Foreclosure Vandalism on the Rise

This is a house that has not been loved. In fact, she has been downright abused. From the front, she appears to be a nice, whitewashed North Dallas ranch in a neighborhood about three miles north of Preston Hollow, where former President and Mrs. Bush now live in a gated cul de sac. Whoever abused this poor home took their anger out on her because they were forced out by foreclosure.

Such home bashing is not uncommon. While no statistical information is kept on the amount of damage homeowners inflict on a property once it has gone into foreclosure --- not at the Urban Land Institute, not even at Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies -- the anecdotal stories abound.