Man Moves Into $3 Million Florida Mansion That's Not His & May Get to Stay There

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As much of the country suffers through Artic temps right now, many of us are thinking, Wouldn't it be nice to have a home somewhere warm? Yeah, like maybe Florida. And, hey, not just any home. But how about a $3 million mansion right on the water? Now we're talking! But most of us don't have a few million to spare. But don't let that stop you! 23-year-old Andre Barbosa certainly didn't. When he found an empty stucco mansion in Boca Raton, FL, he moved right in. Never mind that it didn't belong to him. He knew how to get around that. A smarter drifter you will never find.

The palatial five-bedroom, six-bathroom, 8000-square-foot home was just sittin' there looking all, C'mere, live in me, when Andre spotted it after it went into foreclosure. The mansion is steps from the marina, and boasts a gourmet kitchen, a spiral staircase, and palm trees in the yard.

The savvy Brazilian was up on his obscure squatting laws, so he moved in (no doubt taking the best bedroom in the place), and put up a sign that apparently lets him stay there for as long as he likes. Hell, the place might even eventually belong to him!

First, Barbosa informed the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser's Office that he'd be moving in. Then he was wily enough not to let anyone see him breaking in, otherwise he could have been charged with breaking and entering. Once he was ensconsed in his new manse, he put up a notice declaring himself "Living beneficiary to the Divine Estate being superior of commerce and usury," (err, heh?) along with a copy of something called the Adverse Possession law.

Cops were called to the manse by irate neighbors, but when Barbosa presented them with these documents, they left. The Bank of America, which reportedly holds the mortgage, hasn't done anything yet.

If Barbosa can manage stay in the house for seven years ... well, it could be his! Genius, right? The mansion is currently listed for sale. I hope potential buyers don't mind that the place might come with a "roommate." Though this could make an awesome reality show.

Shouldn't we all just go grab an empty mansion?

Editor's note: Now the property is being listed as not for sale. Score: Andre.


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nonmember avatar Shannon

As soon as the house is sold, the new owner can toss him out on his keister, papers or not.

Heath... HeatherMazzone

Just another example of what's wrong with this country. He should be in jail right now. How ridiculous.

jessy... jessyroos

I think this is hilarious! If what he has done is legal, then why not? If it's true that once a new person buys the house, they can evict him, than I hope he doesn't put up a fight, but until that point, good for this guy for taking advantage of what he is legally allowed to do!

bills... billsfan1104

Shannon, no they cant.  THey have to hire a lawyer and get him evicted.  Its a long legal process.  THe banks have several situations that this has happened.  One realtor that I worked with, it took over a year to get a squater out.

nonmember avatar LizzieBorden

I wonder if AZ has similar laws because I'd sure like a new casa.

jessi... jessicasmom1

hhahahah I like it .. no doubt I know someone very close to me that has done this such thing

Katy Khan

The blogger isn't giving all the facts. BOA IS dong something about it but it's a process and this guy isn't 'savvy', the 'notices' he put up are full of incoherent babble. Also, he isn't the only one squatting there and police believe he's simply a patsy .


He would have to pay the prop tax on the place.

GirlN... GirlNamedBillie

It's worth $2,270,356 and the listing states that it's currently not for sale.....just browse through pages do ya?

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