Time was, you needed a bag filled with at least $10 million in unmarked twenties to buy a house in Greenwich, CT, where many a multi-billionaire hedge fund manager reside, and it’s a legitimate insult to have a newspaper claim your home is a measly 14,000 square feet. Now? Thanks to the global financial crisis, job cuts, and bonuses that leave people sobbing under their desks? Sellers no longer have the luxury of standing their ground and waiting for someone to come along who appreciates their Bloomberg Terminal-shaped pool and the $50 million price tag that comes with, allowing practically anyone to buy in, and even those who have the means to spend 8-figures on a house, on the spot, no questions asked, are holding out for bargains, like common riff-raff. Read more »
Luxury Building One57 Can Kiss Several Pig-Loving, Nude Dance Show-Performing Would-Be Tenants Good-ByeBy Bess Levin
Banning unsightly barbecues and violin practice at all hours of the night is one thing but no pigs? No menageries? No nude to semi-nude performances? Those are going to be several bridges too far for some million and billionaires previously interested in the property. Read more »
By Bess Levin
Trump University Trump Entrepreneur Institute* Students Feel Honored To Just Be Near Likeness of Trump, Says Trump
Were they baited with promises of meeting the Donald in the flesh, only to be offered an opportunity to stand in line for a photo-op with a poster bearing his face? Maybe. Did thousands of Trump College alums nevertheless give the school an A+, tuition well spent? Supposedly, yes. Read more »
In recent times, when one spoke of housing crises and victims, it was generally in reference to those who’d found themselves homeless due to foreclosure proceedings; those who’d seen the value of their homes cut in half; and those who were not in default but nevertheless had a lock put on their front door, all their earthly possessions confiscated, and their best friends kidnapped due to a trigger-happy bank that, for the record, never apologized for setting off a chain of events that resulted in a person needing to be prescribed anxiety medication for emotional distress.
These people, with all due respect, have no fucking clue what it means to suffer. Read more »
How shady is this morning’s delightful Journal story about the travails of Equity Inns preferred stockholders? I think the answer is “just the right amount of shady,” but you might disagree. The gist is that Goldman Sachs real estate private equity funds bought out Equity Inns but left almost $150mm of preferred stock outstanding. Once ENN was no longer a public company (because Goldman owned all its common stock and it had fewer than 300 shareholders), it delisted its preferred stock and stopped providing public financial information.1 This saddened the preferred holders and they expressed their sadness by bidding down the price of the preferred to under 40 cents on the dollar.
Also by complaining to the company, and the SEC, and the Journal, and anyone else who will listen. Also by doing this:
One of the preferred shareholders is responding by creating 300 separate trusts to hold his preferred shares. He argues that should qualify the company for reporting.
Should it? I don’t know but I love it. You gotta fight silly formalism with silly formalism. Read more »
Perhaps you thought that hedge fund manager Steve Cohen’s recent need to indulge in a little retail therapy had been satisfied by the purchases of a $60 million Hamptons home and a $155 million painting. That dropping 200+ mill had made him feel better about certain things going on right now that are out of his control. That the bank was closed. Well you thought wrong! The East End house and the Picasso were apparently but a warm-up, which the Big Guy followed up by buying a building on Perry Street and, possibly, an apartment 6 blocks away. Read more »
It may not be your dream apartment but it does have some nice qualities, like 5,700 square feet and a rooftop basketball court. The younger Soros is asking for $12 million; make him an offer today before it’s promised to someone else. [Curbed via BI]