The Untold Truth Of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition



even though the show wrapped up in 2012 Extreme Makeover Home Edition lives on in both reruns and the gorgeous homes they built during their nine-year run host ty Pennington and his team created dream homes for some of the most deserving families you could ever meet well the show is a positive light in the world of reality television who love arguing house lives and drunken roommates and had its fair share of scandals and heartbreaks too from dishonest contestant to shady tax practices there was a lot more going on behind the scenes than we ever could have known so allow us to move that bust and give you a sneak peek at the inner workings of Extreme Makeover Home Edition when contestants lie sadly even a feel-good show like Extreme Makeover Home Edition is not immune to people trying to scam the system well the participants each went through a thorough background check one family may have embellished or even fabricated the truth in order to be chosen in 2009 Chuck and Terry Sirte were chosen for the show after Terry shared that she and their two daughters Molly and Maggie suffered from severe immunodeficiency diseases causing them to have to wear maps at all times the Surdas were given a massive home complete with high-quality air ventilation systems but the story didn't end there when the family was unable to afford the utility bills they sold the house and moved to Oregon where the kids new doctors questioned the family's diagnosis ultimately those concerns were reported to child welfare offices and the girls were actually removed from the Surdas home after practitioners found that they were not chronically ill but had instead been the victims of medical child abuse no such thing as a free house you'd have to be emotionally dead to make it through an entire episode of Extreme Makeover Home Edition without a few tissues being a hard-working family being given their dream home made you feel good however well the house was free to the families the rest lovin many of these families were left with giant mansions that required higher taxes utility bills and upkeep which means there's been a sad pattern of home makeover families losing their homes to foreclosure after the show where's the reality show did help the new homeowners a little by doing some serious acrobatics to help the families avoid paying taxes on their makeover an IRS loophole says if your home is rented out for less than 15 days per year you do not need to be taxes on that rental income with that in mind the show explains to families that they are renting the house from the family for a week and the improvements of the rental payment meaning they don't have to pay taxes on the improvement well this plan helps families up front will still be responsible for future property taxes that will undoubtedly rise with the increased value of their home and in many cases that has caused the new homeowners to lose their financial bearings after the fact legal troubles it's hard to imagine a scenario where you would actually sue the people who built you your dream home for free but it happened in 2005 Extreme Makeover Home Edition built a house for the Higgins family fine weapons who had lost their parents to cancer and heart failure the homeless built for them and the Leo Metis family who had taken them in the show built from a nine bedroom mansion and even provided new cars and groceries but after the cameras left things got ugly according to the Higgins children the Leo Metis family launched an orchestrated campaign to force them out of the new mansion the family allegedly used racial slurs verbal abuse and physical abuse to drive out the orphans the Higgins children moved out and promptly sued ABC stating they were promised a house which is not in their name though ABC did not make an official statement on the case they did remind fans the show was intended to build a home for the Lea minutes family who had taken in the orphaned kid not such a fairytale story for those ones left behind then huh unhappy neighbors one of the best parts of Extreme Makeover Home Edition is seeing the community come together friends and neighbors drop everything for a week to pitch in and create an incredible house it seems like it's usually a happy experience for everyone but what happens when that family turns around themselves if a family can no longer afford the taxes and utilities they may have no choice but to downsize the problem comes in when the neighbors don't approve of the new buyer in 2010 to show built a new home for Larry and Melissa beach in Houston the beaches had fostered and adopted 85 children with special needs over the years but could not keep up the cost of their new mansion the neighbors began to worry when the home was sold to butch Woolfolk who turned it into a high-end drug rehab center the Daily Mail reported that after donating their time to build this house many neighbors were worried it would now hurt their own property values not mention the fact that no one was thrilled about now living next to a drug rehab facility melt their first or last reality rodeo thanks to its unbelievable success the hosts and designers from Extreme Makeover Home Edition seemed like overnight stars well their fame shot up thanks to the show many had done television before including designer Jillian Harris who started out on ABC's The Bachelorette before signing on to be a reality show designer meanwhile host Ty Pennington got its start as a model went on to star in TLC's Trading Spaces and became the host of the talk show the revolution in 2014 Pennington became the host of TNT cooking competition show on the menu he must have liked the food world because he since become the host of the Food Network series American diner revival where he and his team help struggling diners get a makeover sound familiar thanks for watching click the list icon to subscribe to our YouTube channel plus check out all this cool stuff we know you'll love to

42 Comments

  • The List

    April 14, 2019

    What other reality shows would you like to see us feature next?

