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Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 4:12 pm, Sat Aug 25, 2012.

Jonathan Hankins stands in the living room of what was supposed to be his family’s home, a filter mask clutched to his face.

He discusses renovations he made at the house, installing tile, painting walls and refinishing floors.

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5 comments:

  • Briana Urban posted at 12:10 am on Thu, Dec 6, 2012.

    BrianaUrban Posts: 1

    A sort of bright side to the sad state of the real estate industry, as it were, is that a lot of foreclosed properties are accessible for a cheap price. However, be careful while shopping, as that foreclosure might be a cash pit or worse, a former meth lab. Read more here

     
  • John Jameson posted at 11:41 am on Thu, Sep 20, 2012.

    quellian Posts: 1

    This is extremely unfortunate. What is more unfortunate is that Freddie Mac is completely without legal obligation here, due to the disclosure loophole. Your options seem few, as the petition most likely won't phase them. See, big companies like Freddie Mac are not shopped for by most homebuyers. Instead, many will simply take Freddie as a lender because they offer the best interest rate. Not to mention that their reputation is already tarnished by the bailout. You may have to take a more aggressive approach to this, by either trying to file a civil suit, and even see if you can find or even get the lawmakers to pass local ordinances to prevent this kind of thing from happening again. Finally, check and see if, instead of paying your mortgage, you can put the money into an escrow account until this is resolved. That way, if Freddie decides to foreclose on you, you can show the judge that you've been putting the money aside due to uninhabitable conditions of the home. If all else fails, just let the home foreclose. It will look terrible on your credit report, but you will eventually be able to buy another home.

     
  • Jonathan Hankins posted at 1:41 pm on Sat, Aug 25, 2012.

    jonathanhankins Posts: 3

    For those interested in signing a petition to keep the same thing from happing to other families, checkout: http://www.change.org/petitions/our-new-home-tried-to-kill-us

     
  • Jonathan Hankins posted at 9:03 am on Sat, Aug 25, 2012.

    jonathanhankins Posts: 3

    Thank you, Alex Powers, for making our story available to our community. It shows you did a significant amount of research and painted a clear picture on how the issue of meth impacts a neighborhood. The only thing I would've changed is to see Beth and Ezra's pic rather than my own ;) But seriously, we are forever grateful.

     
  • Jonathan Hankins posted at 8:58 am on Sat, Aug 25, 2012.

    jonathanhankins Posts: 3

    Thank you, Alex Powers, for making our story available to our community. It shows you did a significant amount of research and painted a clear picture on how the issue of meth impacts a neighborhood. The only thing I would've changed is to see Beth and Ezra's pic rather than my own ;) But seriously, we are forever grateful. Together, we can keep this from happening to other families!

     
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