Jerry Seinfeld Must Pay Up

Jerry Seinfeld's high-priced home is going to cost him more than he thought - about $100,000 more. A Manhattan judge has ruled that the comedian owes about that much as a commission to the broker who helped him find a townhouse on the Upper West Side that he and wife Jessica bought for $3.95 million in February 2005. Seinfeld had argued that the broker, Tamara Cohen, did not deserve the commission because she failed to show the West 82nd Street brownstone on the Jewish Sabbath, the day the Seinfelds wanted to see it. The Seinfelds looked at the house and made a deal to buy it without Cohen after they were unable to reach Cohen and she failed to return their calls. Cohen said she had told the Seinfelds she observed the Jewish Sabbath and could not work between Friday evening and sundown Saturday. But the Seinfelds told the court they did not know why Cohen did not return their calls. State Supreme Court Justice Rolando Accosta said "the evidence clearly indicates she served as the Seinfelds' real estate broker," and that she had shown them a number of residences before finding the townhouse. The judge also noted that Cohen had agreed with Maximillan Sanchez, the broker who listed the house for its owners, to split evenly a 5 percent or 6 percent fee, her half paid by the Seinfelds and his half paid by the owners of the house.