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Another Extreme Home Makeover Homeowner Struggles

Anyone would be beyond thrilled to call a six-bedroom Mediterranean style home their own, and former drug addict turned community charity founder Sadie Holmes was especially grateful the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team built her a home fitting that description. While they were at it, the team built an office for Sadie's charity adjacent to her home.

Sadie was all moved into her Florida home by February 2006, and a month later she was cleared to run a volunteer organization from her home office. The permit came with the caveat that prohibited "outside storage of any materials" unless they were hidden from view, and within months she incurred costly infractions for things like portable restrooms and abandoned vehicles.

A $29,000 lien was place on Sadie's house when she failed to show up on at least one occasion to plead her case to the code-enforcement board, and she risks losing her home if she can't come up with the money. The $29,000 is difficult for her to come up with because of her other expenses, like $3,000 for her charity's storage and $6,600 annual property taxes. Sadie plans on appealing her case.


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peachens1962 peachens1962 8 years
Maybe a financial planner for a two-year period would be a good fit for these folks.
aylee aylee 8 years
I agree with happsmjc
Katmandu6886 Katmandu6886 8 years
I don't know what this ladies problem is with the cars and stuff, but as for the show it does go overboard. They could help with giving nice comfortable homes that people could actually afford. you don't need 3 thousand or more sguare foot homes to be comfortable just nice looking, energy efficient, workable homes.
amers230 amers230 8 years
why on earth did she have broken down cars on her property, and not show up for her meeting? sorry, not much sympathy for her here. i agree that extreme makeover does probably go overboard, but it sounds like this was her own fault.
syako syako 8 years
I agree with everyone else. These problems she's in seem to stem from her own irresponsibility rather than the show's. And like everyone else said, it's a shame a few bad apples give a bad name to the project as a whole...
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
Cases like these really make me angry! First, the show has rebuilt hundreds, if not thousands, of homes over the years, to many respectable people who aren't necessarily bad with money. Many face medical bills, or have special needs, or lost a loved one, etc. In all those hundreds of wonderful homes they have built the only stories you hear are of the few people who truly waste, or do not know how to handle, these wonderful gifts given to them! A home was built in my hometown in the fall of 2005--since then the family seems to have no trouble accepting the responsibilities that come with such a large gift. More importantly, besides the new home the community, because of the show, provided all three children with college scholarships and more--so I cannot see how this show can be seen in a negative light overall. It is sad that a few people can shed such a negative light on such a heartfelt and wonderful thing that this show provides people with--again I saw it with my own eyes and it was truly amazing what they did and accomplished in such a short time--I am still in awe thinking of it! As to other comments, only once or twice have a seen them build homes on different properties--the one in my home town built the new house right where the old one was. On another note, I agree with beram--this woman was careless and that had nothing to do with the show! But I cannot agree with the comment about not giving people what they don't earn--so many of these people are extremely deserving!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i've had a bit of a battle internally with this show lately. first off - a lot of the time they can't build the homes where the original one that means that they are moving families from where they are to some place else, and who knows what the resulting property taxes are there, along with the fact that bigger houses have bigger expenses. i think that it's a nice thought that the show has but there are longer term things to think about aside from getting a new place to live that's worlds better for the family than what they had before. i hope that sadie is able to figure something out since it would be a shame for her to lose something that she was honored with by the program.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
doesn't this ALWAYS happen to this show's contestants? earlier this year one guy sold the house they made over for him.. DON'T GIVE PEOPLE THINGS THEY DID NOT EARN
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
This reminded me of the HGTV house giveaway. All of the winners end up selling the home because of the amount of taxes attached to the property and the maintenance fees it would cost to keep it up. But anyway, why would she have porta-potties around?
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
This sounds like a case of just plain carelessness that doesn't have much to do with the show. I'm sure she had to sign something for the license that outlined those stipulations. If you break rules, there are consequences. On top of that, why in the world would you skip that when you know it would only lead to more problems?
beram1220 beram1220 8 years
Uh hello - Show up for your meetings and you won't have a fine - This is just like the story about the 85 year old woman who took out a 30 year mortgage when she was 80! Take some responsibility. (and while I'm at it, if the mortgage companies took some responsibility for their horrendous actions, maybe Americans wouldn't feel like they were exempt from the law as well)
sushibananas sushibananas 8 years
Wow, Savvy, you have ESP. I have heard that this "do good" TV program actually leaves behind lots of financial messes for the people they intended to help. I was searching on Google just yesterday to dig up some news on this. And here you are posting a bit today! Thanks! There have got to be more stories out there...
ur_momm ur_momm 8 years
lol. i agree... why were there portable restrooms and abandoned vehicles on the property an why was she dumb enough not to show up to court? i donno if i feel pity.
cmd0610 cmd0610 8 years
Maybe they shouldn't be gigantic houses for ppl who are too stupid to manage money?
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