The continuing housing slump, which has greatly affected single-family home construction in the Brazos Valley, has extremely far-reaching effects. Even the TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” has been hit by the repurcussions. The show, which provides home renovations for deserving families, has seen a huge decline in the number of builders able or willing to offer their services and resources to needy families.
Not long ago, the producers of the show were looking to makeover a home in the Bryan/College Station area. Hank Roraback, president of the United Way of the Brazos Valley, states that there are over 4,000 substandard homes that people are living in right here in Bryan/College Station. That speaks for itself.
Though the recession has made it a struggle, the show has been able to find builders to appear on the competition, enabling the completion of the show’s 200th home and seventh season.
However, the long-running show has had to change its approach. Producers have pushed for more budget-friendly, smaller, energy-efficient homes.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is in the midst of illustrating what the entire country is experiencing. Single-family home construction dropped 0.9% in March. And high unemployment and foreclosure rates are expected to continue to have negative effects on the housing industry.
Clay Lee – Realtor
Century 21 Beal, Inc.
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