FIRST ON 3: Documents show what led to possible Berger home foreclosure


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Submitted: Tue, 01/10/2012 - 4:59am
Updated: Sat, 04/14/2012 - 2:10am
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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.

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53 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: Documents show what led to possible Berger home foreclosure"


Commonsensenotcommontoday
2015 years 8 months ago

…or a guilt-ridden White liberal who hates herself for being successful.

madame k
2015 years 8 months ago

Berger is the issue here, he is the only person responsible for his actions. Berger is the loser you elected. After reading the posts, why does it appear everyone other than Berger is responsible??? Berger exhibits no personal responsibility for his complete lack of judgement, and continually exhibits little regard for himself or others. Berger is delusional, and needs to wake up and accept responsibility for his actions. His girlfriends past and present have nothing to do with Bergers behavior…Berger is a one man wrecking ball and has created his own path of destruction.

Raindrop
2015 years 8 months ago

Response to Guest 1234 – Obviously, you don’t know Karyn or the truth. Karyn has worked very hard to earn her position as a planner. Putting herself through school with student loans and earning her Masters degree with honors. For years she has tried to work with Berger to sell the house and go their separate ways, but as many in Wilmington have experienced, Berger refuses to work with anyone, and blames the victims for his shortcomings.

taxpayer
2015 years 8 months ago

“All I could think of why would anyone vote for someone they knew nothing about.”

I agree…but that’s how Obama got elected.

Peyton Garrett
2015 years 8 months ago

Could there be a little fraud pertaining to the mortgage? Don’t forget the Unemployment benefits He received while a commissioner. Does that not constitute another look? This man has a penchant towards bending the rules to His favor. The amounts in both of these situations would qualify to felonies I believe. I may be wrong. One thing is for sure, Berger is a boil on the behind of the County and from Me, that’s putting it mildly.