November 27, 2012
Lisa Hochstein, from the Real Housewives of Miami, told TheMortonReport of her bein’ born a poor cold Canadian who ended up in the warm climate of Miami.
“Well, I grew up in Toronto, Canada so it’s a big deal to be able to move somewhere nice and warm.
All of my friends were really in the same industry—acting and modeling mostly—and everyone wanted to get their visas and move to the States, because that’s where you can really work and do more.
So, I was actually headed to the West Coast (NOTE: Lisa spent some time in Las Vegas…) but I met my husband and I guess you could say he imported me! I’ve been here for five years now.”
Lisa is planning on returning to the RHOM… if it’s picked up for season three… and Lisa is also planning on pushin’ her face cream IF she’s back. Lisa also extrapolates on her fitness regime and her baby-makin’ journey.
What’s much more interesting than Lisa’s blah, blah, blah chat above is HOW Lisa’s husband, Lenny Hochstein, acquired the Hochstein’s present home on Star Island.
According to BizJournal… Lenny is a managing member in “StarIslandFinancial”… a company that scooped up distressed properties. The Hochstein’s present home was purchased in foreclosure proceedings from long-time Star Island resident, Jeannette Branam…
One of the island’s oldest residents, Jeannette Branam, is fighting a three-year battle against a foreclosure at 42 Star Island Drive by Miami Beach plastic surgeon Leonard Hochstein. Branam has lived at the south end of Star Island since 1978. Her family’s company fell on hard times, according to the foreclosure complaint. Branam defaulted on payments to JP Morgan Chase on a $10 million mortgage three years ago. She hasn’t made payments since.
Branam alleges the bank should have allowed a short sale that she was working on, before the note was sold to Star Island Financial LLC at a 28 percent discount for $7.2 million in November 2011.
According to Branam’s attorney, David Philips of Miami, Paolino was a member of Star Island Financial. The exact means of conveying interest in the note to Hochstein wasn’t disclosed, but Hochstein is now a managing member of Star Island Financial.
Photos of the Hochstein’s Miami house…
(Thanks to SH reader “JR”!!)