About Me – Snoutfair Spermologer to the World!

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When I started peddling Greenwich dirt in 2001 I was approached to write a weekly column on real estate for a local paper. Three years later, that gig ended abruptly when I offended a local firm, whose manager called the publisher and said, “Fountain goes or our advertising goes.” The advertising stayed and I migrated to the web, where this blog has flourished – the paper has done less well.

I’ve always been annoyed by what passes for real estate “reporting”: glowing paeans to marvelous architecture, appeals to snobbery and always – always! a cheery view of the market. So I don’t do that (ask my former publisher): if a house is an over-priced POS I’ll point that out. If a house sells for half-its original asking price I’ll mention that too. And if I like a house, it won’t be because it’s my listing or an advertiser insists I give it a favorable mention. No advertising on this site.

These are just my opinions, of course, and opinions are personal and, sometimes, dead wrong – feel free to disagree.

I do sell real estate for a living, primarily as a buyer’s representative, not a seller’s, and I’m always happy to hear from readers or customers. Write me at Christopher.fountain@Gmail.com or call my cell at (203) 249-4394. Letter bombs should be sent to my partner Frank Farricker, Lockwood & Mead Realty, 6 W. Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830.

65 responses to “About Me – Snoutfair Spermologer to the World!

  1. Ethel the Pirate

    Hey Chris-
    Saw you quoted this weekend in the NYT. Keep up the good work!!!

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. steve lockton

    Chris, Some newspapers have metioned that FairfieldGreenwich lost 7 billion out of 14 that they had invested. I believe the 14 included monies from their Swiss afiliate which just successfully annulled the deal. So the most amazing part of the story is that they diversified by giving 100% of their funds to Madoff and it is all gone?

  3. Anonymous

    Thought you might be interested to learn how Kathy Fuld is spending her time these days:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2008-12-15/shopping-in-secret/1/

  4. http://www.savethebeesshirts.com

    I stumbled into you reading about the Madoff mess. I am curious. Anyway… just interested.. I also dabble in writing, and of course also have that great book the next one, which will work (perhaps)

    Jay

  5. InfoDiva

    The Archimedes Group spec house at 45 Upland Drive (see http://www.archimedesbuilders.com/_media/images/projects/residential/upland/gallery.html )

    which, as far as I know, was a see-through last week, is the site of a big, festive, valet-parked affair tonight. Not sure if this particular place is actually rented now, but the party gave me an idea: Spec builders could market their empty projects as spectacular venues for private events.

    A little rented furniture, a few family photos on the mantle–and who’s to know that you don’t live like this every day of the year?

  6. InfoDiva

    I answered my own question…a quick Google search revealed that 45 Upland’s spec builder has already taken advantage of my idea:
    http://www.ifiservices.com/

    They’re holding an auction to benefit the Greenwich YWCA there.

    Hope the masses don’t scratch the Brazilian cherry floors.

  7. InfoDiva

    How long before we hear this bit of bragging on the pickup lines at Brunswick and GA?

    http://clusterstock.alleyinsider.com/2008/12/getting-ripped-off-by-madoff-the-new-status-symbol

  8. Back Country

    Thought this was spot on and maybe a good addition to your excellent commentary.

    Cheers!

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1319520/2009_new_years_resolutions_for_greenwich.html?cat=2

  9. TonyC

    I’m not sure if you saw this. The Town of Fairfield lost $42m of it’s pension investments to Madoff. A friend of mine in Fairfield told me that it looks like Fairfield will need to raise property taxes to cover the pension shortfall.

    See link to story.
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,468824,00.html

    • Pensions. Ever think that what will cause a majority to kick on over to the commie ideal will be that non-govt workers jobs and pensions vanished and the loosers will be responsible for paying the pensions of govt workers out of …. well, what? property taxes. So govt workers keep pre-2001/crash retirement wages on the backs of people being kicked into the street.

      nother thought, I really enjoyed finding your posts on the white plains paper people, but if you really want something to come of your anger over their misdeed of posting maps to private persons homes as though they had done terrible things…. organize a systematic boycott against the papers advertisers. Otherwise all the dustup is just making them money for endangering innocent people while their double speak says they are trying to do something good. bravo anyway – found your post hilarious. By the by – get any screen shots of dear Janet’s interior pics? Zillow has deleted them.

  10. Mike Mahoney

    Read Yohoo, Anybody Home.
    Just imagine this. People stop paying their mortgages and no one can prove they(whoever the bank is) holds a title to the place. The occupants then exert squatters rights under common law.
    Hee!

  11. Mike Mahoney

    Criminy, I forgot to ask. If an occupant deserts a property; just up and leaves town and nobody knows who holds the title, who pays property taxes?

