Carlita and Kwame Kilpatrick

Neither Carlita or Kwame Kilpatrick are smiling now, that’s for sure. Kwame is still behind bars following a very ugly and public sexting scandal, and now his wife, Carlita, is having some tough luck of her own as neighbors of her 5,000-square-foot rental in Grand Prairie said that the Detroit native moved out overnight.

Carlita was let go from her job in Duncanville earlier this month according to a story from The Detroit News. So it stands to reason that she probably couldn’t afford the $2,600 a month rent for 3012 Pamplona. From what neighbors said, Carlita probably left in a hurry, ditching several family possessions on the curb right before trash day.

“A lot of stuff was out on the curb for trash day — stuff that people wouldn’t throw — like a computer desk,” neighbor Malinda Carter said.

The family kept to themselves in the five-bedroom, four-bathroom house, Carter said, adding she never saw Detroit’s former first lady or her three children outside and neighbors had to keep up the landscaping. She said she saw more news crews than signs of life in the home.

“Neighbors cut the grass because it was getting too long,” Carter said. “Flower beds were out of control and it looked like there was no one in there.

“I never saw a female or any man out there.”

Real estate agent Joe Livingston said the Kilpatricks did an “average” job keeping up the home while he attempted to sell it in May and June. There were no offers and another agent is now trying to lease the house, said Livingston, adding he doesn’t know why the family left.

Carlita should consider heading back north to Detroit. With a situation as tough as hers, I am sure the more affordable housing in the area would definitely help cope.

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Grand Prairie pad as of last spring

I mean, he played a role: Kwame Kilpatrick was mayor of one of America’s largest cities at the age of 31. He resigned in 2008, after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in a scandal involving sexually explicit text messages and an extramarital affair with his chief of staff. OK, so a lot of politicians dabble extra-maritally. But then the Democrat spends 14 months in prison for violating probation in that case after a judge found he failed to report assets that could be put toward the $1 million restitution he owes the city of Detroit.

The now bankrupt city of Detroit.

Kilpatrick, convicted of 24 federal crimes, including racketeering, extortion and bribery, is likely to be sentenced to more than 20 years in prison, according to an estimate by the U.S. Attorneys Office, as reported in MLive Media. Since his March 11 conviction,  Kilpatrick has diligently sought release from the Milan detention center where he’s been imprisoned. Among other things, he has complained of a lack of ice and exercise equipment to rehab a busted knee. He and his co-crime bud/contractor friend, Bobby Ferguson, are fighting to get their convictions overturned and want new trials. They claim the government had insufficient evidence, that the court committed several errors during the six-month-long trial, including, and I hope you think this is as ridiculous as I think it is: Federal agents were wrongfully permitted to give their opinions about what certain text messages meant; government witnesses were allowed to offer hearsay testimony; Kilpatrick was forced to use an attorney he didn’t want and tried to replace, and the prosecutor made improper comments during closing arguments

But the government basically told Kilpatrick that he was convicted fair and square.

Kwame had been gracing North Texas with his presence while Detroit burned economically. He came here in May, 2010, bringing his family first to a swanky, gated Colleyville home of 5,866 square feet in Lakes of La Paloma,

minutes from the great shopping at Southlake Town Center. The home had a market value of $1,125,000 and was built in 1998. It had five bedrooms, five and a half baths, a game room, a study, a formal dining room and an in-ground pool, clearly a trade-up from their 2,839-square-foot former rental home 3 miles away. At the time, his attorney said someone else was footing the bill. That La Paloma home was also way larger than his crib as Mayor of Detroit, the MoTown Mayor’s pad — only 4004 square feet at the Manoogian Mansion.  Oh yes, the family pre-paid $74,000 to lease this home for 13 months.

old Grand Prairie pad

Then he moved again, to a $235,000, four-bedroom, three-bath home in Grand Prairie that leased for $2,100 a month. Then, Kilpatrick moved the fam into a $372,000 home that is “larger and more expensive than his last rental, while claiming poverty to qualify for taxpayer-funded lawyers and low restitution payments.” Of course! Many folks in Detroit have wondered how he can afford a bigger home on $60,000 a year, all he claims he is earning. Of course, his team of attorneys were being covered by Michigan taxpayers,  and Kilpatrick is paying $160 per month for the more than $860,000 he owes toward $1 million in restitution.

At that rate, the bill will be paid off in, oh, 448 years.

