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Time Magazine - Life Form Mold & Toxic Mold
Saturday, 05 January 2002

Beware:Toxic Mold
Sharyn Iler, 52, of the Woodlands, Texas, an upscale suburb of Houston, couldn't figure out what was wrong. Every time she went into her bathroom to put on makeup, her eyes started burning. She felt constantly exhausted, her vision was blurry and she had a dry cough that just wouldn't quit. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998, Iler feared the worst. Perhaps after two years of remission, the disease had returned. She never imagined that the source of her troubles might lie buried within the walls of her $300,000 home...

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Life Form Homes - The Iler Story
Saturday, 05 January 2002
The Iler Story About Their Life Forms Homes In The Woodlands, Texas
We, Bruce & Sharyn Iler were force to leave our Life Forms home in the Lake Pointe sub division in the Woodlands on March 3 because of mold related to EIFS siding and other faulty  issues on the part of Life Forms.
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Pulte Homes foundation problems
Tuesday, 27 November 2001

VA looks into Pulte Homes after complaint
The VA has also requested copies of other construction complaints received from homeowners in all Pulte subdivisions in the Houston area in which the foundation design has been used since 1999, according to HomeOwners for Better Building.  HomeOwners is encouraging all Pulte homeowners with HUD/FHA and VA loans in the Houston area and throughout Texas with signs of foundation problems to send a certified letter to Pulte Homes and file a complaint with either the FHA or VA.

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Judge near death - Mold in courthouse
Wednesday, 01 August 2001

Test results prove dangerous mold in Bexar County Courthouse 
According to one county judge, it's mold that nearly cost her life. "When I first started getting sick, they were remodeling this courtroom," said County Court at Law No. 3 Judge Shay Gebhardt.

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Home-Related Issues Dominate Consumer Complaints
Wednesday, 09 May 2001
Consumers gripe most about home improvements, which for the first time topped auto service problems as the greatest source of ire from the buying public, but problems with household goods, equity loans, utilities, landlord-tenant issues and mail order concerns also often generate consumers' wrath.
 
Net-Based Consumers Fight Defective Homes
Wednesday, 09 May 2001

Net-Based Consumers Fight Defective Homes
by Broderick Perkins
Grass roots consumer action aimed at new home defects is yielding unprecedented results -- including a landmark bill that could force builders to buy back or replace defective homes. 

What could be the nation's first lemon law for new homes -- as well as recent major media investigations of new home defects -- can all be linked to a ground swell of unresolved complaints from home owners who are joining forces on the Internet.  READ MORE

 
Homebuyers push for protection from defective houses [New Jersey]
Sunday, 06 May 2001

Published in the Courier News on Homebuyers push for protection from defective houses   By LARRY HIGGS Staff Writer The Crosbys and Kellys have forwarded a proposed lemon law to Assemblyman Christopher "Kip" Bateman, R-Branchburg, who said he is reviewing it."

Learn More: http://www.c-n.com/news/c-n/story/0,2111,392672,00.html

 
MASSACHUSETT CONSIDERING A HOME LEMON LAW!
Saturday, 05 May 2001

Lemon law sought for home buyers
By Walter V. Robinson and Michael Rezendes, Globe Staff, 5/5/2001.
"In a proposal that could lead to a national precedent, the state's top consumer official said yesterday that new home buyers should have the same protections the Massachusetts ''lemon'' law provides for new car buyers, who can get their money back if serious flaws go unrepaired." READ MORE

 
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David Weekley: Dreams were built on shifting sands
Thursday, 27 June 1996

Slab o' Trouble
Some David Weekley homebuyers discovered their dreams were built on shifting sands. What's worse, they say, is that Weekley knew...the foundation was splitting apart, in effect twisting the whole structure like a pretzel. When the kitchen wallpaper was peeled back, the Sheetrock looked like a spider web. "I came home and saw all the cracks," says Claudia, "and I started crying."...one of the windows suddenly groaned and bowed outward like a giant bubble, then cracked...A foundation repair company jacked up the house and put in piers to stabilize the slab -- three times.

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David Weekley's Texans for Lawsuit Reform
Thursday, 27 June 1996

Weekley for the Defense
If the Murillos, Townsends and Ganjis tried to bring their suits against David Weekley Homes today, they might have a tougher time in court, thanks to revisions in the law approved during the 1995 legislative session. Those changes were largely due to the efforts of Texans for Lawsuit Reform and its founder, shopping center developer Dick Weekley, David's brother. Not that Dick Weekley intended it that way. When the intense, angular developer says that helping his brother's business was the furthest thing from his mind, one gets the impression that to disagree could prove fatal. "I don't think about Weekley Homes when I'm talking about tort reform," he says. "I think about the agenda that's been developed by people all across the state, and Weekley Homes is never an issue."

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KB and Housing Authority still in Hot Seat

Panel seeks independent probe of SAHA
After listening to a dozen angry residents complain about problems they're having buying homes in the taxpayer-funded Villas de Fortuna subdivision, the City Council's Urban Affairs Committee called Tuesday for an independent investigation of the San Antonio Housing Authority, which had the homes built. The proposal must go before the entire City Council for approval. As proposed by District 6 Councilwoman Delicia Herrera, the investigation would be funded by SAHA but controlled by the city, which would find independent investigators to look at the lease-to-purchase program, evaluate the agency's handling of residents' concerns and provide solutions to problems that have endured through three SAHA CEOs, three chief operating officers, and a slew of other officials.

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Texas Legislature may take giant step to squash Mortgage Fraud

Tougher mortgage fraud penalties eyed
Mortgage fraud is on the rise, and the Texas Legislature may take a giant step to squash it. Instead of penalizing mortgage fraud perpetrators under general fraud laws, a pending bill would establish specific punishments for mortgage fraud, including imprisonment for up to 20 years and fines of up to $10,000 for knowingly making false statements...Early mortgage defaults, a sign of fraud, are problems in large Texas cities. Houston ranked as the third-worst city for loans originated between 2002 and '05. Dallas-Fort Worth ranked sixth. San Antonio tied for No. 11 with Columbus, Ohio, making these cities "potential fraud hot spots," according to the institute.

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Chairman:Itís time to get some significant changes in place for citizens

Texas House panel lashes out at HOAs
House committee challenged homeowners associations Monday to consider greater concessions, with lawmakers using their harshest tone yet against groups resistant to compromise. “At least register so we know who the hell you are,” said Rep. Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton, taking aim at association representatives’ resistance to tighter monitoring regulations. “At the end of the day, we can’t seem to get here with these groups.”  Calling associations “at least quasigovernmental,” Rep. Dwayne Bohac, R-Houston, said that “the scales are still tilted to HOA protections.”

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