The Sad Foreclosed House: An Ode To My Beloved Home

It Is So Sad To See These Houses Sit While They Wait For A New Owner To Care For them

It is so sad to see houses the bank has taken back from the owners. These were once beautiful, well cared for houses, but now the grass grows, the paint peels, and the rose garden dies.

I had a house like this once. It was heartbreaking for me to let the bank take my home of 35 years.

My family and I shed many tears for our house.


This poor neglected house sits abandoned while waiting for a new owner.
This poor neglected house sits abandoned while waiting for a new owner. | Source
A Don Juan Rose I once grew in my garden
A Don Juan Rose I once grew in my garden | Source
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A sad homeowner walking away.
A sad homeowner walking away. | Source
This is my beloved house that I lost to Foreclosure.
This is my beloved house that I lost to Foreclosure. | Source

She was once the most beautiful house on the block,
People would slow down and admire her as they passed,
Her lawn was manicured at least once a week.
The weeds would be pulled from her flower beds.



Each spring she was treated to a facelift,
The old paint on her cracked face was scrapped away,
A brand new coat of makeup would be applied,
And her beauty once again would be restored.



She would look out with pride and love,
Through her sparkling clear window panes,
As the children ran and played in her backyard,
With their dog, Chubby, nipping at their heels.



In spite of her age, she was still quite lovely,
She stood very straight and proud,
Her walls held many precious memories,
Of the happy family that had lived in her for so long.



After many years of faithful, loving service,
The Master of the House lost his job,
The Mother had no skill and could not work,
No one could pay the price to save her.



The family packed up and left the lovely old house,
The Bank came and padlocked all the doors,
She stood there abandoned and all alone,
She longed to hear the happy sounds once more.


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Soon thieves began sneaking in all during the night,
She stood helpless as they stripped her naked,
How could this be happening to her?
She deserved better treatment than this!



They ripped out her copper pipes to sell for what they could get,
The appliances were taken out of her kitchen,
The carpeting on all her floors was stripped away,
Leaving her hardwood floors cold and bare.



Their pickup truck was busy all night long,
Driving back and forth, they made deep gullies,
In her once green, trimmed beautiful lawn,
They had no respect for her at all.



When they finished having their way with her,
They added more insult to her many injuries,
By using cans of black spray paint,
To scribble and write foul words on her walls.



The once proud beautiful old house,
Now sits as an eyesore on the block,
Her hope is that another family will come soon and love her,
And the big, bad bank can never again padlock her doors.

An Abandoned Mansion

This must have been a beautiful mansion in its prime. Now it is abandoned.

Have you ever lost a house to foreclosure?

  • Yes
  • No
  • I know of someone who has
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© 2015 Mary Hyatt

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Phyllis Doyle 23 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Very interesting hub, Mary. It is so sad to lose a home, especially one that was so loved and has many memories. It has always been my dream to be able to buy an olde neglected house and restore it to its natural beauty. It would take a lot of money, but if one had enough it would be worth it.

Voted Up and shared.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South

Such a shame; I am very sorry. I look at beautiful old houses rotting away so often and wonder about their story so thanks for sharing yours with us. Seems banks would have better answers and let owners stay in while something is worked out to prevent this from happening. Surely it can't benefit anyone but the thieves.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Mary, when you said you wanted to write an ode I never guess it was an ode to a house. I can relate to this. I haven't had a house foreclosed but have had to sell reluctantly to avoid bankruptcy. Sadly the new owners have not looked after the house and let it become run down. It is best not to visit again or you are often terribly disappointed. It must have been devastating losing your home of over 30 years. Great ode, voted up.


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earner 23 months ago from United Kingdom

I'm sorry you had to go through that. I couldn't vote in your poll as I've not known anybody go through it.

All the best.


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Bob Bamberg 23 months ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

Hi Mary. My heart goes out to you...I remember following this on BW. As I recall, you settled in with your daughter in her "in-law" apartment. I would imagine that actually losing the house was the climax of a series of saddening events...the loss of a job, the frustration of not being able to meet the mortgage and the evolving realization that you would have to move. You have a tough constitution and have done well to overcome hardship and keep up your interesting writing. Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Phyllis Doyle We have had so many houses lost to foreclosure in the past two years where I live. I admire you for wanting to "rescue" a house and bring it back to life.

