Will Anyone Buy Neverland Ranch?
The date has finally been set, unless the situation drastically changes, Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch will be sold at auction on March 19 becoming what is likely the country's most famous foreclosure. According to Fox News, Jackson received word Monday from Financial Title Company that unless he comes up with $24,525,906.61 by that date, a public auction will go forward in Santa Barbara in front of the county courthouse. The house and everything inside and around, personal property, the rides on the grounds, all of it is going.
Jackson hasn't been spotted at Neverland since June 2005. In that time he's lived in Bahrain, Ireland and Las Vegas among other pit stops on his global tour. It is assumed that Jackson will just do nothing and let the property go up for auction since he probably does not have the money even though he refinanced his $300 million loan from Fortress Investments with help from Sony Music, HSBC and Barclays Bank.
Jackson moved out of Neverland after he was acquitted of child molestation charges. He did pay around $600,000 in property taxes last month. If no one bids on Neverland then Fortress Investments will take possession of the property and will likely put it on the market through a Santa Barbara real estate agent.
UPDATE: CNN quotes a Jackson source as saying Michael is trying to work out the financing.
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