 

The rental is a 5,000-square-footer in Grand Prairie, and the sheer size made Detroit folks uneasy that Kilpatrick was living way too well while making those measly restitution payments. This one is 5,016-square-feet in Mira Lagos, slightly less toney than La Paloma. It has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and an attached two-car garage. The home was built in 2006 and has the usual Texas goodies: kitchen with granite countertops, vaulted ceilings in the hall and family room, French doors leading to a landscaped yard, a large master suite and study. It also features a game room and media room. Originally purchased for $371,900, this one is appraised at $338,400 and was listed at $309,950.

Of course, Detroiters are not used to our huge Texas homes or granite everywhere. Still, the hard-working, house-poor (Detroit housing market remains one of the worst) taxpayers funding his legal defense against federal racketeering charges were, in a word, pissed. And Detroit has lost about a quarter of it’s population, and half of property owners are behind on their taxes. In a word, the place is a mess.

And now, bankrupt.

 

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It is really a sad, sad story. This guy gets to be mayor of one of America’s largest cities at the age of 31. He resigns in 2008, pleads guilty to obstruction of justice in a scandal involving sexually explicit text messages and an extramarital affair with his chief of staff. The Democrat spents 14 months in prison for violating probation in that case after a judge finds he failed to report assets that could be put toward his $1 million restitution to Detroit.

Now Kwame Kilpatrick could get 20 years.

Kwame has been gracing North Texas with his presence. He came here in May, 2010, bringing his family first to a swanky, gated Colleyville home of 5,866 square feet in Lakes of La Paloma, minutes from the great shopping at Southlake Town Center. The home had a market value of $1,125,000 and was built in 1998. It had five bedrooms, five and a half baths, a game room, a study, a formal dining room and an in-ground pool, clearly a trade-up from their 2,839-square-foot former rental home 3 miles away. At the time, his attorney said someone else was footing the bill. That La Paloma home was also way larger than his crib as Mayor of Detroit, the MoTown Mayor’s pad — only 4004 square feet at the Manoogian Mansion.  Oh yes, the family pre-paid $74,000 to lease this home for 13 months.

Then he moved again, to a $235,000, four-bedroom, three-bath home in Grand Prairie that leased for $2,100 a month. Then they moved to the current pad, seen by folks in Detroit as a major step up. Of course, they forgot La Paloma and may have wondered how he can afford a bigger home on $60,000 a year, all he claims he is earning. His team of attorneys were being covered by Michigan taxpayers,  and Kilpatrick is paying $160 per month for the more than $860,000 he owes toward $1 million in restitution.

At that rate, the bill will be paid off in, oh, 448 years.

Then, Kilpatrick moved the fam into a $372,000 home that is “larger and more expensive than his last rental, while claiming poverty to qualify for taxpayer-funded lawyers and low restitution payments.” Of course!

The rental is a 5,000-square-footer in Grand Prairie, and the sheer size made Detroit folks uneasy that Kilpatrick was living way too well while making those measly restitution payments. This one is 5,016-square-feet in Mira Lagos, slightly less toney than La Paloma. It has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and an attached two-car garage. The home was built in 2006 and has the usual Texas goodies: kitchen with granite countertops, vaulted ceilings in the hall and family room, French doors leading to a landscaped yard, a large master suite and study. It also features a game room and media room. Originally purchased for $371,900, this one is appraised at $338,400 and was listed at $309,950.

Of course, Detroiters are not used to our huge Texas homes or granite everywhere countertops: even our dog houses must have at least 1500 square feet and a media room. Still, the hard-working, house-poor (Detroit housing market remains one of the worst) taxpayers funding his legal defense against federal racketeering charges were, in a word, pissed. And Detroit has lost about a quarter of it’s population, and half of property owners are behind on their taxes. In a word, the place is a mess.

Kilpatrick, who is 41 and has three sons, once worked as a medical software salesman for Covisint Healthcare

Monday jurors convicted Kilpatrick of a raft of crimes, including racketeering conspiracy. Maximum punishment: 20 years behind bars. During the trial, he was portrayed as an unscrupulous politician who took bribes, rigged contracts and lived far beyond his means while in office until fall 2008. He is even accused of abusing The Civic Fund, a nonprofit he created to help distressed Detroit residents. There was evidence that the Fund was used for yoga lessons, camps for his kids, golf clubs and travel.

