Foreclosure Auction - Hope in the Midst of Chaos.

Posted by Van Purser on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at 9:40am.

One of the insights that I have been routinely reminded of over the last 34 years is that every real estate transaction has the story of people and families associated with it.  Each house contains the experiences, memories; crises and hopes of the families that have lived there.   I was vividly reminded of this recently as I was inspecting foreclosures prior to the Foreclosure Auction in Gwinnet County.

From the street it was obvious that the house had been neglected.  Yard and trees overgrown, siding falling off allowing the elements to enter the house, and unlocked for two years allowing anyone to have access.  Upon entering the house the depth of the chaos that existed while the family had lived there became very clear.  Each room was littered with personal belongings, kid’s toys, and discarded or left behind furnishings.  The family left in such a hurry that the dishwasher was still loaded with dishes; cabinets were left open with food, utensils and condiments still in them.  

As I walked through the home imagining the circumstances that may have existed that led to this level of chaos I arrived in the foyer.     Standing in the foyer unaffected by the chaos was a five foot tall Santa Clause.  He seemed to have been cared for quite well and gave the appearance of hope in the midst of chaos.  

This reminded me that most of our stories involve experiencing chaos in various degrees in our lives, but doing so with a hope that is separate and apart of our circumstance or chaos.  What an encouragement for hope in the midst of chaos, the challenge is; is our hope placed in Santa Clause or in something that promises true hope.

Van Purser and his wife Jeanne are a licensed Real Estate Brokers in Georgia.  Since1984 they successfully purchased and renovated over 400 homes.  Their expertise is in representing Buyers or Sellers as an advocate; which means always ensuring their best interest.  Additionally, they represented hundreds of clients over the years as an Associate Broker with Metro Brokers, RE/Max and now with his own firm.  He and his wife, Jeanne, have been married since 1977.   Van or Jeanne can be reached at 770-623-3313, or by email at or

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