How the show’s concept screws the recipients:
Others can’t keep up with the electricity bills to run that full-sized carousel in the back yard. The tax assessments went through the roof and jobs disappeared. Welcome to Extreme Makeover: You’re Totally Fucked Edition! The first official foreclosure on a home from the show is in Idaho, and belonged to Eric Hebert. From the Journal: [Hebert] told a local television station last year that “the biggest mistake I think that I made was I took too much money out on the house thinking that I was going to have a job, you know, in the future.” The Extreme Foreclosure has also pissed off Hebert’s neighbors. Some local residents are angry over what became of the community project. “It’s kind of like we have egg on our face,” said Sydney Icardo, a realtor with Century 21 RiverStone, who cut down aspen trees used to decorate Mr. Hebert’s bedroom. “It cuts deep. We’re a tight community.” So why not just sell that behemoth? Because “Extreme Makeovers tend to be big, fancy residences plopped into working-class or rural communities, the houses can be a hard sell.” That’s why.