Thursday, February 17, 2011

Foreclosure

It is impossible not to think about the families that lived in the houses we have been viewing. The majority of the homes currently on the market are either short sales or bank-owned properties that were the victims of foreclosure. The families that lived in most of these houses probably didn't want to leave. In some spaces, this is obvious.

Photobucket

Some homes have been stripped of every light and door fixture, every drawer, and every piece of wood. Some were damaged purposefully out of anger; others were sold piece by piece in an attempt to recover some of the losses, all by owners who used to adore and maintain these spaces.

Photobucket

This house, less than 10 years old, had been through so much in it's short abusive life span that we talked of restoring it the same way someone would talk about fixing a home three times as old.

What gets to me are the houses that have remnants of the family forced to leave. Shampoo bottles, pictures, random cupid sculptures. This particular house had some drawings made by a little girl in the corner of what was once her room.

Photobucket

I can't help but think about how sad that girl must have felt, to leave her space. I think about how hard it must have been on the parents, forced to give up on what may have been their dream home; forced to tell the children that they had to move.

I'm painfully aware that the only reason I can get a home anywhere near this nice is because other families are hurting. Homes in the area we're looking at have dropped in value by half or more. I am nothing more than an intruder on someone else's dreams, in someone else's house. This has been a humbling, bitter-sweet experience.

>Photobucket

Here's to a brighter future, for all who have been hit by this tough economy.

11 comments:

Sea Foam Bald said...

Try and stay away from the short sales... To much trouble with lenders/red tape.

melaniek said...

Very well said.

Losing Brownies said...

We went through that. We've had to forclose on our home, but we did not trash it or take anything that belong to the home. We just couldn't afford it when I left my job.

Laura's Busy Kitchen said...

So sad. I know a few people who have lost their homes. We bought a short sale a few years ago and it was a nightmare. Everything worked out in the end, but it was one of the more stressful events in my life.

Good luck finding a home to call your own and to add happy memories to.

SarahB said...

Those left-behind drawings make me especially sad. :( Bittersweet is a good word-- such a tough situation for someone else could turn out so good for you.

Warren Baldwin said...

These are tough times for many people. I agree with Sarah that 'bittersweet' is a tough word to describe this experience. I was impressed with your care and concern as you wrote about this. Good luck to you guys during this process. wb

Kristy said...

Geez, that is so sad.

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

:( I would be thinking the same as you. Those poor families. Count your blessings and that house looks amazing. Here there are still so few foreclosures and house prices are overly inflated. Hope you find your dream place!

Rachel said...

So sad! I can imagine it would be difficult to walk through those places with those remnants and thoughts. It gives a completely different perspective - thanks for sharing!

LisaDay said...

That is a sad post. My thoughts to those families, too. However, to damage your home purposely, I don't understand that.

LisaDay

Just Another MilSpouse said...

When we were buying our home a couple years ago we knew which school districts we wanted but the home prices were way out of our range. We began looking at houses that needed some work so the prices would be lower.

These houses that we looked at were in VERY bad shape. Some of them had been destroyed on purpose while others had just been vacant so long that they were falling apart. We were lucky to find a house that was in our price range AND in a top school district. We worked on the house for many months and there are still things that need to be taken care of but for the most part it's done.

I agree that it is bitter sweet, but I can't feel bad. If we didn't buy this house, someone else would have.

Good luck on your house hunting. I love the vaulted ceilings in the last pic.

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...