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Unread 11-24-2008, 09:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Vardon Family to lose Extreme Makeover House

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This is so sad. Remember the deaf Vardon family who was awarded a Extreme makeover house a couple years ago?

From what I could understand from the video (correct me if I am wrong please but please no flaming) that the Vardon family could no longer afford payments on the house or something related to making payments for the house. They had to borrow money many times to keep up. Again, correct me if I am wrong and post your source for the CORRECT info.

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Unread 11-24-2008, 10:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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that so sad for deaf couples on lose home!
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Unread 11-24-2008, 10:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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that's too bad.
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This is so sad. Remember the deaf Vardon family who was awarded a Extreme makeover house a couple years ago?

From what I could understand from the video (correct me if I am wrong please but please no flaming) that the Vardon family could no longer afford payments on the house or something related to making payments for the house. They had to borrow money many times to keep up. Again, correct me if I am wrong and post your source for the CORRECT info.

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This is true. I'm hearing and could hear the peice. The Vardon Family is facing foreclosure, but they are trying to work out something with the lender. They are awaiting a decision.
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I am surprised. I always thought the families owned it with no mortgage or anything after the Makeover.
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Unread 11-24-2008, 11:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I am surprised. I always thought the families owned it with no mortgage or anything after the Makeover.
so did i. i know for some game shows winners must pay taxes on the prizes they receive, but i don't know if that's the case for this particular program.
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So did I.. that what so odd about it.
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Whoa! That is so sad. I hope they find a way to keep the house.
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Unread 11-25-2008, 12:37 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I am surprised. I always thought the families owned it with no mortgage or anything after the Makeover.
Only if the person that is doing the building offers to pay it off. Could be a donor behind the scene that might offer. However, the show itself doesn't pay off the mortgage that I've seen or am aware of.
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Unread 11-25-2008, 01:46 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Right, not all of the make-overs come mortgage-free.
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Unread 11-25-2008, 02:21 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Could someone please provide us with a transcript of the video? (Like Reba or Jillio?) I can't understand a damn thing due to not being able to see the deaf family's hands most of the time in the video. Their hands are cut out of view. I would really appreciate it so much.
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Unread 11-25-2008, 04:51 AM   #12 (permalink)
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deaf couple lost "Extreme Makeover Home" house

Deaf couple is losing a home because they are deep in debt. I can't believe that.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Deaf Winners About To Lose Home Fookem and Bug
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Unread 11-25-2008, 04:54 AM   #13 (permalink)
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wow thanks for sharing! It got me sad too..... I was watching Part 8. Deaf parents and 12 years old autistic/blind and 14 years old normal guy "with a heart of gold." Marlee Matlin was in it too!
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They should have sold the house and get something cheaper..... They can easily reap on close to or above a million dollar for that house.
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Unread 11-25-2008, 07:29 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Deaf couple is losing a home because they are deep in debt. I can't believe that.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Deaf Winners About To Lose Home Fookem and Bug
What kind of debt? Credit cards? Too Sad!
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I asked my hearing friend to summarize it for me. Apparently they were 3 months behind in mortgage and their mortgage rate went up 11%... $2400/month.

They were sobbing, crying about Lance (their autistic kid) -
"lance would be confused- he wouldnt know where he's at"
"there's no security"
"we wouldnt know where he was at- where's the safety for lance? its important to stay here"

His opinion was that "it sounds to me like a bit of exaggeration of their difficulties" because they were doing fine before they had a new house. He got pissed off that they were basically asking for handouts. Why??? They had 2 handouts - a house from Extreme Makeover and a big fat check! And now they want more??

They should just sell the house!
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I am so sick of hearing, there are more and more families lost their homes in this country. Government is such SUCKS !!
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What's even more appalling is that the mortgage company/lender would not provide a sign language interpreter due to "confidentiality reasons."

Now that's absurd!
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I asked my hearing friend to summarize it for me. Apparently they were 3 months behind in mortgage and their mortgage rate went up 11%... $2400/month.

They were sobbing, crying about Lance (their autistic kid) -
"lance would be confused- he wouldnt know where he's at"
"there's no security"
"we wouldnt know where he was at- where's the safety for lance? its important to stay here"

His opinion was that "it sounds to me like a bit of exaggeration of their difficulties" because they were doing fine before they had a new house. He got pissed off that they were basically asking for handouts. Why??? They had 2 handouts - a house from Extreme Makeover and a big fat check! And now they want more??

They should just sell the house!
No Jiro. Please, you need to educate yourself first before you make such gross generalisations about the very beautiful Vardon family.

