Exclusive: Melissa and Joe Gorga House Update — Something Ain’t Clean in The Buttermilk!

Posted on Jul 1 2014 - 4:07pm by Editor

Melissa Gorga

As we previously reported in March, the Gorgas moved out of their Montville, New Jersey McMansion into a modest colonial rental in Franklin Lakes. The couple claimed they sold their Montville, New Jersey home for their full asking price of $3.8 million and had started construction on a new dream home in Franklin Lakes. Joe Gorga posted pics on social media of himself holding engineer drawings to back up his statements of plans for a new home.

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Now according to US Weekly, Melissa and Joe claim they are pursuing legal action against the purchaser of their Montville mansion, who has failed to make recent payments on their former New Jersey home. That statement in itself makes no sense because if someone “purchases” a home, they own it, either by paying the full amount up front or obtaining a loan and making payments to a bank or lending company. Logically, the house was not sold and according to a Morris County Property search, Melissa and Joe Gorga are listed as the current owners.

A rep for the Gorga family tells Us Weekly:

“In August 2013, the Gorgas entered into a purchase agreement with an extended close option for the sale of their Montville home. To date, the purchaser has failed to uphold his financial obligations under the agreement and provided bounced checks totaling $20,000 as well as failed to pay rent for the months of April, May, and June 2014. After repeated attempts to have purchaser honor his agreement, the Gorgas were left with no other choice, but to pursue legal action and filed a summons for eviction.  The Gorgas have continued to carry and pay taxes for the Montville home while also building a new home in Franklin Lakes.”

The statement above roused my suspicion even further which led me to do some digging. And according to the Borough of Franklin Lakes Construction Department, neither Joe Gorga or Melissa Gorga have current construction permits on file. The office informed me, permits were filed previously in 1994, 2004 and 2006 but nothing current. The clerk also stated, no construction can take place “legally” without the proper permits filed in their office.

The woman on the phone went on to comment that Richard Wakile and Kevin Jonas (as in Jonas Brothers) came into the office to file construction permits and the Wakile’s are actively building. This is true because Kathy and Rich have posted numerous pics during various stages of their construction. Like the one below.

Wakile

My findings are very puzzling since the Gorga’s have stated on numerous occasions they are in the process of building their dream house in Franklin Lakes and they sold their Montville mansion. 

UPDATE: via NJ.com 

  • The Gorga’s and their tenant appeared in court on Friday, to answer to the Gorga’s complaint of non-payment of rent. The tenant, Kai Patterson, showed up late and the judge ruled in the Gorga’s favor by default.
  • In a written statement by the tenant’s representative,  his purpose for being late was due to a broken sprinkler system, it was leaking water by the gallons.
  • Patterson, who had already paid the Gorgas’ unpaid water bill of $4,416, attempted to plug the “gushing water,” and that made him late, according to the statement.
  • Patterson said the dispute with the Bravo channel stars arose after he paid a $25,000 deposit meant to go for repairs on the house, but the Gorgas made no repairs. His representative’s statement listed numerous problems with the house, involving plumbing and heating issues and beavers living in crawl spaces.
  • His attorney has filed a motion to vacate the default, the statement said, adding that the parties expect to settle the lawsuit.
  • “They want their payments and I want repairs,” Patterson said.
  • The agreement was signed last August and Patterson officially took possession of the house in April.
  • Patterson has provided only “bounced checks” totaling $20,000 for April and no payments since then, according to the Gorgas’ complaint. He did make a partial payment of $10,000 against the bounced check, they said.
  • The Gorga’s continue to pay taxes for the home in Montville while renting a home in Franklin Lakes, where they are also building a house, their representative said.
  • The statement from Patterson’s representative said he has paid more than $30,000 for repairs and the water bill, along with another $20,000 for rent, so given the condition of the house, he is legally up to date on his payments.
  • The statement pointed out that an amended agreement in November changed the payments from $20,000 per month for rent to $10,000 for rent and $10,000 as a purchase credit, and the purchase credit required repairs.
  • The statement from Patterson’s representative listed problems including a pipe that burst in the master bathroom tub, making it unusable; a showerhead in the master bathroom bath that doesn’t work properly and a fireplace in the old billiard room, now an office, that was “stuffed with Mr.Gorga’s T-Shirt in an attempt to reduce the cold air coming into the room.”
  • Melissa and Joe’s representative declined to comment on the issue of repairs or the likelihood of a settlement, but added, “Any claims regarding why payment has not been made are an attempt to deflect from the simple fact that he bounced checks and made false promises of payment.”


