Deconstruction Hurts Many Homeowners

Deconstruction is a word making it’s rounds right now. It is a phrase being used to describe the practice of removing fixtures from a home facing foreclosure.

Recently, a local man was arrested and charged with defrauding a secure creditor and criminal damage after the deconstruction of his Chandler home.

Unfortunately, this has been a very common practice for the past couple years as the wave of foreclosures spreads throughout the valley. I see many foreclosed homes where the sinks, toilets, air conditioning units, water heaters, cabinets, counter tops, lighting and even landscaping items have been removed or vandalized. This theft and vandalism is obviously not helping the real estate market and probably effects the values of the entire neighborhood.

A quick look at Craigslist will often show ads for materials from a home and often sounds suspiciously similar to the practice of “deconstruction.” Just like any other criminal damage, police encourage homeowners to be aware of their surroundings and to watch foreclosed homes in their neighborhoods and report any suspicious activity.

Of course, if you are struggling with keeping your home and need any good resources to discuss your options, I am here to help as best we can. Short sale and foreclosures are a huge part of the real estate market right now. I am happy to discuss your situation and have some very helpful attorneys and and industry professionals that can answer your short sale or foreclosure questions for you. As always, if you have any real estate related questions, “Just Call Nick!”

About Nick Bastian

Nick Bastian is a 26 year veteran of the real estate industry and enjoys his career very much. Nick is always available to "talk shop" with anyone that may have real estate related questions. "Just Call Nick" at 602-803-NICK (6425) - he's glad to help.
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  1. I think these kind of actions really don’t come as a surprise. If people are going to lose their home they are going to blame the people taking to from them and try to either destroy or take anything of value. Nobody wins in situations like these.

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