    • christopherfountain

      It remains unpaid, if no lender steps forward to claim it and will be a lien on the property until it is sold. Could you cut a deal with the town? Probably _ I’m sure Greenwich will soon be glad to see properties get off the delinquent list and back on active.

    • christopherfountain

      Info Diva – thanks for the heads up – as I just posted, turns out this donation of an acre to the Land Trust was always part of the plan so it doesn’t affect the sellers’ pricing decision. I wonder whether such a donation is wise? I’ll have to think about that.

  12. Riversider

    Chris,
    Did you see the Bloomberg article on Greenwich home prices (see link below)? Nothing new. Logical arguments for a housing rebound are exhausted and now what is left is silly misplaced hope as seen in quote from a Prudential Broker, “As sales people, you’ve got to be optimistic,” Cooke said. “I think today, with Inauguration Day and a new president, I hope it has some effect on it.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601213&sid=apf6TnGkqjzk&refer=home

  13. Yuvensius

    Hmm…nice writing. I am learning myself on how to write a good blog myself

  14. used to live in CT. can’t say I miss the cold weather!

  15. Old Coot

    Just found you via Instapundit. You’re now bookmarked…good stuff.

  16. Tipster

    Check out Matthew Brown’s older brother. If I am thinking of the right person (which I may, or may not be), I believe he was involved in an art forgery scam some time in the 90’s back in southern California.

  17. Blind Brook

    Saw Walter at Round Hill tonight. No alzheimers evident. Mrs. is in Palm Beach. Not being very well received I am told. Selling the house in South Hampton. Not homesteading the PB house which is under renovation. Wouldn’t look good.

  18. BackCountryLover

    Love your blog. How would you price the same house if it was located close to town rather than in back country? Thanks!

  19. Susan Roper

    Chris – what’s going on with the apparent tear down at 425 North Maple?
    Thanks….
    Arnie

  20. Anonymous

    I argue the Jewish Democrat thing all the time. Lots of complexity here but the auto-Dem vote makes no sense. Some Dems are great on the issue..even Pelosi and Hoyer etc.
    Hope these auto-Dems enjoy “Congessman” Baron as he says stuff about Israel that is truly offensive. But hey they loved FDR as he sent Jews back to gas chambers that arrived (on the St Louis) while his State Dept. did its utmost to keep Jews out.

  21. Eat Pray Fight

    Follow up on Tina Pray and her TV debut on Bravo. Impressive stuff.

    http://www.bravotv.com/miss-advised/season-1/blogs/amy-laurent/dr-jeckyll-and-ms-hyde

  22. Tony Riverside

    Two brothers getting into a scuffle and a boyfriend/girlfrien shoving match. When I was growing up, this was called entertainment . . .not a police matter. Absolutely crazy home police get involved in minor domestic disputes. July 30, 2012 Greenwich Time

    http://www.greenwichtime.com/policereports/article/Greenwich-man-faces-child-porn-charge-3747589.php#photo-3259475

    Two teenage brothers were charged with third-degree assault July 23 after they got in a fight at their home, police said.
    Police received a 911 call from the mother of two juveniles, 15 and 17 years old, and upon arriving at the residence found both boys were separated and calm but had bruises on their faces, police said.
    The mother and daughter said the boys got into an argument which escalated into them punching each other, police said.
    Both are scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford, Juvenile Matters, July 31.

    Police responded to the area of 621 W. Putnam Ave. early Sunday morning on the report of a male and female yelling at each other and, upon arrival, located two people identified as boyfriend and girlfriend.
    Both admitted to having a heated argument, which culminated in a shoving match, inside their apartment, police said. The argument continued outside, police said.
    Both were issued misdemeanor summonses for disorderly conduct and were released on promises to appear. They were scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford Monday.

  23. TJ Green

    I read the article about the jounalist that posted the names and addresses of gun permit holders in the paper in NY. I like that you posted the reporter’s name, address, and phone number on here. Serves him right. Just because some has a permits sould not give anyone the right to invade my privacy. However, maybe someone who lives there should thank him. I’ll bet most burglers with avoid those homes in their future endevors. At least they should avoid mine.

  24. As a Life Endowment Member of the NRA I thank you for the release of
    the names and address of the idiots that posted the names and addresses
    of all of the permit holders.
    I just wonder how many of them also have a permit ???

  25. Kudos sir for the defense of the legal gun owners. Keep up the fight.

  26. Anonymous

    Your blog is horrifying, as are all the people posting on it. The Journal News is just doing its job. You people are insane! Do you learn nothing from the tragedy in Newtown?