 

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  • Great digging. This whole show is comprise of nothing but thieves, phonies, and oh yeah … thieves. Fraudulent people. I have no desire to watch the RHONJ. They are the most overexposed franchise on Bravo.

    • Hey Bre!

      Girl, you better say that. The whole lot of them are ALL criminals. The stuff is coming to out every day.

      • No people of real wealth would be caught dead being casted for the RHONJ. Bravo has a bigger mess on their hands than can ever be imagined, but as long as the ratings come in, they don’t care.

        • PREACH!!!!! I been saying that for years and that goes for every franchise. If they were really RICH and had class, reality TV would be the last place they would agree to be on.

          • WestCoastFeed

            Check you email doc for the purchaser’s response to this eviction notice.

            This was a lease-purchase plan.

          • Thanks West..I figured that was the deal here but why announce to the public, the house is sold when it’s not. A lease-purchase plan is not “sold”….it’s “Lease-to-own”…why lie to the public like this, knowing we would find out?

          • WestCoastFeed

            What Melissa said when Andy asked her about the sale, was just a noncommittal, “We did well.”

          • Mel and Joe released numerous statements to various mags and popular blogs that they sold their home for asking price of $3.8m.

          • WestCoastFeed

            What did the original purchase plan say? Did this guy agree to the full purchase after the lease ends?

          • If I recall Mel said it on WWHL or the reunion that they sold their house for full asking price and their moving to Franklin Lakes. I’ll drudge up the videotape.

          • WestCoastFeed

            No, that I distinctly remember. She hesitated and then said, “We did well,” before she started to talk about moving to Franklin Lakes.

          • I remember Andy asking her if she got full asking price and she said yes. Let me go look for it.

          • Exactly and it’s sad. I mean, it’s a key, but now, even entertainers like TI and Chris Brown are getting reality shows. SMH. The ratchet reality TV niche is for everyone I see.

          • Chiiiile….I can’t wait for Chris Brown’s reality show. #TheseHo’sAint Loyal ….LAWD!!!!!!

          • LOL. Exactly. I’m gone be glued to the TV and I promise you I won’t budge.

          • Marsbars09

            ROFLMAO!!! Is that for real Doc?! LOL!

          • Reports are saying Chris Brown is getting his own reality show. I hope it’s true.

          • Tre’s Pic’s aren’t Angelic

            On the same vein (ewwww), maybe there should be a Tranny reality show that’s about how to blackmail a semi-celeb or bravolebrity in less than 5 visits to the backseat of the limo.
            I’d bet that Bravo would get in on the ground floor for that train wreck show idea, ay!
            Then these “contestants” could put it on their resume or in their tell-all book “How I made 6 figure Bucks Legally…through the front and back door”.
            Rrrreeeeerrrrrffffffttttttt!

            P.S. V Stiviana in, on a dishonorable mention.

          • Oh Dear Lord! I love a good train-wreck but this might be TOO much for tv. LOLOL!

  • Babson_Chick

    Read this earlier & was wondering WTH – they weren’t paying rent??!! These NJ HW’s continue to smell up the state.

    • Hey Babs!

      • Babson_Chick

        Hi Doc!! What’s up?? Am gonna miss ya’ll and the latest dirt!! Wasn’t there an article some time back – no record of this property being sold??

        • Hey Babs! You going on vaca again? Where ya off to this time, hon? Yup….we did publish that there’s no record of sale according to county records.

          • WestCoastFeed

            You’ll notice above that part of the agreement was a “delayed close.” There wont be any record of the sale until it closes. Read this guy’s response to their eviction notice. It sounds to me like he still wants to buy the place.

          • That’s why a “lease-to-own” agreement is not a sale/purchase because anything can happen before the “proposed” closing. The tenant said he’s not paying them rent until the Gorga’s fix the long list of repairs.

          • WestCoastFeed

            It’s a mess. And this guy who is buying it sounds like a scammer to me. too. I think it sounds like both parties in this deal deserve each other.

          • Ain’t that the truth! And who has $20k a month for a rental property, in this day and age?

          • WestCoastFeed

            Google him and you will find that he is not exactly squeaky clean.

          • twifan2

            Then why does he ‘want’ their house?
            ‘Celebrity’ hound maybe?

          • All About The Tea

            Oh my, something seems fishy about this whole thing. Something ain’t clean in the buttermilk.

          • Vince Foster, Jr.

            And Melissa lies again!!!!

