Hoarder’s House Auctioned For $35,000 In Schaumburg

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (CBS) — The foreclosed home of a reported hoarder in Schaumburg has been sold at auction.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Lisa Fielding reports, John Wuerffel lived in his car, which was parked in his driveway. The Village of Schaumburg had declared his home too much of a health hazard and said he couldn’t live there.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Lisa Fielding reports

The Daily Herald now reports the Hoffman Estates-based real estate company Right Residential bought the foreclosed home for $35,000.

The firm plans to gut the home, located on the 1400 block of Hampton Lane, and renovate it to bring it back to its approximately $175,000 value, the Daily Herald reported.

The house and garage were filled floor-to-ceiling with items Wuerffel claimed he planned to sell to recyclers, the Daily Herald reported. Among the items were metal cans, full cardboard boxes, about 30 automobile tires, an old Jaguar, a motorcycle, bicycles, handguns, rifles and shotguns.

The Daily Herald reports in the colder month, Wuerffel stayed in homeless shelters, or parked his car away from his house and turned the heater on and off. But he returned to his house and lived in his car in the driveway when the shelters were closed, the newspaper reported.

  • dan

    Mental Cans and a Jag Wire? Who wrote this article a 5th grader?

    • Richard

      I used to have a Jag Wire. Now I drive a Moth Eighties.

      • spencer

        That sir was a good one. It gave me a big belly laugh.

    • Centurion

      They either corrected the spelling…or you are just a jerk. I wonder which one it is.

  • the rapture

    are they going to feature this house on the hoarders show – I want to see what the inside looks like

  • polyglot01

    I hope that someone will see to it that this man gets the help that he apparently needs.

  • non

    What is a jag wire?

    • Vince

      Don’t know what that is,but i do know a few JAG OFFS…my boss for one.

  • Spencer in Schaumburg

    The wheels on the Jag were Flat,Flat,Flat.

  • dan

    They corrected the spelling centurdion so actually your the jerk…

  • Lyndia

    Where are the racist comments? If this man was black, it would be filled the those comments. However, since this is a WHITE MAN, he needs help right?

  • Toonces

    Whoever wrote it either has a Masters in English or else she gives some darn good head.

  • missy

    Black man wrote the article. Happy now.

  • Joe in Missouri

    I vote for more government forcing people to live in their cars (and that’s not a health hazard?)

    Now the guy is homeless. And that’s not a health hazard?

    How does a man living in a filthy house present a health hazard to anyone else? And is it not his God given right to live in filth if he wants? Instead the state steals his home.

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