Thanks for the visit, the comment, the votes and the share. My best, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, WillStarr Thank you for the nice compliment. Some people might not understand how much blood, sweat and tears I spent on my house, and yes, I truly loved her. Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi,Jackie Lynnley Thanks. No, banks have no mercy. I know they have the right to expect to be paid. After all, a mortgage is a debt, morally and legally. I tried for over a year to save my house, but it was impossible.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Jodah, good morning. I think Keats would "turn over in his grave" to read my ode! I never wrote one before, but I thought it was fitting to write an ode to my beloved house.

My hope is that another family will buy my house and love it like I did. I'm sorry you had to sell your house.

I drove past my house just yesterday, and saw the "for sale" sign the bank has in the yard. I must not go back there again.

Thanks for the compliment on my ode and for the vote, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi earner, I'm happy foreclosure has not touched your life or anyone you know. I just changed my poll to reflect those people like yourself.

Yes, it has been a sad time for me. Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi Bob. You have a great memory! Yes, I've had some "ups and downs", but I'm a survivor! I have a wonderful supportive family and I have many blessings and a lot to be grateful for.

I am happy living in my daughter's little apartment with my dog. I sure don't have much house to clean any longer.

Thanks so much for your well wishes, I appreciate that very much.

I hope 2015 will be a great year for you and yours, Mary


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Ericdierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

A horribly sad story. One that we should never forget. The ode is beautiful and a fine tribute to what must have been a very fine home. I worked in foreclosure prevention for years and saw this heartbreak story more than was good for anyone. I am so sorry for your loss and for your home.


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earner 23 months ago from United Kingdom

Thanks for changing the poll I voted. I think in the UK people are more protected against foreclosure, here we call it a repo, or repossession. Even state benefits cover a fixed rate of interest up to the first £200k, so long as the mortgage was taken out as a first mortgage on your home - and that pays out (now) from just 3 months after job loss. There might be a limit of 2 years on that, but it buys them some time.

When I had a mortgage it was 9 months and harder rules - but it was also more often a criteria to have an insurance policy to cover it back then.

I was just lucky, I just managed to keep things going along - I simply stayed in for 6 years with the lights off, eating cheap beans, until I sold it as I was fed up with that and realised things wouldn't be changing soon.


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Ericdierker Yes, my home was my pride and joy. I have no ill will towards the bank that took it. They have a job to do just like you had a job to do. I must say, at our final hearing before the judge, the bank offered me an extension of 3 months to vacate the house. I appreciated the offer.

Thanks for your kind words; I appreciate that, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi again, earner. Oh, my, you held on for six years! I held on for over a year before realizing it was useless. I was so stressed out all the time with worry. At least now, I am not stressed out and am happy with my new life in a tiny apartment.

I had the house on the market for two years with no sale. The RE market where I live has been terrible.

Thanks for bring the poll to my attention. My best, Mary


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billybuc 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

Sad but beautiful as well, Mary. These old homes are so much more than lumber and nails...they are living histories of the families that lived in them. You captured it perfectly.


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Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

Aw, so sad indeed, dear Mary. It seems the banks would rather work with the owners than have this happened to a once beautiful home and property due to no one living in the home! You have expressed beautifully how the once vibrant and lovely home filled with laughter must now feel, so abandoned and alone.

God bless.

(((Hugs)))


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida

I've never lost a home to foreclosure, but I can imagine how devastating that would be. Especially if it gets vandalized and stripped of all dignity. How painful this situation must have been!


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

I love the way you spoke for your house. I hate to see abandoned houses that were once homes to families. Thank you for sharing, I'm sorry this happened to you...


missirupp 23 months ago

It was almost too sad for me to continue reading, but I had to! Voted Up.


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, billybuc Thank you so much. Yes, my house was much more than lumber and nails. It was filled with laughter and happiness. It gave me years of hard work; first to restore it and to keep it maintained.

I miss it very much, but we move on, right? Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Faith Reaper Thanks for your sweet thoughts about my house. The banks have to get their money; I understand that. I have no ill will about the way my foreclosure was handled at all.

I will always remember my beloved house. I am blessed to have a new home and will just make new memories in my tiny apartment. Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, bravewarrior I'm happy you never lost a home to foreclosure. I grieved for about six month, but I'm better now. I just hope a new owner loves my house half as much as I did!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, always exploring. Thanks for your sweet comment, and your symphathy. I will always miss my house, but as they say: one door closes another door opens.