          • twifan2

            You mean ‘continues’. 😉

          • Babson_Chick

            Headed north to GA for big family celebration – 1 bro has 80 acres along the river – there will be fishing, boating, shooting arrows (at targets-not each other) volleyball, board game playing at night, fireworks every night & I’m taking plenty of wine.

  • SAMRA1116

    That’s all the people do is lie—-don’t they know the truth will come out. Smdh

    • Hey Samra…well said and I am sick and tired of all of them!

  • WestCoastFeed

    In other NJ news. The date and place for the premiere party has been announced. All proceeds going to charity–Project LadyBug and Deborah Hospital. For $100 donation there will be hors d’oeuvres and one glass of Fabellini.

    • This has Vince in an uproar!

      • WestCoastFeed

        I’ll bet it does. When Teresa first tweeted about the premiere party a week or more ago, she tweeted about Fabellini “flowing.” One glass is not exactly “flowing.” But I guess she wants to force each guest to drink at least one glass, knowing full well that they won’t come back for more.

        • twifan2

          At a $100/glass, I wouldn’t either! 🙂
          I wonder who is catering this thing & where is it at?

          • WestCoastFeed

            It’s at a restaurant in Parsippany called Pure.

          • twifan2

            Not in NYC?
            I find that odd.

          • twifan2

            Pure Parsippany in Morris, NJ.
            LOL member of Dining Out circuit. 😀

          • WestCoastFeed

            Of course, another Dining Out card restaurant. Their agent is promoting Fabellini for Teresa.

          • twifan2

            That stuff is tanking FAST!

          • WestCoastFeed

            I doubt that she expects anything more than to just keep her “brand” associated with it for a few months longer and keep the name Fabellini in the news. At least until the end of September when she will learn her fate.

          • That’s exactly what I was thinking and I said before. She’s doing these shit venues just to keep the brand relevant in the public.

          • Vince Foster, Jr.

            The word on the street is that they may rebrand Fabelllini as Hindenburg Swill. Oh, the humanity of it all.

          • Vince Foster, Jr.

            WCF, Robyn wants to be referred as an ambassador. Let’s appoint her to Syria

          • WestCoastFeed

            Anywhere in Mess O Potamia.

        • All About The Tea

          First of all why on earth would Bravo have their name associated with Teresa and anything charity after the stunt she pulled with stuffing the money on paper bags?

          • twifan2

            huuummm, maybe Bravo doesn’t care?! :/

          • That’s quite obvious! And perhaps Bravo rather set a trap for the rat to incriminate herself further. Makes for better TV and more press.

          • WestCoastFeed

            Melissa, Teresa and Dina have tweeted about the party, but nothing yet from the newbies. I wonder why not?

          • Hmmmm……..I like the twins. They seem like firecrackers and fun!

        • Vince Foster, Jr.

          Here is the deal as far as I can tell, you pay $100, you get one glass of Fabellini and a pig in the blanket. If you want more Fabellini, you will have to pay for it. I bet Teresa has an a autograph table and takes cash.

          On the other hand, I think Dina’s heart is in the right place and is doing something good for charity.

          • twifan2

            Use your Dining Out card & get 25% off your bill, Vince!
            Let’s make reservations now, Vince! 😀

          • Vince! Have you been sipping on the Fartalini? Dina’s heart is black and she’s an insecure phony bitch!

          • twifan2

            ‘Dina’s heart is in the right place and is doing something good for charity.’
            You drinking that rock gut Fushellini, Vince?! 😀

          • Damn, we think alike look below..LMAO!

          • twifan2

            LOL Just saw! 😀

          • Vince Foster, Jr.

            If Teresa wasn’t going, I would probably go. It’s a good charity.

          • twifan2

            There are VERY FEW charities I give to & those 2 aren’t any of them.

          • MorningYawn

            Deborah hospital has an excellent reputation. I would totally donate to them, though not thru this avenue! My neighbor growing up was a heart surgeon there and he is as ethical as they come (and brilliant!).

          • twifan2

            I was talking about Lady Bug, THIS event & in a way Sloan Kettering.
            🙂
            This event just reeks of ‘shadiness’ to me. I’d like to actually see what is given to the hospital.

          • MorningYawn

            True about LB! Just had to give pros to Deborah! 😉

          • twifan2

            🙂

          • WestCoastFeed

            Is Bravo’s name associated with this party? If so, I think it is going to have to be squeaky clean.

          • Well she’s calling it a “launch party” so I’m assuming Bravo (if not directly) is tied to it.

