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Home Flipper to the Stars

Sued Over $16.5 Million Lemon

9/1/2011 3:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

L.A. real estate titan Sandy Gallin -- who has made untold millions selling homes to the likes of Frank Sinatra, Mark Burnett and Kenny G -- has been sued over a $16.5 million Bev Hills mansion he sold to one of the most powerful men in Hollywood.

The man going after Gallin is Roger Birnbaum -- the head of MGM Studios -- who bought a Gallin home in 2007 ... only to discover it had more leaks than Whoopi Goldberg after a Big Gulp.

FYI -- Gallin was one of the most powerful talent managers in Hollywood before abandoning entertainment to become the most powerful house flipper in town. Gallin used to rep everyone from Dolly Parton to Barbra Streisand and even Michael Jackson.

According to Birnbaum's lawsuit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, the house began to leak like a sieve last winter ... along with an unhealthy dose of dry rot, rust, and, worst of all, his wine storage room was severely damaged.

Birnbaum claims Gallin had a hand in the construction of the home -- and therefore, should be forced to pay the $500,000 in repairs and related costs to bring the mansion up to snuff.

Calls to Gallin have not been returned.


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Anyone buying property from a known flipper is a complete and total idiot. The chances of water and or structural damage is much greater. Why do you think they got these properties at such a cheap price. They went in and did minor cosmetic patches / enhancements. If you were stupid enough to go in and buy without a full inspection - you get what you deserve.

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Who's going to award him anything after living in the house for four years? He must have money to throw away to file a suit like this. If he wins there will be a massive flood of people filing lawsuits after four years for damages to their homes! This is ridiculous!

1150 days ago


The buyer must have had a home inspection or offered one prior to buying the home. The broker had no knowledge of this problem. The buyer lived in the property since 2007. If anyone, who's not a celebrity, brought this up years after living in their home it wouldn't matter. Fix the problem and move on. No way does this buyer have a leg to stand on. The judge will throw it out. There are so many disclosures the buyer had to sign prior to taking occupancy that the broker had signed to CYA.

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