July 29, 2008

Extreme Foreclosure

Posted in News tagged , , , at 12:57 pm by Katharine Lackey

One of the massive homes built by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is going into foreclosure, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The Harper family took out a $450,000 loan using the house, which was built in January 2005, as collateral for a failed construction business.

Nearly 1,800 community members helped build the home, the largest Extreme Makeover had constructed, and raised $250,000 for the family to pay for their children’s college as well as home maintenance.

“It’s aggravating. It just makes you mad. You do that much work, and they just squander it,” Lake City Mayor Willie Oswalt, who helped vault a massive beam into place in the Harper’s living room, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

I’ve watched the show a few times and I always like when they help out families in desperate need of assistance — such as the family who’s child had a rare disease that didn’t allow her to properly regulate her body temperature — but I’ve always thought the homes were a little too big. While special designs are needed in some cases — take the family who’s husband and father was blinded after an accident — I don’t think you necessarily need to make the house so large in order to meet the families needs.

Perhaps if Extreme Makeover hadn’t made the Harpers house so large, just big enough to fit their needs, the family would not be going into foreclosure since they would not have been able to take out such a large loan — although the family could have used common sense to not take out such a loan in the first place.

The Washington Post also has an essay on the subject.


1 Comment »

  1. Noon said,

    Thanks! Really funny. Big ups!

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