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ABC Special Report
Investigation: New Home Heartbreak
Trump - NAHB Homebuilders Shoddy Construction and Forced Arbitration

Property Rights Denied!
Protecting HOA Members' Rights is NOT The #1 Priority
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The High Price of Managed Living, Books and Records Hidden
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Editorial Feature: Part One - Are Homeowners' Rights a Myth? 

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Star-Telegram: Open House Feature Defective Pulte-Centex Houses
Monday, 06 February 2012

New San Antonio-area homeowners protest problems
Residents of the Fairhaven subdivision in Schertz had "Open House" signs in their front yards Saturday as politicians and other officials listened to complaints of foundation cracks and sticking doors.

AP Wire: Open House Protest Poorly Built Homes
Monday, 06 February 2012

Residents Hold Open House To Protest Poorly Constructed New Homes
A group of San Antonio-area homeowners is so frustrated with the deterioration of their new homes they've held an open house for elected officials and others to try to bring attention to the problems. ...Residents said about one-third of the 210 homes in the neighborhood have issues.

Schertz Mayor Baldwin Defies Logic for City Homebuyer Protections
Wednesday, 01 February 2012

Schertz mayor weighs in on Fairhaven homes issue
Every house was issued an "occupancy certificate" attesting to that. Every house was inspected by our building officials as it was constructed to assure that it was built according to our codes... But “things” began to happen to this subdivision. Foundations began to crack, and walls (interior and exterior) began to shift. Driveways began to separate from the foundations; interior doors began to jam; waterlines in some slabs broke and problems continued to happen — first to a few of the homes, and now to a large number.

Pulte-Centex Big Slick Business Moves Offer No Help To Homeowners
Wednesday, 01 February 2012

Centex sues two local companies - Blames them for retaining wall collapse
Millions of dollars were spent by the subdivision's builder, Centex, repairing the wall and buying back 22 homes. Now, in the lawsuit, they are claiming they weren't responsible for the collapse. Centex says two local companies are to blame... But when Centex bought back those 22 homes, they bought their way into the HOA; giving them every right to sue the companies who designed and constructed the wall. If they win, homeowners probably won't see a dime of that money.

Schertz Foundation Slip Sliding and Cracking Away
Wednesday, 01 February 2012

Schertz homeowners worried houses not safe
Some frustrated homeowners in Schertz say they're fed up with foundation problems, which are causing homes to slide and crack.  Fairhaven homeowner Diana Taylor worries a French drain built by Pulte won't be enough to protect her home. "We've had an engineer come with a report and tell us our home is sliding backwards.  I'm kind of tilting to the left like. They gave us the report and said they'd be back in six months," Diana told us...

Homeowners requesting that the homebuilder buy back their homes
Wednesday, 01 February 2012

Schertz residents appeal, ‘Buy back our houses'
Several homeowners in a Schertz subdivision whose homes have various structural problems, including cracking foundations, are requesting that the homebuilder buy back their homes. Homeowners who live in the Fairhaven subdivision off Interstate 35 and FM 1103 want Pulte Homes to buy back 55 homes. In a show of unity, all the homeowners will mail their letters, requesting a buy back from Pulte, on Saturday at the Schertz Veterans Post Office.

Pulte-Centex: The Great Rivermist Wall Collapse Prompts Great Lawsuit
Thursday, 26 January 2012

 Paul G. Vick, Homeowner's attorney, statement
We have filed suit against PULTE HOMES, INC., PULTE HOMES OF TEXAS, L.P., and CENTEX HOMES, INC. in Bexar County District Court on behalf of ten families who were displaced from their homes because of the retaining wall collapse in the Rivermist neighborhood. The lawsuit alleges violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA), as well as other state law claims for damages associated with the wall collapse. Centex has described the collapse as an "unfortunate event"; however our clients believe it to be a gross breach of responsibility on the part of Pulte-Centex in failing to obtain proper permits as required by the International Residential Code and the International Building Code; failing to construct the wall in accordance with the engineering plans and specifications, and failing to follow standard engineering practices in the construction of the wall.

