The brighter side of foreclosure

 

  • Sam Dwyer is fixing up a house that he and his wife bought at an auction earlier this month.
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    Sam Dwyer is fixing up a house that he and his wife bought at an auction earlier this month.
  • Sam Dwyer makes fine funiture and runs his own sawmil.
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    Sam Dwyer makes fine funiture and runs his own sawmil.
  • The pink house is nestled in the Shenandoah Mountains, but it's been abandoned for years, and it's in sad shape. It sat on the market for a long time before a bank foreclosed on it.
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    The pink house is nestled in the Shenandoah Mountains, but it's been abandoned for years, and it's in sad shape. It sat on the market for a long time before a bank foreclosed on it.
  • This old wheel barrel, like a lot of the trash at this house, evokes an earlier time when people cared about the pink house.
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    This old wheel barrel, like a lot of the trash at this house, evokes an earlier time when people cared about the pink house.
  • Sam separates the metal from the rest of the junk.
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    Sam separates the metal from the rest of the junk.
  • The family that left the pink house didn't take time to take their belongings with them.
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    The family that left the pink house didn't take time to take their belongings with them.
  • Neighbor Jeff Snay and his son Lincoln stop by to see how Sam Dwyer's project is going.
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    Neighbor Jeff Snay and his son Lincoln stop by to see how Sam Dwyer's project is going.
  • Sam lets Lincoln "drive" his tractor.
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    Sam lets Lincoln "drive" his tractor.
  • Dwyer and his wife Connie haven't even closed on the house yet, but they're diving in to bring it back to life.
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    Dwyer and his wife Connie haven't even closed on the house yet, but they're diving in to bring it back to life.
  • An old car with a 1998 registration sticker on the window has been planted in front of the pink house as long as anyone can remember.
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    An old car with a 1998 registration sticker on the window has been planted in front of the pink house as long as anyone can remember.
  • A neighbor picks up the scrap metal from the pink house, even the old car, at no charge.
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    A neighbor picks up the scrap metal from the pink house, even the old car, at no charge.

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