Thanks again, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, missirupp. Aww, thanks. I'm glad you felt empathy for me losing my beloved house.

I will probably always miss it, although I am grateful to have a nice (but small) apartment to share with my little dog!

Thanks for reading, the comment, and the vote, Mary


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manatita44 23 months ago from london

Never easy Mary.

And for those who have to leave, it brings much pain, but I'm sure that you know this. Great and informative poem.


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Pico Triano 23 months ago from New Brunswick, Canada

Lost a house myself. Not a pleasant experience. Bank wouldn't give anyone a regular mortgage for it because the township refused to define it as a house (built from a trailer but didn't quite make the township minimum square footage bylaw). They let the basement flood because they turned off the electricity (ran the sump pump). Nearly destroyed the place. It sold at auction probably for next to nothing.


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BlossomSB 23 months ago from Victoria, Australia

So sad, but beautifully written with lovely images as well. It can even be horrid to go back and see houses where we used to live and how they look unloved and uncared for now. It must have been a dreadful experience.


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cat on a soapbox 23 months ago from Los Angeles

Hi Mary,

Financial institutions will never be able to see beyond the appraised value of a house- how sad! I know how your heart will always be with the lovely memories you made in your home, and no one can take those away from you. I hope your former house will once again be filled w/ love and pride of ownership. Best wishes for this new year, Cat:)


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DDE 23 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hi Mary I lost everything in my life before my move to Croatia. It was my worst feeling ever. To lose a home and all that memories good or bad memories it was just so sudden and I felt at my worst at that time. I will always miss my life and home from my past. It is sad and I feel for you.


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, manatita44 Yes, it is painful to lose a home that has been loved and cared for. Life goes on, though.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Pico Triano Your story is very sad, too. I am sorry. My house was put up for auction and the bank bought it back for what was owed on the house. They will probably put it quickly on the market. My best, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, BlossomSB . Even though I am curious to see how the bank is caring for my house while it waits to be sold, I will not go to look. It would be too painful.

Thanks for coming by for the visit and comment, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi there, cat on a soapbox I tried to sell my house back when real estate appraisals were great in my area, but I couldn't. Then the bottom fell out, and I was "upside down". Just an impossible situation for me.

I do hope my old house will get owners who will love her as much as I did.

Thanks for reading and for your well wishes.

I hope 2015 will be a great year for you, too. Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, DDE. I am so sorry you have felt the pain of losing a home you loved. This has been very painful for me, but I am strong, and I have a wonderful supportive family. I think losing our home was very painful for them, too. They tried to rescue the house, but couldn't afford it. It was a large house with a big mortgage.

I enjoy my little apartment I have now; not as much house to clean!

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Mary


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oceansnsunsets 23 months ago from The Midwest, USA

Oh Mary!! This hub pulls at my heart, as it surely did yours. I have read your articles over the years about the changes or locations and even travel of your home. This breaks my heart for you, and I can feel the words that you have typed there. It is such a rough thing to have to handle, and many people have to go through this, or fear it will happen to them.

Even when some people do own a home free and clear if they did have the money to pay the mortgage, sometimes circumstances change then too, and paying for the taxes on the land becomes a true problem. They could even lose a home and property they paid for, fairly. This doesn't seem right that banks could do this, and then they just sit anyway sometimes as you have shared. I wish so bad this didn't happen. I feel lucky to know you and your sweet ways, and honest sharing of all kinds of things. I am sorry you and your family had to shed tears for this houses. Thank you for sharing.


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, oceansnsunsets. You are a dear to feel my pain over losing my house. Yes, it has been a very painful experience for me. I took so much pride in my house, and loved it dearly. It gave me years of happiness, and I am thankful for that. I understand the bank's position on foreclosures; they want their money!

I moved into a small apartment one of my daughters owns, and I do enjoy it. My four children wishes one of them could have taken over the house, but they could not afford it either.

Thanks so much for your sweet comment, I appreciate that so much, Mary


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lrc7815 23 months ago from Central Virginia

Mary, although I have never had a house ripped from my heart through foreclosure, I can imaging the sense of loss.. There are so many properties in my state that are tagged "abandoned" and I look at them and wonder...really? Their faces are so sad and yet I am drawn to them. I wonder about the stories they would tell of children playing and parents dreaming. Sigh! I love this piece.


