One of my neighbors has had a rough time of it for the last few years. She's decided to head back home to the U.K. (can't say as I blame her) and as such is walking away from her home that I'm pretty sure she can't pay for on her own. Her family used to consist of 3 boys and her husband, after a drug OD, suicide, and her youngest son being incarcerated, only the one son (he has his own family and does not live in the home) and her remain. Her youngest son (incarcerated) left behind a Pit Bull which the poor animal is condemned to spend his days locked in his sheltered enclosure with just food, water, and near zero human attention. He frequently moans and otherwise expresses his loneliness but otherwise seems healthy. He will be dropped at a shelter if they can't find a home for him before she departs. What really is eating me is today, I see the oldest son's FIL loading up a beautiful stone wall into his pickup and leaving just the bare dirt walls behind. He already took the caps and now is working on the rest of the wall. Obviously they intend to simply walk-away from the mortgage but really? C'mon here. That wall was the only piece of "curb appeal" the home had going for it. I'm just a bit disheartened by the whole thing as I know their is nothing I can do about it really since technically it is their wall to give away still. But property values are way down here (many foreclosures in the area) and this sure isn't going to help. My wife and I are planning a major addition to our home but I'm having second thoughts about it now. We like this house and the overall location but the neighborhood has been taking a turn for the worse lately. We have been on the lookout for another home but finding one that is in an area acceptable to her, would allow me to continue my small repair business and be within reach financially, is quite a challenge. The tax rates here pretty much rule out anything with any kind of acreage or seclusion.