Stranger buys foreclosed home, gives it back to owner

promoted by roxy - this is a beautiful story ...

My husband and I were driving around town this past weekend, and couldn't help but notice two huge, wooden signs posted in front of two homes in different areas of the city. Both advertised upcoming home auctions. We were horrified by the size of the signs and talked about how we hoped the people had already moved out and didn't have to suffer through that added humiliation.

We lost our business, and then (because we had spent all of our money trying to save it) our home in the upheaval following 9/11. We've been there. It's a nightmare.

Then we mused aloud about how fun it would be - if we had the money - to buy a foreclosed house at an auction and hand it back to the owner.

Just like Texan Marilyn Mock apparently did for a total stranger at a home auction Saturday... probably around the time we were having our little 'Santa' fantasy.

(CNN) -- Tracy Orr sat in the back of the room and prepared to watch her foreclosed home go up for auction this past Saturday. That's when a pesky stranger sat down beside her and struck up a conversation.

"Are you here to buy a house?" Marilyn Mock said.

Orr couldn't hold it in. The tears flowed. She pointed to the auction brochure at a home that didn't have a picture. "That's my house," she said.

Within moments, the four-bedroom, two-bath home in Pottsboro, Texas, went up for sale. People up front began casting their bids. The home that Orr purchased in September 2004 was slipping away.

She stood and moved toward the crowd. Behind her, Mock got into the action. She didn't know I was doing it, Mock says. "I just kept asking her if [her home] was worth it, and she just kept crying. She probably thought I was crazy, 'Why does this woman keep asking me that?'"

Mock says she bought the home for about $30,000. That's when Mock did what most bidders at a foreclosure auction never do.

"She said, 'I did this for you. I'm doing this for you,'" Orr says. "When it was all done, I was just in shock."

I immediately fired off an email to my husband -- "Someone actually DID IT!" The fact is... this is the sort of selflessness that used to (and I believe still does) define us as Americans. We are not the sum total of the bad apples among us. Every society has people who are afraid or who hate. And we are certainly not defined by the differences that some would drum up and emphasize to make us feel alienated from each other. NO -- I have heard it said (and by a friend in Europe) that Americans are at their best when things are worst.

Why be so generous?

"She was just so sad. You put yourself in their situation and you realize you just got to do something," says Mock, who says she has trouble walking by homeless people on the street and not helping them out.

"If it was you, you'd want somebody to stop and help you."

This is who we really are.... or certainly who we can be, at our best. Mock didn't have the means to buy the house 'no strings attached;' she put one of her business dump trucks up as collateral for the loan. What she provided wasn't a hand out, but a helping hand to a neighbor in need. Orr was able to stay in her home... and Mock made made a new fishing friend:

Mock says she's excited for another reason too. Orr's house is located near a Texas fishing hot-spot. "She says I can come up there and fish, and I love to fish!"

Orr, who nearly lost her home, says her newfound friend has "given me back faith and hope to keep going and hold my head up."

If we are in fact facing another depression (like the Great Depression that our parents and grandparents lived through,) we will undoubtedly find ourselves pulling together as communities and taking care of each other. Not charity... just neighborly compassion, as we all seek shelter in these troubled times.


Cross-posted from Daily Kos

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Busy evening - and then I had one devil of a time getting this to format correctly!  I seem to be losing my touch with blog formatting.  

I was astonished when I saw this story on CNN earlier today.  We had just discussed this very thing, and unbelievably on the day that Mock bought the house.  What a triumph of the human spirit!


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I'm still not quite sure what was going wrong... but nothing was indenting and the video was showing up as code!  I finally ended up in text editor (which gave me flashbacks, heh.)  I finally wrangled it to a place where indentations showed up again, but I'm sure you noticed the plethora of quotes along the right margin (love that word, slip it in wherever I can.)

Thanks so much for the help!  Looks MUCH better.

is in need of some TLC. :)

If you just hit enter in the WYSIWIG editor ... it adds paragraph breaks.  I go into the source code and change those to <br><br> ...

That was a fantastic thing those people did. Absolutely. And wonderful of you to post it.


On a more mundane track. I have only been able to get a YouTube up by posting it using plain text  editor: I also tried to do a break when I posted Nick Benton's Corner using the editor but it screwed up. Did it easily by going to the plain text editor and then back I coud do it.  I also notice that when something screws up it is difficult for me to undo it. I have had to repost,


damned near made me cry (we lost our home last May). Made my daughter read it too! Put a big ol' smile on her face.

So sorry to hear about your house.  (Glad the story made your daughter smile!  I was grinning from ear to ear when I found it.)  We landed on our feet, finally, but the experience definitely took a toll on our health and our faith in the 'great American dream.'  Our American dream morphed into a nightmare.  Apparently that is now happening all across the country.

Thank you for sharing it here.  :)