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi,lrc7815, I'm glad you never experienced the pain of losing a house to foreclosure. We have many of these houses where I live, and it is so sad. If houses could only talk; the stories they could tell!

I'm happy you loved my Ode to my foreclosured house, thanks. Mary


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Barbara Kay 23 months ago from USA

This is so sad. Why doesn't the banks give these people a little more time, because what do they get out of some of them in the end - nothing.


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old albion 23 months ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Mary. I read your original article some time ago and became a follower. Now I read this and feel so sad yet I know your memories are bittersweet. A very nice hub.

Graham.


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btrbell 23 months ago from Mesa, AZ

Mary, I am so sorry for the loss if your beautiful home. Living in Arizona, we are also very familiar with the term foreclosure. As I walk through the neighborhood here and look at these sad, abandoned homes, I try to understand what the banks were (are) thinking. Thank you for sharing your story with us.


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Barbara Kay. I must say in my bank's defense, they offered me an extension of 30 days to vacate the house. My daughter's apartment was available, so I took advantage of it. The banks just want to get their money. I am doing quite well in my little place; I miss my house, though.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, old albion (Graham). You have a great memory! Yes, it has been a very sad experience for me, but I'm happy in my new home. I will never forget my old house, and all the memories it gave me.

Thank you so much, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, btrbell. Florida was hit very hard by the decline in real estate values beginning about three years ago. Just on our block where I live, there are four foreclosed homes. The grass gets higher, and they fall into neglect.

Thanks for reading my ode to my house, Mary


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tillsontitan 23 months ago from New York

Your ode is lovely Mary though so sad. I too wish I could buy up old, abandoned houses. When I drive by I start thinking of all the wonderful things that could be done to them and who could live in them. Unfortunately I haven't hit the lottery so I can only dream.

So sorry you had to give up your beloved house, but glad you like your new place.

Voted up and interesting.


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, tillsontitan Yes, it was very sad to have to give up my house of many years. My family and I cried many tears over it, but I am happy in my little apartment. I just had a nice little fenced in area for my doggie, Baby. In the old house, she had a large fenced in yard, but she is happy here, too!

Thanks for reading, commenting, and the votes. My best, Mary


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colorfulone 23 months ago from Minnesota

I like you sad ode, Mary. You still have some very deep feeling for the old place. I feel like part of your heart is still there after so many years.

Enjoy you new place. Home is where the heart belongs.


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, colorfulone. Oh, yes, I still have very deep feelings about my old house. I won't ever forget the wonderful memories. I do enjoy my new home, though.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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Iris Draak 23 months ago from Boise, Idaho

Mary, first let me say that you wrote a very lovely piece. You described the stripped home in a way that made it feel like a person. Second, you shared a painful experience in your life that many shy away from talking about. I am impressed by your talent and by your candor. I am truly sorry that you had to go through that experience.


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Suhail and my dog 23 months ago from Mississauga, ON

Mary,

This is creativity and originality at its best.

I have read numerous pieces on anthropomorphous animals, but this is the first time I read something of that nature regarding a non-living entity. You made the house look like a living being.

Found awesome and beautiful!

P.S. I am a banker per se, albeit in the regulatory compliance and anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing areas. I guarantee you that my bank, a very well respected US bank, goes all the way to work with the owners in order that they are able to keep their house in case of a default.


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Iris Draak. Thank you for your lovely compliment on my ode to my house. I think houses have a lot of character, and I have often thought of the memories they could share of their former families.

I will never forget my beloved house, but I have moved on and am quite happy in my little apartment with my doggie, Baby.

Thank again, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Suhail and my dog Oh, what a nice comment you left for me: Thanks.

My house rewarded me and my family with many years of happiness. My hope now is that another loving family will buy it and care for it as much as I did.

The bank was very patient with me. I was allowed an extension of yet another 30 days to vacate, so I am not bitter about their actions at all. I understand they have to get their money.

Thanks again for reading and leaving me such a nice comment, Mary


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Sunshine625 23 months ago from Orlando, FL

Such a sad story! In a perfect world the banks would work with the owners as much as they could to prevent foreclosure. Wouldn't it be better for them to at least get some money for a house instead of nothing. Then the perfect world bubble bursts. Hugs to you, Mary. Beautiful ode!!


