We have two stories to bring to you from the world of property this month that you may have missed….
A vast mansion owned by Gianni Versace on Miami’s popular Ocean Drive became the subject of much attention in 1997, when serial killer Andrew Cunanan shot dead popular designer Versace on his own front steps.
Now those steps, and the house that goes with them, are up for sale – attracting numerous high profile bidders. The 23,000 sq ft building contains 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a 54-foot-long mosaic swimming pool inlaid with 24-carat gold tiles, gold-plated bathroom fixtures, as well as a rooftop observatory and mosaic flooring, frescoes and murals custom-made for Versace himself.
Bidders reputedly included David and Victoria Beckham and the final selling price, not to Mr Golden Balls (much to Victoria’s chagrin, one might imagine), was a touch over $41m.
More likely to leave your partner than mortgage provider?
In a sad report of endemic apathy from leading comparison website gocompare.com, it was highlighted that more Britons stayed loyal to their mortgage providers last year, than to their partners or employers.
In fact, only 2% switched their mortgage compared with 11% changing jobs and 3% changing their partners.
This runs contrary to advice from GoCompare’s customer Insight Manager:
“One of the best ways to save money is to get into the habit of regularly comparing products and prices to see if you can switch to a better deal. This thrifty habit will not only help you to save money on your weekly food shopping bills and each time you fill up your car – but, could make you significant annual savings on your insurances, utility bills and other financial products.”
Amazingly, GoCompare also recommends this bit of financial advice…
“Use a comparison site – they provide quick and up-to-date information on a wide range of financial products and services.”
07/10/2013 SRJ / LCB