Personal Reflections on Forclosures in Pasquotank County

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It can happen to anyone. She was my first teacher. She was the teacher who taught me that I could do anything if I set my mind on it and worked hard. She named colors, said the alphabet, and identified the seasons. She helped me learn right from wrong and showed me that education was the key to a bright future. She taught me that you could tie your shoelaces together, and fall on your face when you forget you tied your shoelaces together, and get back up and smile. Foreclosure can happen to anyone.

It can happen to anyone. He was my cousin’s high school sweetheart. After terrible hurricanes hit our area, he was the first one at our home to help. He would play basketball with me when most teenagers his age would laugh at the short and fat kid with glasses. He would hug and kiss on the cheek the grandmother that I loved more than anything. He could put a smile on anyone’s face. Then he had a little too much to drink and he drove. After they clawed open the truck, he was lucky to be alive. The medical bills piled up. Foreclosure can happen to anyone.

It can happen to anyone. She was the councilwoman who represented the city that I love so much. She was the successful real estate agent whose congratulations meant so much to me when I passed the state exam to become a real estate agent. She was the lady who walked her dog, waved and smiled, every single time in front of my house each day as I ran around with my friends. She was the woman who always had a positive thing to say and was always doing something positive for the community. Foreclosure can happen to anyone.

The housing crash and the following recession changed lives forever. This downturn was based around the decisions made by individuals and by large corporate entities. The individuals believed in the large corporate entities. Families lost the jobs that they cherished; the equity they built up for decades vanished. These issues touched people who were trying to make a better tomorrow for those they cared about. I cared deeply about many who were affected.

During my time researching Pasquotank County foreclosure files for the Foreclosure Project, I viewed documents that displayed stories that I will never understand. I also viewed documents whose stories I understood too well. The Pasquotank County Clerk of Superior Court, Lynne Pike, stated that during the heart of the recession that the economy and foreclosure situation was "as bad as I've ever seen it.” She worked in the clerk's office for 42 years. This time period shows that foreclosure can happen to anyone.

Posted by William P. Norrell on Mon. August 17, 2015 3:34 PM
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