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Sunshine625 (Linda). I've often thought the bank could even offer to rent these houses to the homeless for a small fee rather than just let them stand neglected.

Thanks for the hugs, I can always use those! This was a sad event in my life, but I'm grateful I have a nice little place to live in. My best, Mary


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ChitrangadaSharan 23 months ago from New Delhi, India

I am deeply moved to read this sad story but excellent piece of writing!

I could visualize your beautiful home and feel your pain. How much love, sweat and sacrifice goes into making a house a home! And how much attached we get to our homes, where we spend happy times with our loved ones! This happens with all of us.

I really wish you all the best and may God bless you and help you!

Voted up as beautiful hub! Thanks!


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, ChitrangadaSharan Thank you for the nice compiment on my writing my ode to my home. Yes, we can certainly "fall in love" with our houses; I know I did.

Thank you so much for your well wishes for me. I will always miss my house, but I'm happy in my new little apartment, so all is well. I am blessed.

Thanks for reading and the votes, Mary


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

that is a beautiful home you had, can't find that in my country


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Peggy W 22 months ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Mary,

You wrote this with such feeling from the point of view of an abandoned home. Nice job on that ode for a former home. I have read all of your articles prior to and leading up to you having to vacate that home. I am glad to read in the comments that you are getting over the initial pain of the foreclosure.

It is best not to look back! Our old home of over 28 years in our former neighborhood is sad to drive by it and look at the landscaping. It is in sad shape and we always worked to keep it looking great. I imagine our former neighbors on either side are not too happy!

You still have what is most important in life...your family members and dog Baby. Take care Mary! Up and beautiful votes...the beautiful is for your ode.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, peachpurple Yes, my former home was a beautiful house because I worked hard to keep it beautiful. I loved every minute of working in it and my garden.

BTW: I always wondered where you are from??

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Peggy W I have made up my mind not to go by and look at my house, even though I am tempted. It would just add to my pain to see it neglected like your former house! I am just hoping a caring family will buy it and love it and care for it just half as much as I did.

Yes, I'm happy in my little apartment, and so is Baby.

Thanks for the visit; it's always good to see you, Mary


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Nell Rose 22 months ago from England

I am so sorry about your lovely house mary, its so pretty. My brother lost his house in the same way, our aunt died and he had to pay 20 thousand pounds, approx 35 thousand dollars to the government just to keep the house! even though my aunt had bought it outright back in 66, but the greed of the government won over it and he had to sell up and move, he hates it where he is now, your poem was awesome and said it all, nell


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Nell Rose. That was a sad situation your brother had to face. The bank really did try to work with me by giving me an extension for 30 days, but that didn't solve my problem.

I am happy where I am now in my daughter's apartment, even though it is very small.

Thanks for reading and the nice compliment, Mary


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vocalcoach 22 months ago from Nashville Tn.

Oh, Mary, I'm so sorry. I lost a beautiful home in Hawaii, because of a balloon payment that came due. I bought the home from friends that I trusted and was told nothing about a balloon payment that would one day be due. I couldn't come up with the large sum of money. It was a terrible experience.

Your poem is brilliant! I'm glad you're happy in your little apartment.

Love,

Audrey


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, vocalcoach (Audrey). It is early Sat. AM and I just read your wonderful Hub about Beethoven, but could not get the comment to go through, and now I see your nice comment on my Ode!

How terrible you lost a home because of a balloon payment you were unaware of! I can certainly sympathize.

Losing my house has been very painful, but I am a survivor! Yes, I enjoy my little apartment I share with my little dog.

I gave my piano to one of my daughters, and I go to her house to play!

Thank you so much for reading and for the nice comment. Mary


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida

You know what has become since you left but your memories of the time you spent there are frozen in time. You have those precious memories.

This heartfelt ode to your home touched me deeply, Mary

Angels are on the way to you and your 'new home.' ps


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aesta1 22 months ago from Ontario, Canada

I am happy we still have the home I grew up in. It has been changed but I could live with that. On the other hand, I have to let go of homes I love because of change of jobs, not really foreclosure. It is sad and I wish people can get bridge financing when they need it especially when it is their residence.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, pstraubie48 Oh, yes, our memories are truly frozen in time; my family and I will never forget how much joy the house gave us. I think their hearts are broken more than mine because they grew up in that house.