          • twifan2

            I see no Bravo on the poster. :/

          • I hear “launch party” for the show and immediately think of Bravo.

          • twifan2

            Somebody better be watching those ticket sales, FUR SHUR! smh

          • You know she will “try it,” a criminals can’t help themselves. I saw the RHONJ sneak peek last night again and Milania calls her mother a “butthole”……Oh my!!!!

          • twifan2

            Didn’t you hear her say ‘that’s your new name-butthole.’
            smh

          • WestCoastFeed

            And people think that child is cute.

          • Yes! They go crazy if you talk about the child as if she’s an angel.

          • WestCoastFeed

            Milania is 8 years old. That kind of language from an 8 year-old means trouble. If she were 4 or 5 it could be excused as a kid who had no clue what she was saying.

          • Thank you! We saw her at 4-5 and her language and behavior has only gotten worse.

          • Marsbars09

            Hey Doc, I just posted a similar comment.
            GMTA. 🙂

          • yes ma’am! 🙂

          • Marsbars09

            True dat WCF! It will only grow worse as she gets older.

          • Vince Foster, Jr.

            Well she was right, Teresa is an asshole.

          • Vince Foster, Jr.

            Teresa was using RHONJ on her Fabellini posters with the same font as the show. I sent a tweet to Bravo to ask she could use it but they never responded.

          • twifan2

            She can use the font. She might have to pay for it tho, if it’s not free online.

          • I love you!!!! Thank you, Vince.

          • twifan2

            ;D

          • twifan2

            Vince, will Leotard Boy be coming with us?
            Or will he be joining us there?

          • Vince Foster, Jr.

            You betcha.

          • WestCoastFeed

            He doesn’t have much time to order a new v-neck blinged t-shirt. He’d better rush order one.

          • LMAO!!

    • twifan2

      ‘All’ proceeds going to charity?! :/
      I really doubt that!

      • WestCoastFeed

        Well, it does say “all ticket proceeds” go to charity. There is a loophole after all.

        • Good catch, West! That’s what I love about you, you’re sharp as a whistle.

          • twifan2

            No mention of ‘All’ on this poster. Just ‘Admission BENEFITS Charity.
            Like I said-s t r a n g e!
            TICKET TYPE SALES END PRICE FEE
            General Admission Ticket Jul 10, 2014 $100.00 $5.99

          • Vince Foster, Jr.

            Technically they are supposed to advise you of the portion deductible.

          • twifan2

            So, on ONE poster it says ‘Ticket Proceeds will go to Charity’
            The other poster(above) says $100 Admission ‘Benefits’ Charity.
            Getting shadier & shadier!
            Just how much are the Fushellinis priced at? :/

          • WestCoastFeed

            Interesting that the twins are not featured in either poster. Are they hosting their own party? One of those twins husband owns a couple of restaurants.

          • Tre’s Pic’s aren’t Angelic

            Wouldn’t ya think…if Tre gives (yeah right) them a Fabellini with a splash of vodka in it (up the octane and loosen up the wallet) as they walk in the door, the “marks-suckers” won’t notice the ambiguity in how many different ways Tre will try to skiv money from the “patrons”.
            Sly ole “threehead” that she is, ay?!?

          • You know the thieving broad well, good assessment!

    • MorningYawn

      No nephcure?

  • Marsbars09

    Damn, the Montville Mansion sounds like it’s a piece of sh*t! No way in hell would I pay nearly 4 million on that cardboard box.
    It sounds like the Gorgas’ got “played” by Patterson. I think it would have been beneficial for the Gorgas’ to sell the mansion at the best price possible. It would have saved them a lot less stress.

    • Vince Foster, Jr.

      But this way Melissa could lie and say she sold it for the listing price

      • Marsbars09

        Mel is so stupid!

        • Birdie11

          LOL! Tell it Marsie! You’re the best!!

          • Marsbars09

            Hi Birdie baby! How are you doing?

          • Birdie11

            I’m good…how are you? I just don’t have it in me to comment on these skeezy characters…you’re saying what I am thinking!!

          • Marsbars09

            Aren’t these folks trifling?! We’re GMTA! 🙂

          • Birdie11

            Definitely…you’re speaking for me tonite!!

          • Hey girl! 🙂

          • Birdie11

            Hi Suesseree!

    • Hey boo! 🙂 Patterson and the Gorga’s are both shady. Jersey is shadyville.

      • Marsbars09

        Hi Doc! These ratchet Jersey reality shows are giving the Garden state a bad name.