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  • BluisRaw02

    April 14, 2019

    As soon as the crew leaves I would call a real estate agent and get ready for a huge flip ?

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  • Corinne Mattinen

    April 14, 2019

    Why put one really show good show down and make everyone on that sound some lier the not wright to me they sound like good people because I LOVE THIS SHOW

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  • Man of the hour

    April 14, 2019

    Tfm

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  • Earlover

    April 14, 2019

    How can it be untold when you tell it here?

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  • Vintage and Antique Automobiles

    April 14, 2019

    Proof that property taxes are terrible

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  • sistakia33

    April 14, 2019

    No good deed…

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  • Sharon Alexander

    April 14, 2019

    That was a great show live it it was a show you could share and identify with

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  • Mama Aimée

    April 14, 2019

    My husband works his ass off and all we want to own is a trailer with 3 bedrooms and 1 1/2 bath ☹️

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  • mezipe64

    April 14, 2019

    I really hope the revival of this show goes better then some of these bad endings

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  • videokid703

    April 14, 2019

    here after hearing extreme makeover might come back

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  • sframe1978

    April 14, 2019

    My thing of this is on those who had to sell, you got a damn house for free. So waht you cant afford the upkeep? Sell it and downsize, you are still better off than before they built your damn house and at least now with the money you make off the house you sell you can invest in a property that may not be as luxurious but is much better than what you had before, unless your wasteful and don't use your money right.

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  • David Gaines

    April 14, 2019

    This show is just like liberal polices giving free shit to people never works or helps them.

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  • pics

    April 14, 2019

    Miss this

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  • WhiteArrow76

    April 14, 2019

    Media bias at its worst.

    The Beach family didn't lose the house because it was too much, they gave it up because they left the foster care program. Early in 2014, a full three years after they got the house, a toddler with severe chronic health problems died while in their care, and that upset them so much they decided to stop fostering. Now, in most states including Texas, the funds allotted to these families is defined by the IRS as 'non taxable income', and one of the allowable uses for those funds is housing expenses, which is why the family struggled only after they left the foster care program, and without those funds from the state, they couldn't afford the house. Therefore, this instance was merely the result of a change in income and was not because of the show

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  • Tim-J.Swan

    April 14, 2019

    You can assume that that family lied, but going off what some practitioners said isn’t good enough. There’s a very big difference between good doctors in a bad doctors, and most are mediocre and simply follow the main stream rather than doing their own independent research. So I’ll just take that with a grain of salt.

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  • Teardropangel30

    April 14, 2019

    i feel bad for those children who lost their parents and got adopted by monsters
    Those people pretty much used those children too get that house
    pitiful truly pitifulI do hope something bad happens too those so called "foster parents"

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  • Corinne Mattinen

    April 14, 2019

    everyone did harm to show deserving that does dozer put down by people they a good thing for people no lies about I loved the show and miss this show Corinne Mattinen

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  • Pauline Marantha

    April 14, 2019

    so what is this event actually like? is it official and free? Is it true that participants in this event are asking for money? even though this is a page view, actually I like to see this program.

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  • John Jones

    April 14, 2019

    I wonder why 99% of the home recipients were black or none white/mixed while 60% of the population is white.

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  • SuperGirl1970 Carver

    April 14, 2019

    yep, I know of a spanish family lieing to CBS

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  • Kovačević Dobrina

    April 14, 2019

    This guy makes me want to puke

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  • Denise

    April 14, 2019

    Funny how you can bash addicts in your video but not once mention that Tye Pennington has attended rehab himself for a cocaine addiction…pfft

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  • Lulzime Aliu

    April 14, 2019

    You guys are lie
    ingggg youu guyss want viuss

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  • Mitternacht Angel

    April 14, 2019

    Taxes should be based on the money that goes into the house, not the size of the house.

