Atlanta Extreme Makeover home in foreclosure after owners used it as collateral for a loan

Over the past few days, the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition home outside of Atlanta that is now in foreclosure has gotten a lot of press, primarily because of its association with the show. But the home isn’t in foreclosure because the family wasn’t able to afford their massive new house.

Instead, it’s because Milton and Patricia Harper “used the house at 5489 Ahyoka Drive as collateral for a $450,000 loan” that funded “a construction business that failed,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The house will be auctioned off on Tuesday in Atlanta.

Perhaps more damningly is the fact that, during the construction, “Beazer Homes’ employees and company partners raised a quarter-million dollars in contributions for the family. The sum included scholarships for the three Harper children and a home maintenance fund,” according to the paper.

ABC released a statement saying, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ advises each family to consult a financial planner after they receive their new home. Ultimately, financial matters are personal, and we work to respect the privacy of the families.”

A fairy tale foreclosed [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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