  27. jj

    I’m not sure what you’ve accomplished here, except to make the world a less civil place. Two wrongs don’t make a right. I suspect you celebrated Christmas, this year. You might have considered “turning the other cheek” instead of a revenge move you took on the journalist. If this escalates to someone making threats against them, that is on you. (just them same as if someone makes threats against the published gun owners, it is on them) If you don’t like gun owner’s names being public, work to change the law.

    • Don Laird

      Forgive my intemperance…..

      But in response to your insipid, whining drivel…..allow me to quote my recent clutch of birthday candles….

      BLOW ME!!!

      Regards and boundless civility…..Don Laird
      Edson, Alberta, Canada

  28. Don Laird

    You Sir!!!…..are a God!!!

    Thank you for your defence of decency, propriety and commonsense!!!

    Regards, Don Laird
    Edson, Alberta, Canada

  29. Hey look I'm Anonymous too!

    Keep up the good work sir!!!!! The people “horrified” that you would post information about the reporters “doing their job” are the reason the country is as whacked out as it is. Reporters need to consider their responsibility to society instead of acting like a mouthpiece for a leftist agenda.

  30. DKK

    hi Chris- Keep up the great work!
    Say, I would like to post on the Journal News thread again- I have a link that I think you would really like. It is an interactive google map of the names, addresses and contact info for the Journal News publisher, editor, and reporters. Here it is, fyi- https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=201650905593228814533.0004d1c39ceef0f9f292a&gl=us&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=40.96953,-73.855591&spn=0.379541,0.222049&t=m&source=embed

  31. armonk

    You are a brand name. A prospective Greenwich home buyer on Craigslist states that he is knowledgeable because he reads your blog.

    http://newyork.craigslist.org/fct/reo/3547290763.html

  32. anon

    Wondering what ever happened to the white headed perv, william goodman ivey who was arrested in August. Saw him smiling and walking on the avenue. Were the charges dropped? He is a neighbor!

  33. coolcatteacher

    Christopher. Your article on Suzie Nestico is unprofessional and misguided. Do you honestly believe everything the media says? I can’t comment on that post, but what does calling her a “slut” have to do with anything she does professionally. I consider myself a conservative but what you’ve said about her doesn’t hold water and it is rude and unprofessional.

    Principals aren’t allowed to tell their side, the only side you got was that of the lawyer, Robin Ficker, if you dug deeper, you’d see that he’s a well known heckler in the NBA. If a child – even a 5 year old – goes to the bus stop and threatens to shoot another, she is required to look into it. Because the parents SAY the child was questioned for 3 hours doesn’t mean it – what they are saying is that they were called around 11 am and found out about it.

    You can say what you want about what the news media SAYS but what you’ve done has gone way over the line to unprofessionalism and bullying. You have called her things that she isn’t and encouraged that from your commenters. I did call her and ask her about it – she can’t comment on the article, but I know Suzie and she says the article is completely untrue.

    Do you ever think if something is too ridiculous to be true that it is? Do you ever think there are two sides? Do you know that there are “Republicans” and “Democrats” involved in this situation and this isn’t some conspiracy?

    No, because it is a sensational story and you just had to jump on the bandwagon. Get your facts straight and don’t call women “sluts” because you don’t agree with them. I’m furious.

  34. barbara Clay, Attorney at Law

    now i can call the police and get a restaining order

  35. Anonymous

    Deed: Noels sell North End home for $6.6M
    California couple buys renovated house on Tangier Avenue
    http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/news/national/deed-noels-sell-north-end-home-for-66m/nWxfN/

  36. Isabelle Catino

    Chris, any advice for what abutting condo owners can do to enforce RESPONSIBLE redevelopment of the old Crucitti Florist site in OG? Current proposal has 2 stores, 4 apartments, 26 parking spaces & loop driveway exiting at both Post Rd. & teeny Old Kings Hwy – a real mess.

  37. Former BOE member

    Chris,
    Peter Von Braun wrote a LTE that just posted on GT. He talks about being bullied ( him and Sherr ) by the RTC and former PTAC president Sue Rogers. Politics in Greenwich and what it has become. Great letter. Can you post it. We need to do what we can to elect Sherr. Paldunas has been forced to condemn Sherr at all cost. He really betrayed him. Stabbed him right in the back.

  38. madison

    Loved your article today in NYT.
    What amazed me was the guy who went to jail, had assets of $20 million, a garage full of high-end sports cars and a house in Greenwich.
    I bought an Aston Martin DBS in a spur of the moment madness and drove it for 3 years. Loved it! I live in Manhattan and am well off. But I couldn’t keep the car. It became a financial liability. $20 million isn’t that much money these days, if you have so much overhead. No wonder the guy went to jail!

