WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The problems keep piling up for New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger.
Just last week he was caught driving without a license. Now he could lose his home.
Documents filed last week show steps are being taken to foreclose on Berger’s home. We also have paperwork that proves his ex-girlfriend, who is also listed on the deed, has been trying to sell or rent the home, but Berger has been less than cooperative.
Berger and Karyn Crichton bought the home on Commons Way back in 2005 for $215,000. Shortly after they refinanced it in 2009, their relationship ended.
According to court documents, Crichton moved out of the home because of psychological, verbal and physical abuse. At the time, Crichton agreed to pay part of the mortgage. The home was also put up for sale, but it never sold.
In court documents, Crichton claims Berger refused to list the property at a fair market price. Their realtor e-mailed them in September 2009 and January 2010 saying they needed to lower the price to $245,000. Four months later the realtor notified them that she would be removing the lockbox on the home, because of lack of communication. Crichton claims Berger never returned the realtor’s e-mails or calls.
Crichton also tried to find berger a roommate. An affidavit Crichton filed in court included these e-mails from seven prospective renters interested in moving into the home. Crichton claims when she went to stage the property toilets were dirty, there was standing water in the kitchen and the floors and carpets were dirty.
Crichton went six months without paying her share of the mortgage in 2010. In August of that year, she paid Berger $2,100 for what she owed. Now, it appears, no one is paying the mortgage.
An “appointment of substitute trustee” was filed with the Register of Deeds office Wednesday. That is one of the initial steps taken in the foreclosure process.
We spoke with Crichton earlier today. She did not want to comment.
Commissioner Berger has not return our calls.