I have been following the family and since the show & still kept tabs on them.

Their oldest son, Stefan, wrote to the show, not the Vardon parents. The oldest son went to Australia for the summer on the parents' firm intentions he go and not worry about his younger brother Lance.

Stefan grew up interpreting for his parents and when Lance was born with the dual disabilities. Blindness, deafness and autism, Lance would bolt out of the door and leaving his parents freaking out & running after him in the middle of the night searching for Lance.

Larry, the father, would sleep would Lance to ensure Lance's safety. Judy, the mother, gave up a lot of her hobbies so she would make sure Lance prospered both at home and school.

Both parents really suffered financially but kept each other sane with a lot of love. You could see the love in their marriage and in the family.

Through the show, Stefan was given an all-expenses paid for university program. You could see how Larry and Judy would break down so many times in the show because they were happy for Lance's safety. They didn't worry about finances because it was all about Lance and his safety.

Stefan at the end of the show said, he could now go to university without worrying about his brother's safety.

Now Jiro- you tell me if the Vardons should sell their home?? I don't think so. I really hope the whole Deaf and DeafBlind community rallies behind the family and does fundraising. It does take a whole village to help raise a child, in this case, Lance.

You can see the recap of the whole show here. - source
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No Jiro. Please, you need to educate yourself first before you make such gross generalisations about the very beautiful Vardon family.

I have been following the family and since the show & still kept tabs on them.

Their oldest son, Stefan, wrote to the show, not the Vardon parents. The oldest son went to Australia for the summer on the parents' firm intentions he go and not worry about his younger brother Lance.

Stefan grew up interpreting for his parents and when Lance was born with the dual disabilities. Blindness, deafness and autism, Lance would bolt out of the door and leaving his parents freaking out & running after him in the middle of the night searching for Lance.

Larry, the father, would sleep would Lance to ensure Lance's safety. Judy, the mother, gave up a lot of her hobbies so she would make sure Lance prospered both at home and school.

Both parents really suffered financially but kept each other sane with a lot of love. You could see the love in their marriage and in the family.

Through the show, Stefan was given an all-expenses paid for university program. You could see how Larry and Judy would break down so many times in the show because they were happy for Lance's safety. They didn't worry about finances because it was all about Lance and his safety.

Stefan at the end of the show said, he could now go to university without worrying about his brother's safety.

Now Jiro- you tell me if the Vardons should sell their home?? I don't think so. I really hope the whole Deaf and DeafBlind community rallies behind the family and does fundraising. It does take a whole village to help raise a child, in this case, Lance.

You can see the recap of the whole show here. - source
yes, I never forgot this show every moment. I could not stop crying. It was so so beautiful inspiration story.

Oh gosh, it breaks my heart to seeing many homes lost especially the hoildays and children. Government did not care about the families are suffering.
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Read the news online yesterday - so sad!

We contacted a few times via online but never met them. My other friend from Detroit knew them very well. Plan to send them my condolences asap. Just hope that they find a miracle way out... think that they have no absolute choice but to sell it because of their deep debts.
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What's even more appalling is that the mortgage company/lender would not provide a sign language interpreter due to "confidentiality reasons."

Now that's absurd!
if that's the case, then the vardon family shouldn't have accepted the mortgage (assuming they did not have a full understanding of the terms of their mortgage). at the same time, the mortgage company should have provided a terp. do you know if their son stefan served as their terp when they spoke to the mortgage company? if not, that was a very big mistake on the vardon's part.
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Now Jiro- you tell me if the Vardons should sell their home?? I don't think so. I really hope the whole Deaf and DeafBlind community rallies behind the family and does fundraising. It does take a whole village to help raise a child, in this case, Lance.
absolutely. Look at their home. It's most likely worth close to or over million dollar. Simple - sell it and live at a comfortable sizable home with a nice fat bank account. They have means of financial income to sustain their expense. ILLOGICAL!

I understand Lance is autistic and all.... but why would you have a HUGE house for that??? There are THOUSAND of others with special needs who need money too. It's unfortunate that they cannot sustain their expense.

If we give them money.... they will need more too next time... for 3rd time. They were given a nice brand new house.. and a big check. now they need more money? RIDICULOUS!