    • I had a good friend who, after making a decent pile on Wall Street, finally bought the Ferrari he’d dreamed of for years. It was fun for a couple of weeks and then he got his first insurance bill, rated to reflect the fact that he had two teenaged sons, even though they lived with their mother. The car was sold and my friend returned to yacht racing; when you can effect an economy by doing that, you know how expensive cars can be.
      My friend has since passed on, but he never had to go to prison.

  39. Greg

    Lived in new Canaan, worked in Greenwich 20 yrs ago. Read your article in NYT’s. Never followed a blog and not sure how to do it. But I’ll figure it out, look forward to reading it .

  40. Anonymous

    congrats on ny times…now you have the eye and ear of the world..use it!and maybe psycho marie michelle will get her just reward

  41. Clifford Huxtable

    Great ARTICLE on Sept 3, 2013 on convicted scammer Alex Mascioli, a local Greenwich dirtbag, you called it! here is the karma: just got busted for his scam by the SEC.
    http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202647599831

  42. Clifford Huxtable

    Following up to the skinny on Greenwich wanna be Alex Mascioli:
    I think he did the same thing with Saab but has not been caught.

    The Securities and Exchange Commission has settled securities fraud charges against Alexander Mascioli and his “alter-ego”—North Street Capital—for making a fraudulent offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Winnebago Industries Inc., according to Thomas Gorman, a partner at Dorsey & Whitney who focuses on defending SEC, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and other regulatory investigations.
    Mascioli of Greenwich, Conn. set up NSC as a hedge fund in June 2011, and also launched an accompanying website, which was rife with false information.
    “NSC’s website emphasized NSC’s specialization in leveraged buyouts (“LBO”) even though NSC had never participated in an LBO,” the SEC complaint reads. “NSC’s website also included statements that its core markets were automotive, consumer retail, and business services, even though NSC had not engaged in a single transaction in any of those markets.”
    On April 10, 2012, Mascioli telephoned Winnebago’s then-general counsel, making an offer on behalf of NSC to acquire all outstanding Winnebago shares. He then followed up with an offer letter, on NSC company letterhead, stating the hedge fund’s desire to purchase the stock for $10.25 per share, or just short of $300 million in total.
    Following a back and forth between the two parties over NSC’s ability to complete the transaction, Winnebago ultimately rejected the offer. In the meantime, Mascioli had made several efforts to enlist a financial backer, but to no avail, Gorman reports.
    Undeterred, Mascioli and NSC sent a second offer letter on May 9 with improved terms, offering to purchase the shares in cash for $11 per share, or around $321 million in total.
    “In the May 9, 2012 offer letter, Mascioli wrote on behalf of NSC that its offer was not conditioned on any financing requirements, that NSC was prepared to move forward immediately, and that NSC could complete the process in approximately two weeks,” the SEC complaint reads. “Mascioli and, through him, NSC knew or were reckless in not knowing that each of these statements was materially false and misleading.”
    Mascioli’s and NSC’s financial situation, the complaint goes on to say, remained unchanged. Neither had assets and they were unable to go through with the deal without financing from a third party.
    On May 17, 2012, before receiving a response, Mascioli sent a copy of the second offer letter to Bloomberg which, according to a SEC press release, had been altered to look like an NSC press release. Bloomberg published the letter on its website, which caused Winnebago’s stock price and trading volume to sky-rocket, Gorman reports.
    When trading opened on May 18, Winnebago stock had increased almost 15 percent, and almost 700,000 shares had been traded in pre-market trading in a startling contrast to the very low volume over the previous four trading days.
    Winnebago notified the NYSE prior to the open, and trading was halted for an hour while the company issued a press release stating that the NSC offer was “highly conditional,” according to the SEC complaint. A New York hedge fund had decided to cover the majority of a large short position it held in Winnebago and incurred a loss in the process.
    Mascioli and NSC have received sanctions from the SEC, including an order to pay, jointly and severally, a $100,000 civil penalty. Mascioli has also been barred from serving as an officer or director of a public company, Gorman reports.

  43. Anonymous

    Click here: Palm Beach Today International you will die laughing at Mrs. Heinemann’s new etiquette column..she is a “doyenne” now

  44. Tony

    Chris
    There is an interesting article on Hot Air concerning the IRS- Issa-Cummings
    matter. Looks like, if true, Cummings may have some egg on his face.
    Just an interesting heads-up
    Tony

  45. Anonymous

    I am beyond thrilled to see you exposing Michelle-Marie Heinemann for the disgusting, dishonest, awful person she is. I was unfortunate enough to be in her company on 3 occasions & I wanted to vomit every time. Everyone realizes what a joke she is & how much of an ass she makes out of herself except her!!!

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