I used to watch the ABC Reality show "Extreme Makeover" whenever I needed a little bit of a "feel good" cry. The why my emotions would be worked in that 2 hour segment is amazing. In the back of my mind I always had the thought "How can the family afford to maintain a house like this?" I guess my thoughts were right.
In the Wall Street Journal today, there's an announcement of one of these "extreme" housing hitting the for sale market. As I read the story I was saddened to hear the trials of this family.
I do remember, a few years ago, of an episode of the show in which the family got an incredible house and the non-profit arm of my company Keller Williams Cares paid off the mortgage on the home in full. Thus hopefully allowing the family to only have the obligation of property taxes and maintenance.
In my mind that's the only way this show would be considered a success to me.
Click here for the WSJ article.