Not many people live to be 103 years old. But rather than celebrating her 104th birthday in 3 weeks, Vita Lee worries about staying in her home.
Channel 2 Action News reports that movers hired by Deutch Bank, and sheriff's deputies arrived at the ranch style home yesterday to evict Ms. Lee and her 83-year-old daughter as community activists and Channel 2's Ryan Young gathered outside. But after seeing Ms. Lee in her fragile state, the movers and sheriff's deputies refused to go through with the eviction.
"I saw the sheriffs who came to put them out take off and leave. I gave all glory to God," community activist Michael Langford said.
"This family has been waging a war against Deutch Bank," said community activist Derrick Boezeman.
The eviction action was too much for Ms. Lee's daughter. An ambulance rushed her to Grady hospital as news cameras rolled.
When Ms. Lee was asked if she knew she was being evicted, she said, "No. I knew they didn't know what they was doing. God don't let you do wrong." She added: "You know, the Bible says 'once a man and twice a child'. I'm a child, 104-years-old. Don't put me outdoors at 104."
Young explained that the house and case have been in the court system for years. Ms. Lee and her daughter has shared the home on Penelope Street in Northwest Atlanta for 53 years.
Ms. Lee had one last message for the ruthless bankers: "Please don't come in and disturb me no more," she said. "When I'm gone y'all can come out here and do anything you want to do."
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Beyonce and her baby bump were spotted house hunting in Miami Beach with her hubby, Jay Z yesterday. According to INF Photo Daily:
"A pregnant Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z are seen driving around house shopping in Miami, Florida. Knowles wore a bright yellow flowing muumuu frock and comfortable flat sandals."
Photos: INF PHOTO
Uber stars Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith gave Architectural Digest an exclusive look inside their 25,000 square foot Adobe-styled home. The Smith’s luxury crib was designed by architect Stephen Samuelson, with interiors by Judith Lance. The custom furniture added an additional $250,000 to the cost of the unique private residence.
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The federal housing administration (FHA), under an initiative from the White House, will extend the time period when banks can foreclose on homes, according to AJC.com.
This comes as great news for the chronically unemployed whose homes are seized by banks after missing just a few mortgage payments.
Now unemployed homeowners can miss 12 payments instead of 4 before their homes are foreclosed upon.
“The current unemployment forbearance programs have mandatory periods that are inadequate for the majority of unemployed borrowers,” U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said.
“Today, 60 percent of the unemployed have been out of work for more than three months and 45 percent have been out of work for more than six. Providing the option for a year of forbearance will give struggling homeowners a substantially greater chance of finding employment before they lose their home,” Donovan said.
All FHA-approved banks must participate, according to a Housing and Urban Development press release.
Talk about audacity. A woman has admitted to defrauding financial group ING out of over $56 million, in what's being called the largest embezzlement fraud case by a single individual in Australia's history.
Rajina Rita Subramaniam, 41, siphoned $56 million (in U.S. currency) from ING coffers, which she deposited into private accounts to fund her extravagant lifestyle. The former senior accountant for ING is accused of spending millions of dollars on cars, homes, jewelry, high end clothing, shoes, bags, exotic trips and Michael Jackson memorabilia.
When she was arrested, police recovered a haul of expensive merchandise purchased by Subramaniam, including 600 pieces of jewelry from exclusive lines such as Bulgari, Tag Heuer and Tiffany & Co.; 200 Chanel products including clothing, perfume and makeup, tailored clothing by Hugo Boss and Armani, Mont Blanc stationary and a $600 bottle of Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon champagne.
She allegedly spent more than $16 million on jewelry purchases at Paspaley Pearls jewelry store alone.
ING Group is a global asset management organization with over 54 billion in reported revenue in 2010.
Subramaniam's 20-year web of deceit unraveled in 2009 when suspicious high end retailers complained to ING about Ms. Subramaniam's extravagant million-dollar purchases.
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This is a typical $1 million mansion in Lahore, Pakistan, not far from the "luxury" digs in Abbottabad, Pakistan where the world's most wanted killer, Osama Bin Laden, stayed holed up until his death.
By contrast, this is the 3-story "mansion" where Osama spent his last few years on earth hiding from the prying eyes of military forces. The house was built in 2005 to house Osama, his youngest wife, one of his sons and 19 others, including the courier who unwittingly led U.S. forces to the hideout.
The land and the home are estimated to be worth about $1 million, but the compound had no Internet or telephone service. It was ringed by thick 12 to 18-foot walls topped by barbed wire.
Rather than put their garbage out by the curb for pickup like their affluent neighbors, the residents of the compound burned their trash in the yard.
Foot soldiers patrolled the sprawling grounds and snipers stood guard on the roof day and night.