Thanks for sending Angels my way, I appreciate that so much! Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi there, aesta1. You are so lucky to still have the house you grew up in! My children grew up in this house, and they will always love and miss it. I tried every way under the sun to keep my house, but it was impossible.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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teaches12345 22 months ago

Your sharing is touching and describes the emotional loss of many these days as they experience a change of homes. I am sorry you had to lose such a beautiful part of your life like this. I pray you will only see better days as we continue onward.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, teaches12345. Yes, this experience was certainly an emotional loss to me in many ways, but I now am happy in my little apartment. I will always remember my old house, and just hope a nice family will buy it and love it, too.

Thanks for your well wishes, Mary


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alexadry 22 months ago from USA

Mary, I am so sorry about your experience. I can feel your pain as I too tend to get emotionally attached to homes. I am happy to hear you are happy in your new place.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, there, alexadry. Yes, this was a very painful experience for me and my family, but yes, I am very happy in my new apartment, especially now I have a fenced in yard for my little doggie, Baby!

Thanks for the visit and comment, Mary


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ladyguitarpicker 22 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Hi Mary, I am sorry that happened to you and anyone else that has that problem. It could happen to anyone today. I was uninsurable after I lost my job and less than 2 weeks had to use the hospital they have as much sympathy as the banks. Good wishes for you. Stella


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, ladyguitarpicker (Stella). Thanks for your kind words. Sounds like you had a bad experience with a hospital, too. Too bad.....these big institutions don't have a lot of sympathy for those of us who really need their help.

Because of the Real Estate market the past few years, a lot of folks here lost their homes.

Good to see you, Mary


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Dolores Monet 22 months ago from East Coast, United States

Hi Mary, it must have been so awful seeing that lovely house go, but when vandals wrecked it...what a sad waste. There was an abandoned home on our block, it's 100 years old and needs so much work. But people just bought it and are now busy fixing it up.


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skye2day 22 months ago from Rocky Mountains

May God Bless you dear sister. As hard and difficult the situation it sounds as if God has turned all things for the good. He promises He will turn all things for the good for those that love Him. Romans 8:28. It is God who can save a home or take a home. Left to our own devices we get our pride and feelings in the way and often leave out what God may have for us which is always good. Not that it is easy going through the storms in life, it is not! We are told in the Word of God we will face tribulation and trials. God can move mountains. I almost lost my home foreclosure but God moved mountains. It sold in the nick of time. It was the best thing that happened. The older home needed much work after all the toil we had put into her. Now we have an apartment which is very nice and when something breaks they fix it up. I am so blessed. I hope you are happy but more important so grateful to God and what He does for us when we love Him. Many shine God on and go their own way but that is a very hard road and leads to disaster. Based on self we will be destroyed. God is Savior and mends the broken hearted and turns all things for the good. My Love and best wishes for a wonderful new beginning. In Christ Jesus Skye


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Dolores Monet We have so many abandoned houses in my area now; it breaks my heart. Oh, I do hope the new owners of that old house you know of will bring it back to life. That's what I hope for my old house, too.

Thanks for the visit and the comment, Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, skye2day When I pray, I always end my prayer by saying "thy will be done". I do believe God has His hand in all we do. He knew I was becoming much too stressed to keep my beloved house because I could not afford to keep it any longer.

It just so happened my daughter had this little apartment that was vacant, and now I'm very happy being near her in my tiny space.

Yes, this has been a new beginning for me. Thank you so much for your sweet and comforting comment; I appreciate that very much, Mary


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Writer Fox 22 months ago from the wadi near the little river

Mary, I'm so sorry you lost your home. I'm glad you wrote about it here because no one can take your memories and these will be yours forever.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Writer Fox. Thanks......I will always miss my beloved house, but I do have wonderful memories. And, I'm making new memories in my little apartment I share with my little doggie.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Mary


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FlourishAnyway 22 months ago from USA

I'm glad your were able to tell this heart wrenching, everyday story. When I pass by such homes, sometimes I wonder about their glory days. I had a childhood friend whose parents owned a business together that went under, and as a result they also lost their house. The family moved and she was unable to finish her senior year with the kids she had grown up with. Their house and everything they did was grand in style. So sad. I remember that as she and I passed a broken down old gas station that was out of business, one that most people would have given no thought about, she remarked how sad it was, that that had been someone's dream.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, FlourishAnyway I've often wished houses could talk. I'm sure they would have many heartbreaking stories to tell the world. That was sad about your childhood friend. I'm thankful my children had the opportunity of growing up in my house; they loved it very much, too.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Mary


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Blackspaniel1 22 months ago

Does anyone else dislike the programs where people are taught to take advantage of such situations by buying for much less than a house is worth? I see too many television infomercials where people are trained to get rich on misery.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Blackspaniel1 Yes, a lot of people make good money buying these sad foreclosed houses and flip them. The whole foreclosure process is a very sad one to me. Thanks for reading. So nice to meet you!


