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Extreme Home Makeover House In Foreclosure

Should This Extreme Home Makeover Family Be Forgiven?

This is one Extreme Makeover: Home Edition story that may leave you with a bout of frustration rather than a waterfall of tears. Some of the 1,800 volunteers that worked night and day to build the Harper family's new four-bedroom home in 2005 are reeling with aggravation after learning the family's home will be auctioned due to foreclosure.

The donated materials used to build the home are valued at about $450,000, and the construction company donated an additional $250,000 for a home-maintenance fund and scholarships for the family's three kids. Rather than be satisfied with this generosity, the Harpers decided to test their luck and used the home as collateral for a $450,000 loan to start a construction business that ultimately failed.

The mayor of Lake City, GA, helped construct the home for his city's residents and had this to say about the unhappy ending: "It's aggravating. It just makes you mad. You do that much work, and they just squander it." Do you think they should be blamed for making a careless decision, or should they be forgiven for trying to continue bettering their lives?

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