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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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Press Release: What Pulte Homes did not want anyone to see
Thursday, 12 July 2012

Fairhaven Homeowners Expose Severity of Foundation Failures
It is not uncommon that homes 2 years old and less in the Fairhaven subdivision are experiencing failure on 4 to 5 or even 6 foundations in a row, on just one side of the street. Then across the street the same thing is happening.

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Step Back in History 1979 - Little has changed Homebuilder Build Defective Houses
Sunday, 28 March 2010

The Christian Science Monitor News Service 1979:
How to ensure a Home Builder Does Good Work
...
Improved protection for new-home buyers is almost sure to come.  One indicator is the strong new interest in housing problems shown by the Federal Trade Commission.  The watchdog agency's staff recently completed a major discussion paper on consumer housing problems...Elizabeth Dole warned that consumer patience with new home problems is 'rapidly running out" and that unless there is industry wide self-regulation, "You can brace yourself for full-scale, hard-hitting regulation from the government." 

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Express-News Commentary by Janet Ahmad
Monday, 13 February 2006
Comment: Homebuyers deserve better protection
In early 2003 the building industry contrived convincing tales of woe, along with millions in political action committee contributions, that persuaded some Texas lawmakers to help create the unprecedented experimental state agency... In the comptroller's report, there is compelling evidence that lawmakers made a mistake and were duped into going along with the building industry's long-term plan to thwart homeowners. The report gives failing grades to TRCC, and the revelations are reprehensible... despite the requirement for a criminal background check, "TRCC files show that a currently registered builder was convicted of burglary of a vehicle, burglary of a building and attempted homicide. Another builder was convicted of a sex crime and registered as a sex offender just months before he was allowed to register as a homebuilder."
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Slums & Foreclosures of Tomorrow
Thursday, 19 January 2006
Disposable Housing Today are the Slums and Foreclosures of Tomorrow
The home building industry is unregulated and out of control.  Homes are not built to even minimum HUD or State standards, warranties give a false sense of security and are unenforceable.
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Boston Globe - Lemon Law Sought
Wednesday, 21 September 2005
'Lemon' law sought for home buyers 
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Editorial- Avoiding Builder Contracts
Sunday, 10 April 2005

Warning!  Avoiding Builder Contracts that Harm New Home Buyers
How to minimize the risks
A message from Janet Ahmad

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Quote of the Week
Friday, 08 April 2005
Jordan Fogal, commenting on what her builder, Tremont Homes has done to her family
I always wondered what we would do in our sixties... 
I never invisioned that we would have restraining orders against us 
... be homeless,  going to court, sued in AAA. and have to share a closet.
Welcome to the great state of Texas! 
The laws of Texas are against you...
 
Editorial
Sunday, 30 January 2005

Cincinnati Enquirer
Hammer home-builder fraud

Two pairs of local white-collar criminals are prison-bound for similar fraud schemes that ripped off banks and home buyers. Bankers John Finnan and Marc Menne were sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Covington to 63 and 54 months respectively for their roles in the $30 million Erpenbeck home-building fraud. Eleven days earlier, Fairfield home builder Chester Calkins and his wife, Antonette, pleaded guilty to a similar $5 million scam.

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Negative Web postings depict builders as unscrupulous businesspeople
Monday, 24 January 2005

Builder
The Magazine of the National Association of Home Builders
Parallel Universe

The worldview of Home Builders versus that of the people who post negative web sites about them is so different that some might wonder whether the two groups live on the same planet.
The negative Web postings depict builders as unscrupulous businesspeople who market shoddy, hastily built products and force people into binding arbitration agreements that forfeit the legal rights of home buyers.

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Be careful what you ask for in Texas
Thursday, 16 December 2004

           Texas Homeowners with defective homes ask for consumer protection and this is what they got

A Homeowner’s Nightmare: No Protection from Money Pits. The Legislature passed in 2003 HB730, which greatly restricts the rights of homeowners to get their builder to fix major construction problems. Under this new law, homeowners no longer have common law rights to an implied warranty of good and workmanlike construction, nor can they sue for Deceptive Trade Practices. These important rights, once taken for granted, have been replaced by a very limited state-mandated warranty that covers few defects. In addition, a homeowner can’t go to court without first going through a lengthy, bureaucratic process and paying for expensive inspection fees. In short, fewer homeowners’ rights, lots more bureaucracy.

Homebuilders are among the state’s biggest donors. They gave over $5.2 million in our 2002 state elections. The biggest donor in Texas, Bob Perry of Perry Homes, alone gave over $3.8 million. Perry Homes’ general counsel was appointed to the board of the new Residential Construction Commission, which will enforce the new home construction law.

 
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