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Famous homeowners feeling the effects of the housing market

Even the rich and famous are having trouble selling their mansions in the current housing market.

Even the rich and famous are having trouble selling their mansions in the current housing market.

Candy Spelling, wife of the late Aaron Spelling and mother of actress Tori Spelling, was unable to find a buyer to meet her asking price when she sold her Holmby Hills mansion. Located in an upscale neighborhood of Los Angeles, the property was on the market for 28 months at $150 million, making it the most expensive private home ever listed in the United States.

USA Today reported that Spelling lowered her price on the 14-bedroom, 57,000-square-foot home to $85 million and sold it to Petra Ecclestone, the 22-year-old daughter of British billionaire Bernie Ecclestone. Spelling was able to recoup some of her losses by selling some of the home's artwork and furnishings for another $6 million to close the sale.

The housing market has negatively affected homeowners across the nation through dropping home values and a surplus of foreclosed properties flooding the market. Even high-end properties have experienced 50 percent or more losses in home equity, putting many celebrities in tight spots if they are looking to move, the source reported.

The latest Standard and Poor's/Case-Shiller Home Price Index found home prices, though very low due to the weak economy and high inventory of distressed properties, showed a 0.9 percent increase in July. But the report showed significant losses in home value across all price levels continue to hurt home equity for many homeowners, pushing borrowers closer to foreclosure.

Trulia reported that homes in Spelling's old neighborhood have an average listing price of around $5.1 million and a median sale price of about $1.2 million, which is a 14.7 percent drop compared to September 2010. In addition, only 82 properties have been sold in the area in 2011, a 19.6 percent decrease compared to last year.