        • Ratchet is good though…ratchet keeps me entertained. Me likes the ratchet.

          • Marsbars09

            Well the NJ residents don’t like it and I don’t blame them. :/

          • Vince Foster, Jr.

            Thanks you. I is educated.

          • Marsbars09

            🙂

      • Vince Foster, Jr.

        Hey Doc, FU. I’m from Jersey!

        • I’m bending over and mooning youse back!

  • italiano bambino

    So they do own the house. I remember people saying it wasn’t the gorgas house?

    • WestCoastFeed

      Yes, they do own the house. They always have owned the house. The sale was one of those lease-purchase deals where the buyer had a year to rent it before making the final commitment to buy.

      • So in other words, No sale occurred.

        • italiano bambino

          I remember some trehuggers saying it wasn’t the gorgas house.

          • WestCoastFeed

            Oh, I think you must mean those nuts who thought that the construction loan meant they didn’t own it. Just a number of nitwits who did not understand the construction business.

          • italiano bambino

            Lol I just laugh now

        • WestCoastFeed

          Technically, I guess you could say so. But this guy has a claim on it and if he continues to pay his rent for a year then he can honor his commitment to buy it.

          • “Commitment to buy” are the operative words.

      • murlut

        You are exactly right WCF. They did a owner lease option with the buyer. In this day and age its hard to find people who can buy a house because you have to have great credit. I am sure in the paperwork it said they were purchasing the property. So now I wonder who will be making the payments again… Them. You might see them moving back in

    • Hey Bam! Yes, they own the house.

      • italiano bambino

        Hi seuss right now the banshee is loosing her shit lol

        • Hey sweets! Doesn’t she always, jealous bitch!

          • italiano bambino

            I wouldn’t surprised me if she even started the rumor like the other ones we seen

          • would not surprise me one bit.

  • italiano bambino

    Nj related. So the twins of the show are not friends with any of the wives?

    • Tre’s Pic’s aren’t Angelic

      I’d say, that’s a wrap (even though I won’t be watching the show)!

      • WestCoastFeed

        The one unmarried twin and her boyfriend are friends with Rich & Kathy Wakile and with Rosie.

  • Tre’s Pic’s aren’t Angelic

    Hey this is really off topic.
    But I think it’s just so odd that Joe Gorga is all forehead and Tre is No Forehead.
    Just an observation….

    • Bwahahahaha!!!! This is brilliant!

    • italiano bambino

      Life is just cruel with the forehead

    • Birdie11

      Maybe so the kids have a prayer of a normal forehead? To stop the forehead problems with the next generation.

  • italiano bambino

    Anyone ready for planet of the apes? here’s a photo of the premier party

    • Look at that beauty! 🙂

      • italiano bambino

        Juicy looking flawless

  • jane

    Gorgas are as phoney as a $3 bill. “We pay are bills!!”. . .not. So glad this guy has come forward and exposed what is really going on with the “sale” of this house. The repair list, which the Gorgas appeared to have agreed to take care and have not, is quite extensive. . . .and expensive.
    The word “loyalty” is not in their vocabulary. These two are just as reprehensible, if not more so, as the Giudices only in a different way. Scammers and liars who throw their own parents and family under the bus are lowlifes in my book. When Jacs posted that picture on Twitter of Antonia visiting her grandfather in the hospital in order to back up Melissa’s story (which Melissa kept waffling back and forth and couldn’t keep straight) and it was proven the pic was taken at a different time, that was the final straw for me. Their lies are catching up to them. Promos show them now investing all they have in the garbage business with Joe saying it has to work, otherwise, they have lost everything. If they had been so well off to begin with (Rolexs and the Bentley and Lamborghini), I would think they would have more than enough to live comfortably. Ugh! Cannot stand these two who are so transparent. . .they are all about deceit and conceit. . .clear as glass!!!

  • cait

    Hey folk, bring us over the ponders up to date, please ! I read that the house was so badly built it caused all the problems. I pity Kai landed with this !

    • twifan2

      Hi Hi cait! 🙂
      What do you want to know? Most of the info about the Gorga’s house is in the story above.

      • cait

        Ta t/f2. As Melissa said, many times, li’l Joe can’t do 2nd grade maths and is a bit of a thicko, why did Kai go into business with him AFTER being stiffed on the house ?

        • twifan2

          I guess their greed is more powerful than common sense. :/
          *le shrug*

    • Hey Cait. We all miss you. Hope you’re doing well.

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  • Sadie Marie

    Here in the mid.west we call that a land contract.