Extreme Makeover Home Goes Into Foreclosure

Atlanta family unable to pay back bank loan
By Elizabeth Harmon,  Newser User
Posted Jul 29, 2008 8:41 PM CDT
Fairmont, WV resident Richard Turner, center, and his family pose for a photo with contractors outside their home Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007. ABC's "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" built them a new house.   (AP Photo/Dale Sparks)
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(Newser) – A house constructed for ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is up for auction after the owners lost the building to foreclosure. The Atlanta home, the biggest built on the show, was collateral for a now-overdue $450,000 loan. The foreclosure represents a comeuppance not only for its owners but for the country as a whole, writes Hank Stuever in the Washington Post.

"One thing we'll always remember about this decade was the constant home do-over fetish, in real life and in the reality of reality TV," writes Stuever, who goes on to urge the owners to submit to a makeover of their finances. "The schadenfreude potential is everywhere now in these newly sobered times." (Read more foreclosures stories.)