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NEW FEATURE: Connecticut Homeowners Website
Monday, 06 June 2016

Connecticut Coalition Against Crumbling Basements
Countless homeowners in northeastern Connecticut (and lower parts of Massachusetts) are facing crumbling basement walls that provide the foundation upon which their houses sit. Cracking, flaking, bowing, and separation of the concrete has been progressing on these homes, built between 1980s to 1998. The damage appears to take decades or more to appear, yet there is no magic number or formula to determine the rate at which a home will begin to fail, or when it will become unsound to inhabit. The date range of 1980 to 1998 is only a current estimate.

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Builder Fraud Charges
Monday, 06 June 2016

Former Whitestown-based builders charged with $1.2M in fraud
The co-owners of a Whitestown-based homebuilder that filed for bankruptcy in 2013 have been arrested and charged with theft, corrupt business influence, perjury and forgery, Indiana State Police announced Saturday. Ogle is already facing similar felony counts in Marion County after prosecutors charged him in February 2015 with defrauded a homeowner whose house was damaged in the 2012 Richmond Hill neighborhood explosion.

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Homebuilder to pay $11 M for Bank Fraud & Mortgage Scam
Sunday, 05 June 2016

Seeno company charged with bank fraud, fined $11 million
Six years after federal agents raided the Seeno homebuilder headquarters, federal prosecutors Friday criminally charged Discovery Sales with bank fraud and the East Bay family’s company will plead guilty and agree to pay $11 million in fines and restitution, according to unsealed court documents. ... scam that allowed the Seeno companies to continue selling properties at high prices during the housing market downturn by obtaining mortgages through illegal means.

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Texas Needs Home Lemon Law
Saturday, 04 June 2016

Limited help for Texans with defective homes
Homeowners concerned over unlicensed Texas builders. Taylor Morrison Homes built Gribble’s house. According to court documents, the nation-wide builder has a history of complaints involving defective homes outside Texas. "If we have a lemon law it’s just logical. If you build a bad house you will stand by it or you’ll have to buy it back, said Janet Ahmad, president of Homeowners for Better Building.

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Behind HOA 'Irony' Gates
Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Neatly ordered living in a cage of wrought irony
All across the city’s northern tier there dwells a strange tribe – they’re variously called conservatives, Republican or just plain rich people – whose members oppose big government, heavy taxes and socialistic infringements on property rights.  But then, what do they turn around and do?  They move into hotsy-totsy enclaves and set up their own extra governments with their own extra taxes and their own extra limits on property rights.

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Big Corporate Business of HOA Non-Judicial Foreclosures
Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Texas Consumers Call for Investigation of Property Management Industry
and Attorney Misconduct

See Home Owners for Better Building Press Release
Read WFAA Report Featuring Senator Carona Walk Out

See Associa Priority of Payment Attorney Fee First Contract:
#1 Attorney Fees - #6 Homeowners Dues
Big Corporate Business of HOA Foreclosures
1,425% Profits for the Non-Profits HOA Empire - The Hammer of HOA Foreclosures

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The Quorum Report: Senator West - may be best possible in this political environment
Tuesday, 26 January 2016

HOA REFORMERS SAY WEST'S BILL STILL NEEDS TWEAKING
The latest iteration of what has become a perennial effort to reform homeowners’ associations (HOAs) has hit a bit of a speed bump – the would-be reformers themselves... “If it passes the way it is, it’s not good for us,” said Janet Ahmad of the Texas HOA Reform Coalition. “It legitimizes a private government. We don’t need another government in our lives. It’s a funded mandate.” See March 23, 2011 hearing on SB142 Part II

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Consumer Affairs: BBB Favors Big Business - Not Consumer Friendly
Saturday, 31 October 2015

Do dues-paying members get higher grades than non-members? Many people think of the Better Business Bureau as a consumer watchdog, but a report by CNN Money finds the organization has given top ratings to companies that have faced action by government regulators and lawsuits by angry consumers... BBB also notes that it does not identify itself as a consumer watchdog, but rather as a mediator between businesses and consumers.

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HUD Scandal Deep in the Heart of Texas
Thursday, 01 October 2015

High-Income Texans Find Homes in Public Housing
Deep in the heart of rural, southeast Texas, a family living in public housing meant for low-income families has a total household income of $285,971 a year.  In Olney, Texas — near Wichita Falls — a family receiving taxpayer subsidies to pay rent makes $227,709, while another family residing in public housing in Pineland on the eastern edge of the state makes $184,499.

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HUD Sec. Castro - HUD Scandals in San Antonio
Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Obama Nominates Castro In Spite of Texas HUD Scandal
President Barrack Obama nominated San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development on May 23rd in spite of his city’s alleged misuse of funds from that same federal department. The Post piled a lot of praise on the back of San Antonio’s youngest ever elected mayor, but completely failed to mention the brewing scandal in San Antonio’s financial relationship with the very department Castro is now nominated to head.

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HUD Sec. Castro Gives Lip Service to San Antonio HUD Scandals
Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Castro dealing with scandal-laden HUD
When the inspector general for the Department of Housing and Urban Development scolded the federal agency this summer for letting 25,000 “over income” families reside in public housing — more than 1,000 of them in Texas — HUD initially fought back. Castro has challenges ahead, illustrated by a tally presented by Montoya in June: 106 arrests; 133 indictments or charges; and 179 convictions, plea bargains or diversions related to agency programs — in a six-month period.

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