Left behind: Foreclosure property
When Oklahomans reach economic distress, many have no other option but to surrender their home.
Currently around the OKC metro, there are 319 home foreclosures.
In most cases, financially-strapped families pack up everything and move on but not always.
Auctioneer Louis Dakil said, “Just cut your loses. Just boogie. That’s what they do.”
Dakil’s Oklahoma City warehouse is filled with seized merchandise.
He has everything from Christmas trees to cars.
Dakil said, “A lot of vehicles are abandoned. Now and then we get a good one.”
The shelves are stacked floor to ceiling with more than a million dollars in merchandise.
Several times a month, it’s auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Dakil told us, “They leave appliances. Anything that’s not essential for their needs right then, they’re trying to get out, they’re gone. It’s amazing what people will leave. It’s surprising.”
One of the most surprising things left behind are family pets.
Broke and broken-hearted, they just can’t afford this additional expense.
One shelter employee told us, “Neighbors call and say the animals have been abandoned. Sometimes we find them without food and water for days. They just pick up and leave.”
In some cases, the property will be sold “as is.”
Some homes come complete with furniture, food in the pantry and clothes in the closet.
The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department is currently preparing dozens of foreclosed homes for auction.
The homes are available every other Thursday.