With ongoing foreclosure proceedings against their Franklin Lakes mansion, the husband of a former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star is trying to sell scores of items from their home on Facebook’s marketplace.
Since March, Christopher Laurita’s Facebook page has been flooded with various items from their home that are now for sale, including: a $4,500 chandelier (you must be able to come remove it), a free 74-inch television (it doesn’t work), a home gym (someone scooped that up for $500), a $200 signed “Silence of the Lambs” framed poster (certified signatures), an $1,800 poker table (he says it has a $15,000 value) and a “real nice” $750 wooden cabinet (which he says complements the bedroom set he is also selling).
There are currently 14 items for sale for a total of $16,810 on Facebook’s Marketplace, a Craigslist-like portal that allows users to upload items for sale and for other users to inquire about buying them. Some items have been reduced since Laurita first uploaded them for sale.
Christopher Laurita previously advertised other items on his Facebook page that are no longer available in the website’s marketplace feature, like a signed “Sopranos” photo of cast members, a toy storage unit, a signed “Godfather” I and III poster, a generator that he used during Hurricane Sandy and a snowblower he used only three times.
Laurita said the sale of various items from his home has “nothing to do” with the foreclosure proceedings. He said they have an opportunity that is requiring them to relocate and their new home is a “completely different style,” prompting them to sell some items.
“Why can’t someone write something positive about a family pulling up their bootstraps and moving on to bigger and better opportunities?” Laurita said in a Facebook message. … “What we’re doing is a good thing and is best for our families future. We are looking forward to it.”
After putting the home back on the market in April for $1.95 million, the couple reduced the price earlier this month to $1.85 million, which is a $1 million drop from what they originally listed the home for in 2014.
Christopher Laurita purchased the home in 2001 for slightly more than $1.7 million, according to property records.
The couple previously expressed their financial distress on the show, saying it was due to their son’s therapy for autism.
In 2015, the couple’s lenders for the home initiated foreclosure proceedings, but in June 2016, the foreclosure was dismissed. However, in July 2017, M&T Bank and Hudson City Savings Bank filed notice of foreclosure with the Superior Court in Bergen County, according to online court documents. The case is still active.
Jacqueline Laurita first appeared on the show in 2009 before briefly leaving in 2014. She then came back to the cast full-time for season seven of the show.
In March 2017, Bravo announced Laurita would not be coming back to the show as a full-time housewife.
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