Articles by Sally Apgar

Tousa bankruptcy grinds on with broad implications

Tousa bankruptcy grinds on with broad implications

The legal tussles surrounding the lengthy, messy bankruptcy of builder Tousa got a bit of clarity last week, when...

Tousa bankruptcy grinds on with broad implications
Vero Beach a hub of discount luxury

Vero Beach a hub of discount luxury

In January, developer Clark French invited 300 investors from Europe, Asia and the Middle East to an open house in Vero Beach. He served Cartier’s private label champagne to sell a lavish estate he...

Vero Beach a hub of discount luxury
Holiday shopping list: discounted Palm Beach mansions

Holiday shopping list: discounted Palm Beach mansions

From left: 300 Regents Park, Cooley’s 8 Windsor Court Palm Beach political activist and nationally ranked croquet champ William...

Holiday shopping list: discounted Palm Beach mansions
Everglades on the Bay developer faces more legal wrangling

Everglades on the Bay developer faces more legal wrangling

Enrique Arevalo bought what he was told would be a luxury two-bedroom apartment in one of Miami’s newest condominiums,...

Everglades on the Bay developer faces more legal wrangling
Jordanian Princess’ Palm Beach home hits market for $17.5 million

Jordanian Princess’ Palm Beach home hits market for $17.5 million

1320 North Lake Way Jordanian Princess Alia bint Al-Hussein, half-sister of King Abdullah II, ruler of Jordan, is selling...

Jordanian Princess’ Palm Beach home hits market for $17.5 million
Consumer law won’t rescue condo owners

Consumer law won’t rescue condo owners

A federal appeals panel has overturned a decision by a lower federal court in Florida and has ruled that condominium owners cannot use a 1968 law designed to protect consumers from swampland scams to...

Consumer law won’t rescue condo owners
Cleaning up the mortgage mess

Cleaning up the mortgage mess

South Florida gave the country the setting for the fictional crime-fighting television series “CSI-Miami,” and now it’s giving the United States a real force for combating mortgage fraud. For more than a year, Stephen...

Cleaning up the mortgage mess
Mansion prices move to lower price bracket

Mansion prices move to lower price bracket

Palm Beach’s shoreline is eroding in different areas, but not as fast as the top end of its luxury market. Last week, brokers said an elegant oceanfront estate on Palm Beach Island that languished...

Mansion prices move to lower price bracket
Sonoma Bay suit claims fraud

Sonoma Bay suit claims fraud

When Pamela Hart, a county employee, slapped down $275,000 in December 2006 for a new townhouse in Riviera Beach’s Sonoma Bay, she expected a guarded community in which she and fellow homeowners had a...

Sonoma Bay suit claims fraud
Inside the deal: Palm Beach mansion swap

Inside the deal: Palm Beach mansion swap

For a third time this year, the Palm Beach office of the Corcoran Group, looking for ways to move mansions in a slow market, brokered a deal so that two clients could swap mansions...

Inside the deal: Palm Beach mansion swap
Slugger A-Rod cuts mansion price by $5M

Slugger A-Rod cuts mansion price by $5M

New York Yankees slugger Alexander Rodriguez is opting for a major buzz cut on his ritzy ranch in Coral Gables. A-Rod listed the waterfront estate for $14.9 million last October and just dropped the...

Slugger A-Rod cuts mansion price by $5M
Golfer Greg Norman mansion gets facelift for sale

Golfer Greg Norman mansion gets facelift for sale

When golf great Greg Norman decided that the sale of his Jupiter Island estate had hit an iceberg and...

Golfer Greg Norman mansion gets facelift for sale
Maison Grande Association Files Chapter 11

Maison Grande Association Files Chapter 11

As more condo owners find themselves upside down or facing foreclosure, condo associations are discovering it’s getting harder to...

Maison Grande Association Files Chapter 11
Shaq’s Star Island sale may set price floor

Shaq’s Star Island sale may set price floor

The recent revelation that basketball star Shaquille O’Neal finally sold his mega-manse on swanky Star Island for $16 million...

Shaq’s Star Island sale may set price floor
The other Trumps

The other Trumps

From the July New York issue: In some South Florida circles, they are known as “the Other Trumps.” Brothers Jules and Eddie, the sons of a South African tailor known as “Willie,” have no financial,...

The other Trumps
Palm Beach mansions get (relatively) cheaper

Palm Beach mansions get (relatively) cheaper

A multimillion-dollar mansion sale last week brought the extent of the housing crash home to the very highest end...

Palm Beach mansions get (relatively) cheaper
Trump talks past, real estate future

Trump talks past, real estate future

A Russian fertilizer mogul paid Donald Trump more than $95 million for a Palm Beach mansion that sprawls like a super-sized white wedding cake along 475 feet of pristine ocean front, setting a record...

Trump talks past, real estate future
Palm Beach prices bend, don’t break

Palm Beach prices bend, don’t break

The transformation of the Palm Beach home of Bernie Madoff is complete, from trophy mansion to a target of picture-snapping tourists and troops of teenagers toilet-papering his house in retribution for the loss of...

Palm Beach prices bend, don’t break
Swampland law could unstick condo buyers

Swampland law could unstick condo buyers

After looking at brochures for the Oasis, Yosvani Alfonso thought he was buying into a luxurious “urban-tropical” lifestyle when he slapped down a $106,180 preconstruction deposit for a condo overlooking the Caloosahatchee River in...

Swampland law could unstick condo buyers
More Madoff victims quietly list homes

More Madoff victims quietly list homes

For 12 years, Richard Schlanger invested with Bernie Madoff, the once scrappy Wall Street wizard now reviled as the evil architect of the largest Ponzi scheme in history. Today, Schlanger acknowledges that because of...

More Madoff victims quietly list homes
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