“The scale of corruption was breathtaking,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Chutkow said in a closing argument on Feb. 15. “We cannot turn away and ignore the corruption that occurred in this city. It is time for the former mayor and his accomplices to be held accountable for their crimes — it is past time.”

Kilpatrick declined to testify, has long denied any wrongdoing, and says he simply collected gifts he was showered with, such as cash gifts from city workers and political supporters during holidays and birthdays.

In other words, Kwame was on the take. So I wonder, does he go to jail based on where he lives or where he committed the crimes? In other words, Texas or Detroit?

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It is really a sad, sad story. This guy gets to be mayor of one of America’s largest cities at the age of 31. He resigns in 2008, pleads guilty to obstruction of justice in a scandal involving sexually explicit text messages and an extramarital affair with his chief of staff. The Democrat spents 14 months in prison for violating probation in that case after a judge finds he failed to report assets that could be put toward his $1 million restitution to Detroit.

Now Kwame Kilpatrick could get 20 years.

Kwame has been gracing North Texas with his presence. He came here in May, 2010, bringing his family first to a swanky, gated Colleyville home of 5,866 square feet in Lakes of La Paloma, minutes from the great shopping at Southlake Town Center. The home had a market value of $1,125,000 and was built in 1998. It had five bedrooms, five and a half baths, a game room, a study, a formal dining room and an in-ground pool, clearly a trade-up from their 2,839-square-foot former rental home 3 miles away. At the time, his attorney said someone else was footing the bill. That La Paloma home was also way larger than his crib as Mayor of Detroit, the MoTown Mayor’s pad — only 4004 square feet at the Manoogian Mansion.  Oh yes, the family pre-paid $74,000 to lease this home for 13 months.

Then he moved again, to a $235,000, four-bedroom, three-bath home in Grand Prairie that leased for $2,100 a month. Then they moved to the current pad, seen by folks in Detroit as a major step up. Of course, they forgot La Paloma and may have wondered how he can afford a bigger home on $60,000 a year, all he claims he is earning. His team of attorneys were being covered by Michigan taxpayers,  and Kilpatrick is paying $160 per month for the more than $860,000 he owes toward $1 million in restitution.

At that rate, the bill will be paid off in, oh, 448 years.

Then, Kilpatrick moved the fam into a $372,000 home that is “larger and more expensive than his last rental, while claiming poverty to qualify for taxpayer-funded lawyers and low restitution payments.” Of course!

The rental is a 5,000-square-footer in Grand Prairie, and the sheer size made Detroit folks uneasy that Kilpatrick was living way too well while making those measly restitution payments. This one is 5,016-square-feet in Mira Lagos, slightly less toney than La Paloma. It has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and an attached two-car garage. The home was built in 2006 and has the usual Texas goodies: kitchen with granite countertops, vaulted ceilings in the hall and family room, French doors leading to a landscaped yard, a large master suite and study. It also features a game room and media room. Originally purchased for $371,900, this one is appraised at $338,400 and was listed at $309,950.

Of course, Detroiters are not used to our huge Texas homes or granite everywhere countertops: even our dog houses must have at least 1500 square feet and a media room. Still, the hard-working, house-poor (Detroit housing market remains one of the worst) taxpayers funding his legal defense against federal racketeering charges were, in a word, pissed. And Detroit has lost about a quarter of it’s population, and half of property owners are behind on their taxes. In a word, the place is a mess.

Kilpatrick, who is 41 and has three sons, once worked as a medical software salesman for Covisint Healthcare

Monday jurors convicted Kilpatrick of a raft of crimes, including racketeering conspiracy. Maximum punishment: 20 years behind bars. During the trial, he was portrayed as an unscrupulous politician who took bribes, rigged contracts and lived far beyond his means while in office until fall 2008. He is even accused of abusing The Civic Fund, a nonprofit he created to help distressed Detroit residents. There was evidence that the Fund was used for yoga lessons, camps for his kids, golf clubs and travel.

“The scale of corruption was breathtaking,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Chutkow said in a closing argument on Feb. 15. “We cannot turn away and ignore the corruption that occurred in this city. It is time for the former mayor and his accomplices to be held accountable for their crimes — it is past time.”

Kilpatrick declined to testify, has long denied any wrongdoing, and says he simply collected gifts he was showered with, such as cash gifts from city workers and political supporters during holidays and birthdays.

In other words, Kwame was on the take. So I wonder, does he go to jail based on where he lives or where he committed the crimes? In other words, Texas or Detroit?