SELL IT or LOSE YOUR LIFE!
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Cant they take in some kids with DD needs and keep the house? The house is huge! Perfect for many kids with DD needs to stay temporarily or permanently. State tend to pay generously for their needs and this might help with mortgage.
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Cant they take in some kids with DD needs and keep the house? The house is huge! Perfect for many kids with DD needs to stay temporarily or permanently. State tend to pay generously for their needs and this might help with mortgage.
exactly! smart thinking! It makes NO SENSE for them to keep that HUGE house. Think about what they can do with the money if they sell it. They won't have to worry about tuition and expense for their oldest son... and they can afford to pay special schools & doctors/specialist for their autistic son.
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exactly! smart thinking! It makes NO SENSE for them to keep that HUGE house. Think about what they can do with the money if they sell it. They won't have to worry about tuition and expense for their oldest son... and they can afford to pay special schools & doctors/specialist for their autistic son.
But who will buy that house in midst of this recession?

Taking in kids with DD needs will contribute greatly to mortgage until housing market improves and then they can sell it to downsize. The house is way too big for just three of them! We should be ashamed of ourselves wanting to live in a huge house yet with unused space as millions of people share one room period in many other areas of the world! It never ceases to amaze me that many AMericans think that the bigger it is (whether it be a house, car, yard, food, hair), the better!
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But who will buy that house in midst of this recession?

Taking in kids with DD needs will contribute greatly to mortgage until housing market improves and then they can sell it to downsize. The house is way too big for just three of them! We should be ashamed of ourselves wanting to live in a huge house yet with unused space as millions of people share one room period in many other areas of the world! It never ceases to amaze me that many AMericans think that the bigger it is (whether it be a house, car, yard, food, hair), the better!
This recession doesn't affect handful of well-off people. I think the house's located in a nice neighborhood so there will be bunch of buyers who are interested in it. If they lived at some apartment or a modest house and they're in a dire needs of money... I will contribute some money.... but they live in a very nice "mansion" (a free remake) and received a big fat check. Sorry but I'm not giving them a dime. They lived beyond their means. Talk about poor personal responsibility.

There are other people who are worse off than them and that's who I will donate.
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i am feeling sad for them i know them

i will find a way to help them..period
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I am so sick of hearing, there are more and more families lost their homes in this country. Government is such SUCKS !!
Don't you think these families should have read the fine print on their mortgages? Alot of people are in trouble because of the re-sets on their ARMs. Losing jobs, etc. but that's not the government's fault. Sometimes there are things they could do better with BUT not to put the blame on them.

Take the Big Three--They're facing bankruptcy because they knew but chose not to retool years ago when they had the oppty. If the gov't says NO to diesel powered cars in fron Europe, then I might say okay fault the government but I don't know the full story on that aspect. I had a diesel BMW in top condition and it was perfect for what was to come BUT she was totaled in a car accident.

What about unloading things that cost $$$--like the family and their house? So many people get upside down in their homes and cars---and losing a lot of 401k.

Bottom line---you have choices and make them the best you can. But don't blame the government for your choices. I don't think they should be totally to blame for what people do everyday in life.

I thought about doing a 401K but 9-11 happened that month and I backed away. Never contributed a cent toward my retirement with the company 401K even though it would have been neat to get matching contributions. Just something about 401ks during that time made me back away slowly.

I was approved for a nice mortgage four years ago on my credit alone. Something inside me said no--don't go for it. Turns out the townhouse was in need of repairs. I could go on and on but the idea is to read everything, ask questions and know what you are doing. Get help if you don't know what you should know. I know you shouldn't blame others for your actions if they turn out to be bad choices.

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Don't you think these families should have read the fine print on their mortgages? Alot of people are in trouble because of the re-sets on their ARMs. Losing jobs, etc. but that's not the government's fault. Sometimes there are things they could do better with BUT not to put the blame on them.

Take the Big Three--They're facing bankruptcy because they knew but chose not to retool years ago when they had the oppty. If the gov't says NO to diesel powered cars in fron Europe, then I might say okay fault the government but I don't know the full story on that aspect. I had a diesel BMW in top condition and it was perfect for what was to come BUT she was totaled in a car accident.

What about unloading things that cost $$$--like the family and their house? So many people get upside down in their homes and cars---and losing a lot of 401k.

Bottom line---you have choices and make them the best you can. But don't blame the government for your choices. I don't think they should be totally to blame for what people do everyday in life.

I thought about doing a 401K but 9-11 happened that month and I backed away. Never contributed a cent toward my retirement with the company 401K even though it would have been neat to get matching contributions. Just something about 401ks during that time made me back away slowly.

I was approved for a nice mortgage four years ago on my credit alone. Something inside me said no--don't go for it. Turns out the townhouse was in need of repairs. I could go on and on but the idea is to read everything, ask questions and know what you are doing. Get help if you don't know what you should know. I know you shouldn't blame others for your actions if they turn out to be bad choices.

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