One of Mayor Rick Kriseman's top aides finds buyer for vacant home
After abandoning his home last summer, one of Mayor Rick Kriseman's top aides found a potential buyer for his 96-year-old property.
David Flintom, recently hired by Kriseman to lead the Mayor's Action Center, found a buyer for his house four days after it hit the market on Jan. 5. The home on Bayside Drive S drew attention last month for an unpaid utility bill and liens and fees for an overgrown lawn.
The asking price for the short-sale listing is $60,000, listing data shows. The sale is expected to close in August.
"It was priced based on conditions," said Realtor Michael Bindman. "It's in need of some repairs."
Bindman said he knows the buyer and described the person as an "owner occupant and not a flipper."
Flintom, 43, vacated the home and moved to a Tampa apartment last year. He expected the lender to seize the home in foreclosure. But it didn't. The home then racked up fines with St. Petersburg's codes department.
In late December, Flinton, who now earns $70,000 a year, paid a $240 overdue utility bill. He said the city agreed to waive another $369 in liens and fees for his overgrown lawn. He also fixed a broken fence that code inspectors complained about.
Flintom said he never received notices of the final utility bill or the codes complaints because St. Petersburg officials did not put an apartment number on his address. Records released by the city confirmed that.
He paid $132,900 for the home in 2003 and also tried selling it for $249,975 in 2008.
Flintom was Kriseman's district legislative aide in the Florida House, a position he also held with state Rep. Dwight Dudley. Before that, he worked in the customer service industry for Continental Airlines, MCI Telecommunications and Amazon.com.