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A Writers Regrets and Apology
Sunday, 30 August 2009

The news you don't get can hurt like a______
Greg Mikesell, a local custom homebuilder, got indicted this week on a felony charge of stealing $100,000 from an 81-year-old man.  The San Antonio Express-News, anticipating action from the Bexar County District Attorney's office, ran a lengthy Page 1A feature Wednesday. There were a few things the newspaper left out, though. Such as, I was the reporter who wrote that glowing article in 2004, and staff at the newspaper had been aware of problems with Definitive Custom Homes for some time...There was enough information about him lying around for the media to come after him sooner.  We should have. As for my part in all this, I am sorry.

Builder Indicted
Friday, 21 August 2009

KSAT 12:Homebuilder Indicted On Fraud Charges
Greg Mikesell Faces Maximum Of Life In Prison If Convicted

SAN ANTONIO -- A homebuilder accused of fraud by multiple victims has now been indicted on elderly fraud charges, according to the Bexar County District Attorney's office. Greg Mikesell, indicted on charges of elderly fraud, allegedly scammed hundreds of thousands of dollars from multiple victims, said the DA's office. Mikesell was the subject of a KSAT 12 Defenders investigation in March of this year. "He's going to be held accountable on elder fraud for taking $100,000 from a World War II veteran," said District Attorney Susan Reed. "It hurts my heart when I see that happen, so by golly, if I can do something about it. I am and I'm the lady who can." If successfully prosecuted, Mikesell could face five to 99 years in prison or receive a life sentence. Attempts to reach Mikesell as well as his attorney have been unsuccessful. See KSAT Report

Texas, Crimes and Unregulated Building Industry
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Texas, Crimes and Unregulated Building Industry
Thursday, 20 August 2009

Roof falls in on a promising builder
Three homeowners sued Mikesell, claiming shoddy construction, unfinished homes and theft of construction funds. Creditors — including his painting, concrete, tile, framing, roofing and plumbing subcontractors — claim they are owed several hundred thousand dollars in unpaid bills. Altogether, judgments of about $700,000 are on file in Bexar County. ...they use words like con man, cheat and a man without a conscience. “He built my house and cost me a half-million,” said Michael Alisanski, who sued Mikesell last year over numerous problems with an $800,000 house in The Dominion.“He put the wrong roof on my house, we had extensive water damage, my mahogany wood floors were ruined, my drainage is screwed up and I never got a warranty on the house,” Alisanski said. Read comments

TRCC a lingering disease Not dead Yet
Sunday, 14 June 2009

ExpressNews: TRCC reveals its plan to close down
The agency that oversees home building in Texas will be dismantled over the next 14 months ... l Aug. 31... the agency starts a yearlong wind down of its operations. The Sunset Advisory Commission staff last year recommended abolishing the agency, in part because of the inability of the agency to force builders to repair shoddy construction work. Homeowners were forced to go through the agency before going to court, but didn't trust it, the staff report said. “No other regulatory agency has a program with such a potentially devastating effect on consumers' ability to seek their own remedies,” it said.In September, Texas reverts to the pre-TRCC law, the Residential Construction Liability Act, which limited damages homeowners could seek and gave builders the right to repair poor construction.

Houston Chronicle: Department that regulates construction will be phased out
Friday, 12 June 2009

End mapped out for Texas construction agency
The agency that oversees home building in Texas will be dismantled over the next 14 months under a plan announced Friday. But it will be business as usual for builders and homeowners dealing with the Texas Residential Construction Commission until Aug. 31. After that, the agency starts a one-year wind down of its operations. The TRCC is outlining its demise after lawmakers did not act to save the beleaguered agency from the state’s “sunset” process.

Under designed foundations and wasted water
Saturday, 06 June 2009

Express News: Starting All Over
Friday, 05 June 2009

TRCC dies, leaving questions
The often-criticized agency that oversees home building in Texas will be dismantled.As the legislative session wound down this week, lawmakers did not act to save the beleaguered Texas Residential Construction Commission from the state's Sunset process. Now the decision — which many say is unlikely to be reversed in a special session — has consumer advocates, builders' groups, attorneys and even agency officials themselves scratching their heads over how the agency's death will occur... Alex Winslow“We got the agency out of the way and now can start with a fresh slate in the next session,” he said. “We can create a process or agency so that builders are held accountable and homes are built right the first time. The TRCC never really served those goals,” he said.

Builder Bob Perry Wrote the Doomed TRCC
Tuesday, 02 June 2009

Homebuilder watchdog agency could close next year
The Texas Residential Construction Commission appears to be doomed. The agency was supposed to be a way for thousands of Texas homeowners to get their complaints against builders resolved. Instead, many homeowners felt they were being regulated instead of the builders. View Video Report

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