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  • Jana Duchkova

    April 14, 2019

    I can´t believe, Ty Pennington used to be a host of a food show of any type. In EHM, in one place, they fed the kids, brought over a pizza stall and some veggie trays, and he went like – brocolli? Blahhhhhh, Nooooo! And made kids booo with him. Then: Pizza? Yeeeees!!

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  • XIV Words

    April 14, 2019

    Probably didn’t really use racia slurs. Always record conversations with black people they will Lie about racism at the drop of a hat

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  • jaybar redspoon

    April 14, 2019

    Their are some real pieces of work in this world. I suspect some who have put there homes up for sale could not afford them and the couple that lived in Kansas well they may have left because they could not afford it or the neighbors who help build it kept throwing in there faces that they got the house because they all built it for them acting like they owned the home too. Or the tornados that hit Kansas may have drove them out.

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  • KaRyn Sweeney

    April 14, 2019

    Ty pennington no thanks

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  • Eric

    April 14, 2019

    4:00 Oh no, not people getting help for drugs! SMH

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  • pskton

    April 14, 2019

    I often wondered how good a house could be when it was put up so fast.

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  • NYAZWoman

    April 14, 2019

    Sometimes having Extreme Makeover help you doesn't really help at all if you can't afford to keep the house they just built for you. I also think when they do these special rooms for the little ones, once they grow up living in a princess castle isn't going to work anymore.

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  • Barbie

    April 14, 2019

    we would always watch this and talk about the taxes and insurance.

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  • S T

    April 14, 2019

    I remember the episode with the two girls. They said that they weren’t allowed to go to school due to the risk of catching a cold and not being able to fight it she was 7.

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  • Stale Pancake Mix

    April 14, 2019

    It's messed up yet hilarious that this upbeat music is being played in the background while the woman talks about cases of medical child abuse, foreclosures, and orphans being backstabbed by their foster parents.

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  • Chickie456

    April 14, 2019

    One thing that kind of irked me about the show was when it came to little kids' rooms like if the kid loved firetrucks they would go so far out with that one thing, like a firetruck looking bed, walk art, toys, etc. But I would question…what happens when the kid gets older and grows out of that stuff? Now the family has to repaint remodel a whole bedroom to fit the now older kid.

    Don't get me wrong I know it's a little kid's dream to have a room to their liking but at least make it fixable or changeable so when the kid does get older and probably out of that stuff it can easily be removed.

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  • Jarrvis

    April 14, 2019

    About the drug rehab home, this made me think: would the addicted (“sick”) people get better if the surrounding community would be supportive rather than anti?
    I have a strong sense that YES they would!
    People who get addicted normally become homeless due to being blacklisted/shunned out of society simply because they have a problem.
    if we’d treat addicts more like we do with mentally ill people who are suffering from problems I believe the situation would be better than it is today.
    However, most wont do this as “addiction” is a “choice” after all, and someone who “chooses” to go down that lane have only themselves to blame I guess.
    It’s a hard thing to combat tbh

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  • Star Tetrahedron

    April 14, 2019

    If only the uber rich 1% had to pay their property taxes…

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  • Brigitte Stack

    April 14, 2019

    So those 5 kids lost both of their parents and get kicked out of their house and are no homeless or whatever? Wtf that's seriously messed up

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  • Don Cheeto

    April 14, 2019

    Shows like these are just dumb.

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  • Dan C

    April 14, 2019

    So this show basically makes poor people even poorer. No wonder it was cancelled.

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  • Marilyn LV

    April 14, 2019

    The show came to our economically depressed area and solicited funds, services and volunteers.

    Everyone was so happy and excited! Our local ABC affiliate promoted the heck out of it.

    When the big day came, all the volunteers were picked up and driven OUT OF STATE, so “our” house could be built in a wealthy community.

    I haven’t watched ABC since.

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