I saw this article today, its quite sad. But frankly I'm surprised this is the first family to lose their Extreme Home.
"More than 1,800 people showed up to help ABC's "Extreme Makeover" team demolish a family's decrepit home and replace it with a sparkling, four-bedroom mini-mansion in 2005.
Three years later, the reality TV shows most ambitious project at the time has become the latest victim of the foreclosure crisis.
After the Harper family used the two-story home as collateral for a $450,000 loan, it's set to go to auction on the steps of the Clayton County Courthouse Aug. 5. The couple did not return phone calls Monday, but told WSB-TV they received the loan for a construction business that failed."I work for a company that provided services to one family (not the one mentioned in the article) and what I heard was that the receiving family was getting a lot of harassment from the community as not being "deserving" of such a home. They were getting hate mail and everything.
Aside from that, he described the house as incredibly impractical. The tween girl's bedroom didn't even have a closet.
Aside from that, these homes are huge and the maintenance and taxes has to be astronomical. It seems like a great and wonderful thing to, I don't know how much sense it makes to take a shack into a mansion with all the bells and whistles.
But then again, if I could get out of teeny tiny condo into mansion, I probably wouldn't think much past the front door. Taxes and electricity might not even cross my mind until after the first bill.
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