Extreme Home Makeover House Foreclosed!

It took 1,800 people and six days to rebuild the Harper family's home in
ABC's 2005 "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

... but it took just one bad decision for the family to lose it all:

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 show's 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. [...]

ABC said in a statement that it advises each family to consult a financial planner after they get their new home. "Ultimately, financial matters are personal, and we work to respect the privacy of the families," the network said.

Some of the volunteers who helped build the home were less than thrilled about the family's financial decisions.

"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.

They need another Extreme Home Makeover, please! Link (Photo: ABC) - Thanks Geekazoid!


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Extreme Makeover's Fall 2010 Season is starting off with tremendous creativity, love and excitement!!

AMONG THE BEST PROGRAMMING ON T.V. You will cry, however.
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No two makeovers are alike. All makeover recipients do not receive the same outcome. Some do not get their mortgages paid up. Some do not get cash. Some get college scholarships. Some get cars, some do not. Some houses are elaborate, this depends on the contractor's input and family size and land issues. Because all makeovers are uniquely individual (not like a cash lottery), keep a balanced mind and remember that of the hundreds of families who win homes, a relatively low percentage of failures exist. The ratio of failure is small compared to the great job ABC has done to secure hundreds of families who have held on. Watching EMHE should teach our children compassion,in a troubled world. This is superior to alot of the junk they are consuming every week, via other media. In my opinion, the financial aspects do exists, however,the show's focus on teaching charity, wholesome values, dreams and answers to prayer is positive. Award winning EMHE continues to deliver!
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I agree with so many of you....this family obviously didn't manage their funds correctly....however, I strongly disagree that the regular joe working hard would be better served....look, the regular joe working hard does not compare to death, disablity or tradgedy that hits a family. That's just reality. That said, there are many families on Makeover that make me sick. They are clearly con artists with a dramatic story that should never be honored. I say stick to families going through the worst things, so when you spend that much money and help, it's for the cases that truly need it. Ie...families raising severely disabled kids, elderly parents with dementia, brain injured people who can't live anymore in a two story home....or injured military, fire, police, etc..who sacrifice for us all so we can live better. I say never waste your time with a family that isn't going through something very tough...it's not enough you lost a job or your home is run down, get over it....there are people with serious problems out here that would make much better stories...check out you tube under autism and self injury and see a family that goes through hell on a daily basis..i'm sure they could use help...though they never ask...and see others on you tube under brain injured, homeless war vets, tramatic events, etc....these are real issues warranting intervention and extra supports. The only HomeMakeOvers I've ever enjoyed feature the disabled , severely injured, and war vets. The families with an overweight wife who complains they don't have money, but who obviously is eating well, is a joke. or the father who is losing his home, but he's able bodied? And no adverse situation outside this has affected him or his family? C'mon. Don't insult the public.
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Wow my daughter and I were just discussing this very issue after watching the show. I expected that many would either loose the homes or just not be able to afford to keep them up etc. too many people do get caught up in thinking hey I would love for that to happen without thinking ahead to the upkeep costs and plain old operating costs to such homes. The wife and I have been fortunate enough recen tly to have been given a home by her grandfather in a wnderful neighborhood in Florida.
I gave up a job working for a really good friend of mine in Ohio making a good wage to move here for this gift. The taxes and insurance on a home of this value in an area where the insurance alone is too expensive for many moderate income families to afford a good policy is going to more expensive than rent alone that we were paying. Cost of living here is from what I see so far about 25 to 30% more and I am talking about the general things from gas to groceries.Wages here are for the most part about 25% less than back in Ohio.
I know most people will think well hey you wont have any heating bills but I wonder how many also think how much the electric bills are to run air conditioning year round !! Anyways now I have really went and posted alot of garb to read and this is a short post blog I know but too many people think on a short term basis.Just think people think. It is free and it is the most expensive thing not to do today!
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I think the "extremeness" of the show has gotten out of hand. The theme bedrooms and over all size of the homes is ridiculous. I agree that the extreme should be how many people they could help in a community instead of building the mansions they are currently building. I would even give them a month to work on a community instead of 7 days for one family then put an advisor in charge for a year instead of handing $100K to a family who hasn't been successful in financial matters. Think bigger ABC people!!
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