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ologsinquito 22 months ago from USA

I remember your first article on the possibility. I hope you are doing alright now, and that things will work out for you. Sorry to hear about this.


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Suzanne Day 22 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

It's very sad how foreclosures are able to happen at all and it's such a great loss for everyone, the seller, the buyer, the bank - why are these houses standing around being pillaged? Good poem and voted beautiful.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, ologsinquito Wow! You sure have a good memory! Yes, I am just fine. I'm settled into my little apartment with my little doggie. I still miss my house. I enjoyed that old house very much!


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi there, Suzanne Day Yes, everyone loses when a house if foreclosed. We have so many now in my area that are just getting run down. They benefit no one. Thanks for the nice compliment and the vote, too. Mary


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PegCole17 22 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Mary, my heart ached reading your poem and your story as it revealed itself in text and comments. That is truly an awful situation to go through. You are resilient and I'm sure you will bounce back, perhaps to experience something better you might never have imagined as a result of this difficult change. My hubby lost his job in April last year and is still seeking employment. Times are definitely difficult. It reminds me of the Depression.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, PegCole17 Yes, this has been a heartbreaking experience for me. I loved my old house. I am now making nice memories in my new home even though it is quite small. Life is just full of changes, right? I hope your hubby finds a decent job soon. Yes, the economy is pretty bad right now, especially the real estate market. My best, Mary


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travmaj 21 months ago from australia

Im so sad reading this, your beautiful home, how difficult it must have been to leave especially under those circumstances.

Your poem says it all - I ache for the house to be loved again.

There's something so special in the years past and going home is always the best thing. When you can no longer do that - how stressful, how agonising.

good to hear you are settling into your smaller place and beginning those memories again. Best wishes for that. Maj.


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Nithya Venkat 21 months ago from Dubai

Very sorry that you lost your dear home. To see your own home being stripped and ripped down must really have pained your heart. I wish that you could have somehow been able to keep your home. Take care.


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mary615 20 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Nithya Venkat Yes, this was a very sad ending for my beloved old house. I exhausted every option before it was taken from me. Thanks for your kind comment; I appreciate that, Mary


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Larry Rankin 20 months ago from Oklahoma

It is so sad to watch a home go to rot, especially one you loved and loved others in.

Wonderful article.


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mary615 20 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Larry Rankin Yes, it is sad. I wish the bank would just let homeless people live in my old house. At least it would be put to good use. Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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EsJam 17 months ago from Southern California

Hello Mary, what a touching poem....a subject that many can relate to. Our homes are extension of us. We put ourselves into their very essence...how we paint it, decorate it, landscape, etc. It is all a part of who we are.

I have not lost a home, but know those who have. There for the grace of God, go I. Just reminds me to be grateful. Essie.


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mary615 17 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, EsJam Yes, there have been many foreclosed homes where I live. It's so sad to see these houses just sitting, being neglected, waiting for a new owner to take them. Mine is still waiting. I only hope someone buys it that will love it as much as I did.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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EsJam 17 months ago from Southern California

Mary, I am somewhat new to HubPages. Even though I have been a member since 2012, I only started posting this year. I am still not completely sure of how everything works...such as I was about to post you a fan mail, I accidentally clicked out of it and don't know how to get back in. So....I would like to send you a fan mail here, hopefully you won't mind. I just wanted to thank you for your kind comment on my saddle poem, and to tell you that I am so pleased to connect with you, here on HB. Thank you! You have such an interesting array of subjects. I am going to enjoy browsing! Best, Essie


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mary615 17 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, EsJam There is so much to learn here on HP, and we are always getting new features. To leave someone fanmail, go to their profile, to follow that person click the green button, then make a comment in the space given. When you have a new follower you will receive an email.

I'm glad we are following each other now, Mary

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