EXTREME MAKEOVER- HOME EDITION are these people crazy?

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  1. Dec 9, 2011 #1 of 63
    gastrof

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    Something struck me tonight that I've thought of before-

    The homes they provide these people with... Who's going to take care of them? Who's going to pay THE ELECTRIC BILL?

    The family tonight, they gave them this crazy cathedral ceiling, with light fixtures all over it of various sizes.

    In one of the kid's rooms, they put blown glass flowers all over the wall. Who's gonna dust those things?

    There are other elements of the new home that's just too over the top.

    I can see them giving people something better than they had, and in many cases the house is designed to accomodate a family member with a special need, but to give people something so...well...EXTREME, it just can't be good for them.

    Has anyone else ever thought this way?

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  2. Dec 9, 2011 #2 of 63
    LoadStar

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    All the time, one reason I stopped watching the show long ago. I hated that somewhere along the way they switched from doing very, very nice renovations of the recipient's home, to tearing down the home and building a stupidly unrealistic McMansion in it's place that the owner probably would never be able to maintain on their own and shouldn't be saddled with.

    I also hate that when they do a kid's room, it's almost always this overly elaborate, extremely age and gender specific theme room, one the kid is probably going to hate in about a year or two.
     
  3. Dec 9, 2011 #3 of 63
    Alfer

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    What's also is amusing (as mentioned above) is when the go to a house that is obviously in a very run down part of town and build this over the top oversized mini mansion where the old house once was yet all the neighboring houses look like their houses will fall to the ground during the next wind storm.

    I wonder how many deadbeats have tried to break into some of these places seeing that many of the houses they build have plasma TV's etc throughout the house.
     
  4. Dec 9, 2011 #4 of 63
    Donbadabon

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    I agree. I like the idea behind the show, but they go waaay overboard.
     
  5. wendiness1

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    And I'll bet they're tough to sell as well. Yeah, this is why I stopped watching.
     
  6. paracelsus

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    Yeah, they came in and renovated a local house with a special needs child several years ago. Family couldn't afford the increased property taxes and increased utility bills that came with the reno. I know they had some sort of organized fundraiser for the family to help them pay their bills, but am unsure if the family has been successful keeping the house.
     
  7. justen_m

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    There was one of these up in Sandpoint. Did you get local coverage?

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2004428832_webmakeoverhouse21m.html
    "A Sandpoint man whose family received a house from the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" television program is putting it up for sale.
    Eric Hebert said maintaining the home is too expensive and time-consuming as he raises his late sister's 11-year-old twins, Keely and Tyler."

    Unfortunately, looks like he wasn't able to sell it. A more recent article, below, shows it has been foreclosed.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304017404575165840903285032.html
    "Realty Check: 'Extreme Makeover' Downsizes Its Dream Homes
    Producers of Hit TV Show See Bad Loans, Dashed Dreams, Default"

    "The house at 10512 Baldy Mountain Rd. in Sandpoint, Idaho, looks like just another vacant foreclosed home. Some appliances, a bathroom mirror and even the hot tub are missing. The dining room of the three-bedroom house has water damage.

    But this isn't your run-of-the-mill problem house. Call it an Extreme Foreclosure. The 3,678-square-foot McMansion is a product of the popular "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" reality television show. It isn't the only "Extreme" home to fall on hard times."
     
  8. DavidTigerFan

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    I think there have been multiple instances of the people not affording the taxes/insurance and lost the home. Supposedly EHM was going to help fix this.
     
  9. LoadStar

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    They also promised a season or two ago to scale back the sizes of their builds... then promptly built another 8000 sq. ft. monstrosity. That's about the time I bailed.
     
  10. Graymalkin

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    The show's producers are like the government -- they love to throw money to build sexy new infrastructure. But maintenance and upkeep doesn't make for a great photo op, so they stint on that spending and eventually something falls down -- and they start planning the photo-friendly (and corruption-magnetic) replacements.
     
  11. Cearbhaill

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    Eh, it's a TV show.
    Selling commercial time and using sponsored products are their concerns, not post show practicality.
     
  12. wendiness1

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    Yes, I heard it was too much for them but I didn't hear about the foreclosure.
     
  13. gastrof

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    That's very interesting.

    They "give" the people a house that can later be foreclosed on?

    Sounds like there was a mortage attached to this "gift" house.

    That's pretty stinky.

    But it's also the lives and HOMES of real people.

    They at least had a home before, and thanks to this "kindness" on the part of the show and network, they end up losing their home?

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  14. Cearbhaill

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    Hey, it's not me playing fast and loose with their lives.
    Tell it to the showrunners.
     
  15. SullyND

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    Isn't it the pre-existing mortgage that gets foreclosed on?
     
  16. JimSpence

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    Many times it's stated that the current mortgage is paid off, but that still leaves the taxes and utilities to pay for, not to mention the upkeep (as mentioned earlier). And, who's the wage earner?

    At least on the latest episode they also fixed up the neighborhood.
     
  17. Zevida

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    Not exactly. I lost my sympathy for the homeowner in the last sentence of the article. He was given a house then treated it like a cash cow. He voluntarily took out a mortgage in order to get cash out of his new house. Then he couldn't make the payments, hence the foreclosure. Maybe he had extenuating circumstances, who knows, but being given a gift home then using it to get cash isn't a great idea.
     
  18. RandomTask

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    In this case, I agree but the real truth is that most of the people end up taking mortgages to pay the gift taxes and operating costs. They're the real victims in this fake feel good tv show.
     
  19. zalusky

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    Thats one of the dirty little secrets on This Old House. A lot of stuff is donated or given at a discount for the show. The owners get stuck with a big 1099.
     
  20. RandomTask

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    There is s huge difference. They take an ungodly expensive house and make it obscenely expensive. I liked ton better when they took modest houses and fixed them up. TOH today has no relation to how it started. Even the length is messed up. Since they edit them down to 23 for commercial tv, the now make the episodes 23 minutes and put 7 minutes of sponsor ads. Plus have the segment are about how some subcontractor did something that they donated to the house which is really another add. Unless Tommy, Rich or Norm are on screen, I assume Kevin is just doing another ad.
     

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