Home, Sweet Home for Kwame in GP

Home, Sweet Home for Kwame in GP

Comes news today that Kwame Kilpatrick, the shady former mayor of Detroit, is asking Michigan officials to change the terms of his probation because Texas is just too darn big. According to exclusive emails obtained by The Detroit News, which YOU MUST READ, the former Detroit mayor has to drive too much in Texas because we are such a big state, he cannot walk, so doing community service is a super duper burden.

Kilpatrick pleaded guilty in 2008 to obstruction of justice charges, something to do with lying about the fact he was having an affair with a staffer, something about sexting, followed by more charges of corruption, extortion, bribes and hiding assets that make you wonder if he’s good friends with John Wiley Price who has been CHARGED, not found guilty, of a whole slew of financial shenanigans. Anyhew, Michigan wants more money out of Kwame, who owes the state a little less than a million. The state smartly upped his payments recently to $500 a month, which is what his former Chief of Staff is shelling out. But Kwame bellyaches that driving time and costs associated with living in Dallas-Fort Worth make those new terms, set in March of this year, just unreasonable.

I know our real estate market is not tanking like Michigan’s, but since when is Texas a high cost of living state?

The current rental is a 5,000-square-footer in Grand Prairie, and the sheer size is making Detroit folks uneasy that Kilpatrick is living way too well. Meantime, hard-working, house-poor taxpayers are funding his legal defense against federal racketeering charges.

Hey Detroit, maybe it’s time for Occupy Kwame!

Forgot to tell you: he’s also an author. His new digs came to light before a hearing to determine why proceeds from the sale of the former mayor’s book –he also does speeches — have not been forwarded to an escrow account.

La Paloma house

Kilpatrick, who is 42 and has three sons, once worked as a medical software salesman for Covisint Healthcare.

Kilpatrick has been priming our real estate rental market since relocating to Texas almost four years ago. First was the$1.2 million Southlake mansion with pool in toney La Paloma, which the family pre-paid $74,000 to lease for 13 months. The home had a market value of $1,125,000 and was built in 1998. It had five bedrooms, five and a half baths, a game room, a study, a formal dining room and an in-ground pool. Maybe they thought that La Paloma was too showy so they relocated to a $235,000, four-bedroom, three-bath home in less toney Grand Prairie that leased for $2,100 a month.

Then they moved to the current pad, seen by folks in Detroit as a step up. This rental is a 5,016-square-footer in Mira Lagos in Grand Prairie. It has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and an attached two-car garage. The home was built in 2006 and has the usual Texas goodies: kitchen with granite countertops, vaulted ceilings in the hall and family room, French doors leading to a landscaped yard, a large master suite and study. It also features a game room and media room. Not sure about a pool. Originally purchased for $371,900, this one is appraised at $338,400 and was recently listed at $309,950.

first Grand Prairie rental

first Grand Prairie rental

Of course everyone wonders how he can afford a fancy home on $60,000 a year, which is all he claims he is earning. Course, his wife works. His team of attorneys are being covered by Michigan taxpayers,  and Kilpatrick was paying $160 per month for restitution until this March. At that rate, the bill would have been paid off in, oh, 448 years.

All I know is this: Booth the Grand Prairie rental and the La Paloma home were larger than his crib as Mayor of Detroit, the Mayor’s pad — 4004 square feet at the Manoogian Mansion. So quit squawking about our cost of living, Kwame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry for the delay, between T.O. and Kwame Kilpatrick, I’ve had my hands full. You know that location is the primary corollary of real estate, right? You know you can change almost anything with paint, hammers, nails, sheetrock, fabric, even tarps. So what if you got a home that was not just purely, sheerly orgasmic but also located in a location that is just perfect?

There’s a word for that. They call it SOLD.

Which I predict will be the status of 4445 College Park very, very soon. I swung by yesterday and was amazed at the location — the Town North YMCA is like five steps away, Good Shepherd Episcopal a nice walk, and even Hockaday would be an easy bike ride. And let me tell you, living near any private school in Dallas just adds an instant $100,000 in value to a home. We lived five doors from St. Marks on Brookview while building our home, and my son walked to school. It was heaven, especially the day he came home from his freshman camping trip — 5 days in the wilderness without a shower! Think I wanted him in my car? So not only do you cut your carpooling time in half, you have tennis courts, tracks, everything right there. This home is located on a College Park corner, tucked away from the greenbelt/power lines, but the Y is right around the corner.