The home had few windows facing the street. A third floor balcony had a 7-foot privacy wall. These outward signs gave every indication that someone important was hiding out there.
Abbotabad is described as a beautiful, sun splashed tourist destination with a golf course and quaint restaurants.
The compound was located just a hundred yards from a military training academy and a few hundred yards from the Pakistan Army Medical Center where it is believed Osama received treatment for kidney failure, low blood pressure and diabetes.
A video obtained by ABC News showed bottles of medications lining a shelf in a bedroom where bin Laden, 3 men and his teenage wife were executed on Sunday.
According to British tabloid The Daily Mail, U.S President Barack Obama watched the raid on the compound in real time on television in the situation room of the White House.
Image of Lahore mansion provided by meirajhaq
Troubled singer Chris Brown just moved into a luxury condo last month, but his new neighbors already wish he would move.
According to Radar Online, Brown, 21, is very disrespectful of his neighbors who live in the 2 year old condo on Fountain Avenue in West Hollywood, California.
Brown paid $1.6 million for the 3,000 square foot, 3 bedroom penthouse which occupies the two top floors. The condo boasts stainless steel appliances, an open floor plan, 10-foot ceilings, a spacious patio with "incredible city views" and direct elevator access. Its listing brags that the condo is "A perfect place for entertaining."
But his neighbors aren't entertained by the loud racket caused by Brown and his friends who come and go at all hours of the night.
“He just moved in around a month ago and he’s already received a warning," a source told Radar Online. "The tenants are just really worried – if he’s like this straight off the bat, they wonder if it's going to get any worse."
“The building isn’t meant to be some kind of party house," the source continued. "Residents don’t want that and they don’t want to live in that kind of environment. The tenants are complaining about him and the noise he’s generating, they’ve even had to give him at least one warning. He needs to keep the volume down – people are sick of his behavior.”
“Chris Brown is a problematic tenant, to say the least,” the source says. “He has his posse traipsing around until the late hours of the night, he’s loud and totally disrespectful of his neighbors. He’s driving the other tenants in the building crazy."
Why didn't he just buy a house instead?
Edited to remove the boy's address. Originally posted on Mar 29, 2011 @ 1:39 p.m.
Last night, while talking to a record label executive about another matter, the exec casually mentioned that R&B singer Keyshia Cole was back home in Atlanta after being chased out of her mini mansion by a stalker in 2009.
The exec went on to say that Cole abandoned her beloved home for the safety of the west coast to get away from her determined super Stan, who was eventually caught with a large cache of weapons and sent to prison.
"She's back in Atlanta checking on her house because he can't bother her any more," the executive told me.
Keyshia considered putting her custom built 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath Alpharetta home on the market in 2009 after a stranger followed her home one night. “I own a gun – a Glock... and I called the police and told them I’d kill him and that I prefer not to,” said Keyshia in a cover story for the June 2009 issue of KING magazine.
Keyshia paid $827,000 in June 2006 for the 5,447 square foot home located in a posh subdivision in Johns Creek. But the depressed housing market sparked by the failing economy sent home prices plummeting in her neighborhood. Homes on Keyshia's street are now selling in the low to mid 500K range.
Actress Lindsay Lohan, 24, was seen entering the Equinox fitness center in West Hollywood yesterday. LiLo was wearing a black Nike jogging suit, a cute Burberry studded cashmere check scarf ($695) and a black Burberry studded leather Knight handbag ($2,195).
Never in a hundred million years would I drop $695 on a scarf. But then I'm not ballin' like LIndsay, who recently moved into a $7,100 a month luxury Venice Beach condo after leaving drug rehab. Speaking of which, if you recall yesterday I told you that Lindsay's ex-girlfriend, DJ Samantha Ronson, is not too happy that Lindsay moved right next door to her.
Lindsay is now telling friends that she had no idea Ronson lived next door. LiLo said she knew the moody DJ lived "somewhere in Venice Beach" but she didn't know where.
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A teenager has been arrested and charged with breaking and entering into Tyler Perry's home. According to the AJC, Chloe Ware, 18, was caught within moments after breaking into the actor and playwright's mansion on Paces Ferry in Atlanta.
Perry's bodyguard caught Ware around 4 a.m. last Thursday, but two others escaped, police said.
Ware was booked and released on her own recognizance. The career criminal has been arrested in the past for auto theft and shoplifting, among other charges.
Perry recently offered to rebuild the burned out home of a 85-year-old Atlanta woman, who narrowly escaped the fire with her 4-year-old great granddaughter.
Speaking of mansions, word has it that music producer-turned-DJ Jermaine Dupri's Paces Ferry home and studio are headed toward foreclosure. Friends say Dupri, who recently laid off his entire staff at So So Def Records, is hemorrhaging money due to his insatiable appetite for strippers.