping property values.Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield opposed the tax increase and voted against the budget and tax rate. Commissioners added 1.5 cents to the current property tax rate of 22.81 cents per $100 of valuation. The 6.6 percent increase would add $18 to the annual tax bill on a $150,000 house. A total of 202 positions are being cut, and about 130 county employees are losing their jobs. The five constable precincts will take the biggest hit, with 80 deputy constables to be laid off. Last year, the commissioners eliminated 61 positions.”

So the cuts were made, employees and the constables laid off, taxes raised $18 a year on a home valued at $150,000, or $180 a year on a home valued at $1.5m. Listen to what John Wiley price said last September:

“We cut to the marrow,” Commissioner John Wiley Price WHO SITS ON THE BAIL BOND COURT said. “It’s not that we have not been frugal. Hell, we can’t do anything about the [property] values.”

Frugal, eh? OK, show me the money. Where are those bail bonds? AND AS FOR THAT $35 MILLION, KISS MOST OF IT AWAY. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins was in la la land about this issue until the Dallas Morning News stuck it under his nose, all thanks to the FBI investigation of John Wiley Price & Co. He admitted that most of the $35 million in uncollected judgments and is unrecoverable because it is decades old. (I mean, some of those geezers might not even be here.) At best, he says the county will be able to collect only about 2 to 5 percent of the total.

It’s times like these where we need to make videos of the stupidity and then play them over and over ad naseum at City Council and Dallas County meetings where taxation is discussed. And when those sweet people come up and want to save libraries and fix potholes we could say, yes, sure, we’d love to do it but your County guv here lost all the money  due to mismanagement.

 

Charlie Sheen’s doing it, Tiger and Elin are doing it, and I think it may actually be a pretty good idea for the kiddos, in some cases. We know that Elin Nordegren made good use of her $110 million settlement from Tiger by plunking down $12.2 million for a 17,178-square-foot beach-front property in North Palm Beach. The new home is¬† just 10 miles from Tiger’s new pad in Jupiter, Fla.

The Huffington Post reported that Nordegren bought the two-story mansion–which has eight bathrooms and a 4,700-square-foot basement– what a great place for the kiddos to play!. She bought the home through one of her divorce lawyers, Dennis Belcher.

In October, the Swedish former model toured a $5 million penthouse apartment in Jupiter Island, where Tiger Woods’ new home is being built. Tiger recently said he’s about ready to move into his 12-acre, $50-million bachelor pad, which includes a 6,400-square-foot gym/media room/bar, an elevator, a reflecting pond, a lap pool, and a 3.5 acre elaborate beyond belief practice facility. It’s apparently set up so he can hit shots out of his second story window.

Tiger and Elin finalized their split last August but maturely agreed to live near each other for the sake of their children, Sam and Charlie. I have heard of cases where parents do buy homes to be near each other and the children when they are not married to the mother but still wish to participate in the child’s life, or divorcing couples who live a few doors away. And of course, there are those famous couples now who even vacation with their exes. I just think it’s all quite healthy! What do you think?