Internet aggregator Matt Drudge sure has become a generous man after 20 years as the left’s whipping boy and the conservative right’s digital voice.
Drudge last week gave away half of his real estate holdings in the far south Miami suburb of Redland.
Miami-Dade County property records show longtime area dweller Drudge, 49, gifted a 4,600-square-foot house on 4.5 acres of shrubs and woods he bought in January 2013 for $700,000 cash.
If you believe the quitclaim deed that appeared in records Jan. 15, the founder of The Drudge Report surrendered the property that’s adjacent to his $1.45 million homestead to a man with whom he shared the same addresses for the past 11 years.
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The lucky new homeowner was identified as Juan Carlos Alvarado, 55.
He did have to pay Drudge a grand total of $10, the paperwork shows.
Florida state records show Alvarado once held a real estate license and has lived alongside Drudge in a Collins Avenue condo, a $1.57 million house in the Venetian Isles in Miami Beach and, finally, on Southwest 157th Avenue, where Drudge has been assembling land.
Neither the newsman nor Alvarado returned calls and text messages for comment.
Miami Beach real estate agent Ben Moss, who wasn’t involved in the change of ownership but deals with deed issues on a daily basis, said most instances of quitclaim deeds involve family issues.
“Ninety-nine percent of the time, when someone uses a quitclaim instead of a regular warranty deed, it’s to settle a divorce or when a family member wants to donate property.
“Quitclaim deeds save thousands in transfer taxes.”
REAL ESTATE SWITCH
The Miami Beach office of the real estate firm Coldwell Banker parted company with William P.D. Pierce, one of its top moneymakers, in the wake of the filings of two domestic violence complaints by two women in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
Pierce, 46, who often obtains listings for the area’s most valuable properties, said he left Coldwell Banker for greener pastures.
On Jan. 20, he started working at Piquet Realty in downtown Miami, according to state records.
A former girlfriend accused the dealmaker of beating her in his Ferrari then leaving her on the side of a deserted Broward County road.
In Miami, Pierce was charged with eight counts of violating a court order that he stay away from his soon-to-be-ex wife.
Coldwell Banker officials didn’t return a call for comment.
Said Cristiano Piquet, owner of Piquet Realty: “We don’t do background checks, but he seems like a good guy to me.”
ICE, ICE, BABY
Former Miami Beach bike dealer and 1980s rap icon Vanilla Ice has paid his dues to society.
Ice, who has reinvented himself as a cable TV rehab guru, worked for Habitat For Humanity for 150 hours in order to dismiss a grand theft charge pending against him in Palm Beach County.
The charge stemmed from a strange incident a year ago in Lantana where Ice and cast members from his show on the DIY network allegedly entered a vacant property and helped themselves to equipment.