Now, for the house: smooth, clean contemporary everywhere with a few bursts of color. Four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and I think I saw an extra half bath snuggled in there, a 4390 square foot ranch on a private third acre lot with fluffy shade trees, nice landscaping. While the ranch home was built in 1955, the home was essentially re-built from the studs in 1995 with clean lines, lots of natural light, wired for sound and Smart Home systems, an open floor plan, plus all the details and cool finishes. Listed with Becky Frey, it’s priced at $1, 175,000 and judging from the throngs who passed through it this weekend, this home is a real home run.

Remember former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick  — he’s the one who pleaded guilty in 2008 to obstruction of justice charges, something to do with lying about the fact he was having an affair with a staffer, something about sexting — and then got five years in the slammer for violating terms of his probation? He has been gracing North Texas with his presence. Now comes word out of MoTown that he has moved, again, this time into a $372,000 home that is “larger and more expensive than his last rental, while claiming poverty to qualify for taxpayer-funded lawyers and low restitution payments.”

The current rental is a 5,000-square-footer in Grand Prairie, and the sheer size is making Detroit folks uneasy that Kilpatrick is living way too well while making measly restitution payments to the city of Detroit. Meantime, hard-working, house-poor (Detroit housing market one of the worst) taxpayers are funding his legal defense against federal racketeering charges.

Hey Detroit, maybe it’s time for Occupy Kwame!

Forgot to tell you: he’s also an author. His new digs came to light before a hearing Wednesday to determine why proceeds from the sale of the former mayor’s book have not been forwarded to an escrow account. You got it: that money was to be used toward the more than $860,000 in restitution Kilpatrick owes the city of Detroit.

Kilpatrick, who is 41 and has three sons, once worked as a medical software salesman for Covisint Healthcare.

His attorney, Daniel Hajji, says his living arrangements and apparent $2900 a month rent do not warrant the prosecutor’s attention.

As we know, though, Kilpatrick has been moving on up, then down, then up, in Texas like a roller coaster. Last May, 2010, he and his fam lived in a swanky, gated Colleyville home of 5,866 square feet in Lakes of La Paloma, minutes from the great shopping at Southlake Town Center. The home had a market value of $1,125,000 and was built in 1998. It had five bedrooms, five and a half baths, a game room, a study, a formal dining room and an in-ground pool, clearly a trade-up from their 2,839-square-foot former rental home 3 miles away. At the time, his attorney said someone else was footing the bill. That La Paloma home was also way larger than his crib as Mayor of Detroit, the Mayor’s pad — only 4004 square feet at the Manoogian Mansion.

This rental is a bit smaller,  a 5,016-square-footer in Mira Lagos in slightly less toney Grand Prairie. Still, it has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and an attached two-car garage. The home was built in 2006 and has the usual Texas goodies: kitchen with granite countertops, vaulted ceilings in the hall and family room, French doors leading to a landscaped yard, a large master suite and study. It also features a game room and media room. Originally purchased for $371,900, this one is appraised at $338,400 and was recently listed at $309,950.

See, Detroit, our values are down, too. And almost everyone has granite counters down here — you get them while you wait in line at the D.P.S. (Ha!)

According to the Detroit News, Kilpatrick must receive permission from Texas parole officials before changing addresses.

KIlpatrick has been priming our real estate rental market  since relocating to Texas almost three years ago. First was the Southlake mansion with pool, which the family pre-paid $74,000 to lease for 13 months. Last year, maybe they thought that La Paloma was too showy so they relocated to a $235,000, four-bedroom, three-bath home in Grand Prairie that leases for $2,100 a month. Then they moved to the current pad, seen by folks in Detroit as a step up. Of course, they are also wondering how he can afford a bigger home on $60,000 a year, all he claims he is earning. His team of attorneys are being covered by Michigan taxpayers,  and Kilpatrick is paying $160 per month for the more than $860,000 he owes toward $1 million in restitution. At that rate, the bill will be paid off in, oh, 448 years.

Kilpatrick was released from a Michigan prison in August, claimed indigence and has a publicly funded team of private defense lawyers for his upcoming racketeering trial. In 2008, he resigned as Mayor, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, and promised restitution in a plea deal that avoided a trial. Last May, he headed to the slammer for failing to make those payments among suspicions he was hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars — imagine that!

The "smaller" GP rental

La Paloma la la la!