Burleson woman's HOA crisis resonates with WFAA viewers

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by CRAIG CIVALE

WFAA

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 10:51 PM

Updated Saturday, May 15 at 12:14 AM

BURLESON — Sherre Mueller admits it was her mistake; her battle.

But thanks to the generosity of News 8 viewers, the Burleson woman is on the verge of getting back the house that her homeowners' association sold.

Now her focus isn't on foreclosure — she's looking toward the future.

The response to her story that was first broadcast Wednesday night was overwhelming. "Oh my goodness, this is unbelievable!" she exclaimed.

Mueller spent Thursday returning calls and responding to dozens of supportive e-mail messages.

Mueller home was foreclosed on earlier this year because she fell behind on her HOA dues. She has only a few more weeks to scrape together enough money to get it back.

Her story seemed to touch many who saw it. "These are all strangers," she said. "They don't know me; don't know anything about me; and they want to help me."

Mueller's husband died in 2005. She used the insurance money from his death to purchase their $150,000 home outright.

Being unemployed, she sold her jewelry to help pay bills, but let her $300 annual HOA dues go unpaid for four years.

Now, many people are offering to pay the $3,200 it will take to get her home back.

But even simple words of kindness and compassion have gone a long way to help a woman who had already lost so much.

"I can't even explain what it's done for my life," Mueller said. "I can't explain how it's turned my life around and made me love people more than I ever have in my life."

The attorney for the Mistletoe Hills HOA told News 8 he's happy Mueller is getting the help she needs to get her home back. He also said he hopes she will be able to pay her HOA fees in the future so something like this never happens again.

E-mail ccivale@wfaa.com

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