Josh Duggar’s dream house came to light during his child pornography case, so why are Anna and the kids staying with Jim Bob and Michelle?
When Josh Duggar was investigated on child pornography charges, things were going pretty well for the former 19 children and counting Star. He worked at a used car park and had purchased property with his wife Anna Duggar, a house that the two had extensive renovation plans and made their own. Only months later would Anna Duggar be living with the couple’s eight children on the estate of patriarch Jim Bob and his wife Michelle. So what happened?
First, evidence presented at a hearing before Josh Duggar’s child pornography trial mentioned that the former reality TV star was talking to federal agents about the ongoing renovation project. The featured audio included this comment Josh made about the house, as part of an interrogation the former TV personality was part of in November 2019.
The Arkansas house in question was obviously quite large and could have easily supported Anna and the children, so why aren’t they there anymore? Well, first and foremost, as the review itself notes, eldest son Duggar and his great offspring had previously stayed with Jim Bob and Michelle at least some of the time while renovations were underway in the House. Reports say they are staying on the property in a renovated warehouse adjacent to where the older Duggar parents live.
Interestingly, reports recently surfaced that the Springdale Arkansas home — the house Josh and Anna planned to use as their long-term home — actually went on the market in September 2020, some time before Duggar was even arrested for child pornography in April of 2021, but some time after it became known he was under investigation. The house was put on the market and sold for less than the asking price, according to a report published at The sunfor $450,000.
The Springdale, Arkansas home was originally listed for $799,000, but various reports say the home was a “shell” and still needed a major renovation and the sale price was not almost ask. Interestingly, the date the house hit the market came the same month in 2020 which reports broke that Josh Duggar’s Wholesale Motorcars business no longer existed and that Josh had moved in with his parents.
Obviously the car dealership investigation had an impact on Josh’s income and led to the closure of the business where the computer containing child pornography was found, but that also had an impact on the whole Duggar family. Previous reports indicated that after the cancellation of TLC counting on after Josh’s arrest, the Duggars lose a significant amount of revenue each month. This doesn’t just extend to Anna Duggar, who had appeared on the show, and it doesn’t just extend to Jim Bob and Michelle, but Jessa and the other kids appearing on TV were also very touched.
In fact, estimates indicate that the show’s revenue brought in the Duggars around $850,000 a year, which Jim Bob Duggar would have been “pissed off” about. Jessa Duggar Seewald and some of the other siblings are said to have combined that money with income streams like social media deals, money from YouTube channel ads and more.
Another thing that’s worth noting about this whole situation is that Jim Bob also recently sold a property for $46,000. We don’t know what this money is used for, but we have to remember that helping to take care of Anna and her eight children doesn’t come cheap. It’s also unclear what the legal fees to help Josh through his trial and the ongoing appeal process have cost – or will continue to cost.