Monday, June 08, 2009
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor recently submitted a 178-page questionnaire(.pdf) to the Senate Judiciary Committee with the page you see below about her personal finances.
Yes, you have to put commas where the vertical lines are...
Aside from the real estate and personal property, there's just $32,000 in assets which seems like a stunningly small amount for someone who makes a couple hundred grand a year. On the liabilities side is almost $37,000 in short-term debt which seems like a stunningly large amount for someone about to sit on the Supreme Court, that $15,000 dental bill perhaps being the reason why she smiles so much.
Of course, all of this is dwarfed by the only seven-figure line item above - the value of an apartment in Greenwich Village (or is it SoHo? I live in Oregon now, so I have even less of a clue if I just made some sort of a faux pas there).
After using WhitePages.com to get an address (try it - it's truly scary what you can get there), here's what you can find by typing that in over at Zillow.com:
The White Pages entry seems to be right (unique name with age and family members all lining up), so there's some real intrigue here about Ms. Sotomayor's valuation and that of Zillow.
At first it seemed a sure bet that the questionnaire valuation would be higher than what Zillow would produce given the declining real estate market and all homeowners' natural tendency to err on the high side, but then you look at the Zestimate and the "999 sqft" and you think that must be some kind of a typo.
Anyone from New York feel free to chime in here...
I'm not sure which seems more ridiculous from my vantage point, a spendthrift Supreme Court judge or an apartment less than 1000 square feet being worth either one million dollars or one-and-a-half million dollars in today's real estate market.