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Extreme Makeover Home Edition: Another Home in Foreclosure

February 19, 2009 06:00 PM by Paulene Hinds


The hit reality TV show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is in its sixth season on ABC. The show that rebuilds homes for families that are struggling or in the grips of hardship is being criticised once again as another family who was featured on the show is in foreclosure.

Eric Hebert had to put his home up for sale last year because he couldn’t keep up with the utility bills and the fact that the economy had become so dismal. The 3,678-square-foot home was listed for $529,000 in May 2008, when EricHebert firstput it up for sale, but the current asking price is $449,000, according to its listing on the Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby’s International Web site.

Since putting the home on the market, Eric Hebert has used the home as collateral on a defaulted bank loan in the sum of $396,145.

The home was built by the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team and a group of community volunteers in 2005. Eric Hebert whois a bachelor, had been raising his late sister’s 11 year old twins and living in a make-shift berm house before theExtreme Makeover Home Edition teamcame in to rescue him.

Eric Hebert’s home is among a growing number of Extreme Makeover: Home Editionhomes to become thesubject of foreclosure proceedings.

Last summer, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that a couple lost their Lake City, Georgia home after using it as a collateral for a $450,000 loan which fell into arrears. Also, a couple in Oak Park, Michigan were facing foreclosure of their home partly because a refinanced mortgage caused their payments to soar, the Macomb Daily reported in December of last year. The Associated Presshowever, reportedearlier this month, that the loan was renegotiated to give the family a better chance at keeping the home.

With all of the criticism and reports of financial distress being caused by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will ABC rethink the set up of their show and begin to build homes that are more appropriate for today’s times? Their intent in the first place is to financially help the families they come in to save, so it would just make more sense to revamp the show and begin to make realistic homes for the families that they will be able to enjoy for a lifetime, not just a few years!

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6 Responses to “Extreme Makeover Home Edition: Another Home in Foreclosure”

  1. Centauri-A4 Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Maybe ownership and title should never be turned over to these people so they can’t get loans that they should know they have no ability to repay. All three of your examples were self-inflicted.

    On what income did they think they could repay a $396k and $450k loan?

    It isn’t the show’s fault that these slackjaws abused a gift they didn’t earn.

  2. HelenM Says:
    September 15th, 2009 at 12:12 am

    I agree completely with Cenauri-A4.

    It sounds to me like the family in Michigan bought into the variable rate loans that many families got into, and couldn’t afford. Thats what started this whole forclosure/housing crash in the first place.

    Many of the shows also raised money for people who had makeovers and even payed off thier mortgages for them. The show, as far as I can tell is trying thier very best to help people out, but even their resources are not limitless. People need common sense also.

  3. SteveA Says:
    April 21st, 2010 at 11:35 am

    This article makes my stomach turn. Pauline, why don’t you just say what you’re implying: in America, individuals should be personally responsible for nothing.

    Extreme Makeover HE is one of the EXTREMELY few TV programs that actually inspires. It does something good. It consistently demonstrates how any of us can truly, “be of service to other people.” It demonstrates leadership & teamwork, and it helps to make the world a better place.

    To suggest the show is somehow to blame for the greedy and extremely foolish decisions of a few lucky recipients of the show’s good fortune is tragic. I’m sure you mean well, but you miss the irrefutable point that in your world of no individual accountability, the vast majority of EMHE families would receive less in order to “protect” the very few abusers from themselves.

    No society rules or limitations can ever adequately protect an individual from his or her own bad decisions. To do so dehumanizes us, which is the biggest tragedy of all.

  4. larsenk83 Says:
    May 23rd, 2010 at 8:38 am

    This is missing a major point, they need to remover the “extreme” part of this title. In most cases they offer much more than these family s need, almost as if they have the same budget for a three person family as they do a 10 person family. yes. They do need a larger home for the 20+ kids that they have adopted and advertised so well on t.v. as a way to pat there back. (that is my personal thought on few reruns I’ve seen) But don’t adopt if you don’t have the room or funding, and HELLO EMHE, Maybe the family of three would be just as happy with a three bed one bath Plain house. lets not get the insane house to those that are just scraping by as it is. I have a friend that was lucky enough to be able to get a home with habitat for humanity… his house was smaller than my apartment, but it was perfect for him his wife and there two new daughters. and he was able to pay his bills with his McDonald pay and still had his wife in school.

    Maybe you should take a few pointers EMHE… Habitat, SHARE, No place like home, I’m sure you can look them up with all your well paid staff that you have on your show. that what happens with the privileged who get paid to make shows like this…its ok America. we will take care of you one family at a time, as long as you are sick or willing to exploit family issues. let make movie magic.

  5. goutie Says:
    May 18th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Sure, make the homes a little less EXTREME, for those people who look like they can’t handle bills, but plenty of recipients were responsible enough and are living in the homes and enjoying the luxuries with their families. I am happy for them. You are right, it is an inspiring show. The 3 families who messed up their gifts should have had some financial counseling, but ultimately they still might have done the greedy thing and pulled money out of the homes for stupid reasons. Both the Atl idiots and Eric H. used $ to start businesses that had to do with construction…in this economy. Fail. Google the Harpers, their story will depress and enrage you. They are worse than Eric H. An Idaho family has 2 deaf parents and a blind/autistic son. Their foreclosure was saved by donations from the community. However, they did not pull $ out for business investments, I think the dad lost his job and the rate shot up on the existing.

  6. Paula Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    This is such a misleading story. The show is NOT to blame for their hardships..THEY are to blame. The show did not tell them to take out these ridiculous loans. I get so sick and tired of the media making horrible statements that are untrue. This is one of the reasons the housing market fell. Americans spend so much time trying to LOOK like they have more thna they actually do.


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