Kentucky Family Decides to Sell Their Extreme Makeover Home

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.