Peter and Keely Dubrova were thrilled after they finally purchased their dream home in Harris County, Texas.
Like most young couples, the pair wanted to make the house into a home by adding a few personal touches. First on the list was a new coat of paint. Together, they chose a bright teal color and took it directly to the home owner’s associate for approval. Once the HOA gave them a thumbs up, the Dubrovas had the house repainted.
Then the death threats started.
It all started after an anonymous realtor posted a photo of their home and asked viewers to leave comments about the unique color. Soon rude viewers were calling the Dubrovas “white trash” and suggesting that the young couple be hanged for bringing down the property value in their area.
The complaints started pouring in, and it wasn’t long before the Dubrovas received a letter from the HOA.
“It got approved by HOA and a week and a half later we got a letter saying that we need to re-paint,” Keely said in an interview with KHOU. “For us, it was scary and the fact that people are coming onto our property to take pictures of our address.”
The relator responsible for the internet outrage met with KHOU for an interview, but refused to release their true identity fearing the bad press might hurt their professional reputation.
“That was absolutely not my intention and I apologize that other people got out of hand with it and they shouldn’t have. I hope they’re ashamed of themselves,” said the realtor about the death threats.
Peter Dubrova is left at a complete loss over what he should do next. “So we are a little confused,” he said about the conflicting information provided by his HOA. “Are we in compliance or not?”
Kelly was heartbroken. “This is our life.,” she said to KHOU. “We live it for each other. We’ve worked hard to afford something like this and I feel like people are squashing our dream.”
Theresa Nichols, another homeowner living nearby, doesn’t think the Dubrovas deserve such a negative response. “I’m not too fond of the color of the house, but I don’t think they should be punished like that,” she said.
The Dubrovas and their neighbors will have a chance to get answers at the next HOA meeting.
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