Anyone who has watched ABC’s “Extreme Makeover” cannot help but be touched by this story. Five years ago, one Dr. Brian Wofford and his family got a new house courtesy ABC’s popular show “Extreme Makeover.” In the news today, the family is on the brink of losing their new home in Encinitas if another miracle does not happen. Wofford, father to 8 kids, has had trouble for the last couple of years just trying to hang on to their home. Wofford lost his wife in 2000, and has since been raising his 8 children on his own.
Basically, the same mortgage crisis which has crippled millions of Americans in these tough economic times has gotten to the Woffords too. From what we can learn, Wofford’s mortgage on the house was an adjustable rate which shot sky high when the economy turned sour. Wofford has tried for two years to modify the terms, but when the paper holder IndyMac went under, Wofford could not get terms from the new lien holder OneWest Bank.
The good news is, now that 10News in San Diego carried the story (along with 100′s of others on the Web), OneWestBank representatives have said the Wofford’s modified loan papers would be in Dr. Wofford’s hands next week.Wofford told 10News he is hopeful, but he has not seen anything as of yet. Wofford, humble as ever, said he will be happy no matter what as long as he has his family. What a shame this is. A family in such need gets a helping hand from a great show, and the banking flop dumps them in the street potentially. If OneWestBank’s terms are not good enough, the Wofford’s house will go on the auction block later this month.
Ty Pennington and Extreme Makeovers do some fantastic work for some really deserving people. We sincerely hope 10News, OneWestBank, and maybe even Ty himself can do something to help these great folks. You can check out the images from the Wofford episode here. The contact method for reaching Extreme Makeovers Home Edition is on this page. Who knows, maybe a “more extreme makeover” is possible? Bad form and PR for OneWestBank if they do not come through on this one. Ty, they need you again brother.