Unregulated and Uncontrolled Development the Freedom to Rob Someone
Thursday, 26 January 2012

$200,000 bought nothing but trouble
Dominguez and two dozen other buyers shelled out more than $200,000 apiece for spacious, 11-acre-plus residential lots. They had big plans to start building custom homes quickly on their rustic properties near Leon Creek and move in. That was seven years ago. Today, the dream homes are just that — a dream...Clearwater Ranch totaled $4.3 million, according to deeds filed at the Bexar County Courthouse.

The Boston Global: Pulte Homes contractors fined for failing to pay workers and taxes
Tuesday, 24 January 2012

State fines Pulte Homes contractors in pay case
Construction contractors working at Pulte Homes development sites were hit with more than $540,000 in fines and penalties yesterday for allegedly failing to pay dozens of employees. The enforcement action was one of the largest in recent history focusing on the projects of a single home builder. Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office said that the laborers at the Pulte sites, many Brazilian immigrants, were not paid regular wages or overtime for several weeks of work by five subcontractors. Back wages totaled more than $190,000. ...Pulte failed to pay unemployment taxes and misclassified workers as independent contractors...

Pulte Homes Construction Defects
Monday, 23 January 2012

Pulte-Centex Construction Defects Feature Page
Things are not so rosy in neighborhood
See Gallary of Photo's from Shertz Texas.

Univision 41 Reports: Homeowners Protest Pulte Homes in Schertz Texas
Monday, 23 January 2012

Estás Viendo: Protestan la mala construcción de viviendas
Propietarios de ¨fairheaven¨ protestan los varios fallos que se han encontrado en múltiples casas recién construidas.  Signs: "Pulte Buy Back Our Lemon" "Fairness For Fairhaven NOW" "Buyer Beware"  "Sick of Bad Building"  "Pulte Unfair" "Pulte Homes Are Falling Down"  "Homeowners Need A Home Lemon Law"  "Got Cracks?"

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Homeowner to protest until Pulte agrees to buy their homes back
Sunday, 22 January 2012

Fairness for Fairhaven: Residents want Pulte to buy back their homes
Fairness for Fairhaven: That was the message residents of a Schertz subdivision wanted to deliver to the company that built their homes. "We thought we had it all," said Molly Casa, a homeowner.  "Soon after, we started having problems."

Press Releases - Pulte-Centex
Thursday, 19 January 2012

Fairness for Fairhaven NOW Press Releases
Homeowners Want Pulte to Buy Back Defective Houses

Schertz Mayor Baldwin Agrees Pulte Homeowners Need Buy Back
Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Mayor: Some homes "need" to be re-purchased
"I wouldn’t want to live in one of those houses either.  If I was out there I’d probably be right there in the middle of the group. …Absolutely some of them need to be repurchased…"
The mayor of Schertz said some homes in the Fairhaven neighborhood "need" to be bought back. "Some of them need to be re-purchased. ...I don't know how severe the problems are in all of those houses," Mayor Hal Baldwin said...  About 60 homeowners have complained about problems with their foundations, and they want the builder, Pulte Homes, to buy back their houses. Several said they had tried to get information from the city and Pulte about inspections or plans in the neighborhood, but were unable to get any answers.

Military Family Stationed in Japan Send Pulte Buy Back Request
Monday, 16 January 2012

Family Serving Country Troubled With Pulte Home in Fairhaven
Fairhaven Family stationed in Japan mail buy back letter to Pulte as well as copies to federal, state and local officials asking for their help.

60 Homeowner’s Send Buy Back Letters
Sunday, 15 January 2012

Schertz homeowners demanding buyback
The homeowners say they have had foundation problems that are also causing other issues. “We have cracked foundations, vertical cracks, horizontal cracks, tile moving, ceilings that are moving up,” said homeowner Faye Touve. Touve and other residents started a campaign against Pulte Homes on Saturday, sending letters to local, state and federal agencies. Related article: Pulte-Centex A No Show At Meeting * More videos for Pulte construction defects

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