HUD Secretary Ben Carson sells West Palm Beach house after mold fix

Ben Carson and Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in March. Photo by Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach Daily News

Ben Carson, President Donald Trump’s housing secretary, sold his house in Ibis Country Club for $920,000, listing agent Arthur Martens of Engel & Volkers said Thursday.

Carson had been asking $1.2 million for the 7,800-square-foot home in West Palm Beach. An inspection revealed that a roof leak caused a mold outbreak in the house, Martens said, and the buyer and Carson agreed to replace the roof. The leak apparently was there when Carson bought the house in 2013, Martens said.

Palm Beach County homes priced at more than $600,000 are moving slowly, Realtors say.

“The country club communities, especially Ibis, are still struggling,” Martens said.

Still, Carson — a former doctor turned author and politician — made a profit on the home. He paid $775,000 for the Ibis house in 2013. Ben and Lacena Carson last year paid $4.375 million for a larger house in Palm Beach Gardens.

The deed for the Ibis sale isn’t publicly available, but Martens said the deal closed Friday. The buyers, Stephen and Barbara Lustgarten, already owned a home in Ibis, he said.

 

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