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Organizing your community to bring public attention to builder’s bad deeds and seeking assistance from local, state and federal elected officials has proven to be more effective and much quicker for thousands of families. You do have choices and alternatives.  Janet Ahmad

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Pulte-Centex: The Great Rivermist Wall Collapse Prompts Great Lawsuit
Pulte-Centex Homes
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.

The Boston Global: Pulte Homes contractors fined for failing to pay workers and taxes
Pulte-Centex Homes
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
Pulte-Centex Homes
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
Pulte-Centex Homes
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
Pulte-Centex Homes
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
Pulte-Centex Homes
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
Pulte-Centex Homes
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
Pulte-Centex Homes
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
Pulte-Centex Homes
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

Homeowners Mail Pulte Buy Back Plan Letters
Pulte-Centex Homes
Sunday, 15 January 2012

Homeowners continue to ask builder to buy back their homes
Homeowners living in the Fairhaven subvision in Schertz want their builder, Pulte, to buy back their houses. Members of the group Fairness for Fairhaven Now gathered at a Schertz post office Saturday morning and mailed out dozens of letters to elected officals.  "We mailed one off to President Barack Obama, the Mayor of Schertz, and Governor Rick Perry," said homeowner Ryan Travis.

Inspection of Pulte Homes show defects
Pulte-Centex Homes
Saturday, 07 January 2012

Inspector checks out Fairhaven homes
"A person should not be able to walk up to a wall, push that wall and see it moving like that," explained inspector Mark Eberwine. "A person can't generate the same amount of force that a wind gust can."  A few streets away, Eberwine examined a wall separating from the ceiling that left a noticeable gap. "It's not normal," he said. "This is not normal at all. This is the inability of the foundation to resist deflection to the degree necessary to keep your house from coming apart."

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