By Rosalie Tirella
… homes by he and his wife, Lisa Weinberg.
Let’s start with a quote about Joe being a true man of the people!
Telegram & Gazette columnist/Joe O’Brien-p.r.-flak Dianne Williamson was so good at pumping up ol’ Joe in one of her recent columns that he featured her pukey prose on his political mailings/push cards. O’Brien, who is running for mayor of Worcester, after a mediocre stint on the Worcester School Committee (he fought to get teachers who were on maternity leave the ability to work part-time) sent these political cards to practically everyone in Worcester! The quote: “There’s no arguing that he’s a guy [O’Brien] who walks the walk. While he and his wife could afford nicer digs elsewhere … they’ve chosen to buy a home in the heart of Main South … .” – Dianne Williamson, T & G
Oh, puhlease, Dianne! Joe and Lisa are not “walking the walk,” they’re working the real estate system and getting breaks from everyone! Take their home at Oread Place – the Main South abode Williamson writes so lovingly about. When Joe and Lisa bought the house, they paid a lot less than what it’s worth. Only days after they payed $25,000 for the home from the Castle Street Neighborhood CDC, it was mortgaged by Joe O’Brien) and Lisa (Weinberg) for $82,650, courtesy of Bay State Savings Bank. The bank obviously valued the property at over tripple what O’Brien paid for it – only one week after he purchased it! Joe O’Brien was basically paid to buy the house! How many people are able to mortgage their house for more than three times what they paid for it immediately after the purchase?!!
Since the original mortgage of $82,650 in August of 2000, Joe O’Brien and Lisa Weinberg have been given an ADDITIONAL $269,000 in mortgages on that property by various banks over the last six years, some of which have been discharged. The most recent outstanding mortgage is one for $76,000 on June 22, 2007.
Now onto the O’Brien vacation home! Posh-a-rooni! On August 13, 2007, Joe O’Brien and Lisa Weinberg purchased a home in the Berkshires, at 87 Lake Road, in the town of Richmond, for $210,000.
Ahhhhhh, the beautiful Berkshires! I bet everyone in Main South vacations in the Berkshires! Tanglewood anyone? And get this! Governor Deval Patrick’s multi-million dollar mansion is near Joe and Lisa’s vacation home! Deval lives at 2871 State Road (in Richmond). Maybe they can all plot Joe’s gubernatorial campaign when Deval is forced to retire early.
O’Brien, man of the people, is really getting into real estate – and getting richer by the day! On June 6, 2009, Arthur Weinberg (Joe’s father-in-law?) purchased a condo. It’s at 67 Illinois Street, Unit 2-G, in Parkside Condominiums. The price? $72,000. Yup! Like you said in your political mailing, Joe, :”Times are tough … .”
For most people, Joe. Not for you and your wife Lisa. Two months later, on August 12 (2009) wifey Lisa was given the deed to the 67 Illinois Street property …. for the whopping price of $100 (that’s ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS!!!!) from Arthur Weinberg. (Who’s YOUR daddy, Lisa???)
Yup! Ya gotta love the O’Briens! I know they’re not “common.”