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Three years ago, the Hassall family of Berry, KY, received an Extreme Home Makeover. Their home at 1884 KY Highway 1284 W Berry, KY 41003 was torn down and a new one was built in seven days as the Hassall family went on vacation to Disneyworld. Now, with great regret, the Hassalls have decided to sell their home for $349,900.

According to an interview with Andy Cunningham of WKYT, there are several reasons for selling:

“Between the mortgage payments, other home costs and our medical expenses, we just can’t afford to stay there anymore,” Brian Hassall said. Hassall went on to say maintaining the 3,300 square feet home and the more than five acres it sits on is too much. “We thought long and hard about our decision and it wasn’t easy,” said Hassall.

Another reason they’d like to move is to be closer to Cynthiana and to their medical providers in Lexington.

The Hassalls have endured a lot of heartache in the past few years. Brian is a Cynthiana police officer who was shot on duty. He continues to be afflicted with migraines from the incident. His wife, Michelle is battling cancer as well as a rare blood disorder. The couple has two adopted children, including one with special needs.

According to this McClatchy article, the Hassall’s are in debt for the house, too:

…the Extreme Makeover’s producers paid only their second mortgage, which they took out to pay for the adoption of their son. After the old house was torn down and the new one built, they were left with a first mortgage on a house still valued at $117,000 (according to property records), much larger utilities bills and a new and larger tax bill.

As you can see, between the debt for the house and their mounting medical bills, the Hassalls had to make a very difficult decision — one which has raised a reaction in the local newspaper. And, as this article points out, the Hassalls are not the first Extreme Makeover recipients to sell their home.

Check out some great photos of the Hassall home.

  • http://neelam.pange@yahoo.com mary

    GOOD HOUSE……….

  • http://www.massmarketingresources.com Liz Provo

    This is so sad, but it’s not the first time I’ve heard of this happening. Winners of HGTV’s Giveaways have also had the same fate. Perhaps its time for a little less glitz and glamour and a little more attention to helping home buyers (even if FREE) to be able to live within there means. Don’t we get it, even now after all the irresponsibility seen within the mortgage and real estate industries coupled with potential homeowners whose eyes are bigger than their pocketbooks.

    Extreme Home Makeover will actually be here in Western Mass this month for a makeover supervised by a local builder and fellow member of the Western Mass Homebuilder’s Association. Pecoy Custom Homes is a very socially responsible builder, and has been touted for his “de-contructing” of homes and recycling materials to the local ReStore. I wonder what he will think his role as GC in this makeover. My guess is that, sadly, his team will have little say in the extravagance of the design.

  • http://www.sarahmaske.com Minneapolis Realtor

    My parents live a few blocks away from the house they built in MN and everything seems to be going fine there. But some of the people that receive the homes just don’t understand the maintenance costs of keeping a huge home going. By the looks of the mortgage on the new house they should be able to buy a decent place free and clear.

  • http://www.natochess.org computer chess

    So much for all the hard work and goodwill…

  • http://www.7dayhandyman.co.uk/ London Floor Sanding

    What a shame. Obviously the producers of the show were trying to do a good turn for this wounded policeman and his family though apparently a nice new house was the least of their needs.

    I have read so many of these Extreme Home Makeover disasters I must conclude being a ‘victim’ of this show is a curse rather than a blessing. Mother always said, ‘nothing in life is free’ and maybe that is the ultimate lesson of this show, perhaps the producers are more enlightened than we suppose and have a secret agenda to teach us all a lesson in proper accounting practices and the dangers of high mortgages.

    If they really want to embrace the schadenfreude they should do a follow-up series, ‘Extreme Home Foreclosure’. It would appear they have a large number of potential subjects.

  • Jasmine

    I drove past this house the other day and its a georgious house but its a shame that the family has to move. but i wish them good luck!

  • tiffany thompson

    okay so heres how i feel on the subject, at that point in time another well deserving family should have gotten that house, BOTH of you two had jobs nd yu all had been working. I no this Bc one I was Personally arrested By Officer Hassel and two mrs hassel was teaching at my school….I feel like you all were very greedy nd now yur selling!!! well yu didnt deserve the house neways. the family that lost their child n that fire did so idk why yu all did….

  • http://www.olympiancares.com/ Home Builder

    It’s a shame they have to give up the house. More important than the house itself is that the Extreme Makeover production have given them the means (the house) to be able to help themselves out from their financial woes. Not always important the material item as much as the gesture made. Good luck to them.

  • KAL CT

    A lot of people have a lot of negative things to say about the “adult” recipients of these extreme makeover homes. The one concern I didn’t hear expressed in any of these comments -on several “HGTV homes in foreclosure”- sites was what it must do to the children. Children who receive a once in a lifetime vacation with their parents – probably the most fun, adventurous time together spent as a family! Children who leave a home that is falling down around them or making them sick and then return to a “disneyland” like surprise and a new bedroom with bells and whistles that their friends surely don’t ever hope to have. Children who suddenly become the most popular kid at school because everyone in town wants to be invited to a sleepover. Children who are innocent bystanders in an adult game and have no choice but to be enveloped into a fairytale – only to have it blown away in the wind. If HGTV builds homes for families that allow for no possible way to upkeep the home after being given such a gift – shame on them. If the parents are given the means to upkeep the home and choose to squander the gift – shame on them. But, what I really want to see – 5 years from now – is a show that helps the children of these disasters … as they lie on the couch of the psychiatrist’s office and (rightfully) explain how they didn’t understand how or why they went from o.k. living (all they knew initially), to luxury of the HGTV home, to then returning to a life of o.k. living again (or maybe worse). Remember – children just live where the parents live. Some of those children really benefitted from homes that are now free of toxic mold – they can breathe…!!! That in itself is thier luxury! How do you give that to a child and then let it be taken away or lost? How do you give such an outrageous, over-the-top gift to children and then strip them of it and expect them to be o.k.? Just curious….

  • http://www.accessavhomes.com Palmdale Homes

    My goodness. The extreme makeovers on these houses are so grand that nobody can afford to pay the utilities, property taxes and keep up with maintaining the new large space they live in. I guess it’s something Extreme Makeover should consider before they build something extra large for a family.

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