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Pulte Homeowners Get Support from State Representative Kuempel
Friday, 23 December 2011

Schertz homeowners getting big support
Some Fairhaven homeowners are getting big support in their efforts to get the builder to buy back their homes.About 30 homeowners met with members of the Homeowners for Better Building and state Representative John Kuempel Monday evening to discuss the foundation problems many say they are experiencing in the neighborhood.  The majority at the meeting said they were dealing with "major" problems, including foundation shifting, sinking and cracking, some of which appeared to be cracking horizontally through the slab, according to Janet Ahmad, president of HOBB.

Schertz homeowners getting big support

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SCHERTZ, Texas - Some Fairhaven homeowners are getting big support in their efforts to get the builder to buy back their homes.

About 30 homeowners met with members of the Homeowners for Better Building and state Representative John Kuempel Monday evening to discuss the foundation problems many say they are experiencing in the neighborhood.  The majority at the meeting said they were dealing with "major" problems, including foundation shifting, sinking and cracking, some of which appeared to be cracking horizontally through the slab, according to Janet Ahmad, president of HOBB.  Others at the meeting said they were having some minor problems but were concerned about what could develop in the future.

Rep. Kuempel said he would be willing to work with all of the homeowners and Pulte Homes to try to resolve their issues.

Bruce and Faye Touve hosted the meeting at their house, which they say has had problems since three years ago.  She said she recently heard a large popping noise and thought it was something on the stove.  She says she quickly realized it was the foundation cracking and the tile coming loose.

"The back right side of my house was 3.5 inches lower than the front side.  It's now progressed to 4.5 inches," she explained.

Brian and Peggy Benavides said they have been having foundation issues since shortly after buying their first home four years ago.

"48 beams under a house 46 feet down and it's still cracking.  I'm not an engineer, but I don't think you have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that's not working," Brian said.

He said Pulte completed the pier and beam repairs last November but new cracks are appearing inside and outside the house.

"Fact of the matter is, they need to buy these homes back. It's the right thing to do," he said.

Residents also expressed concern about a large retaining wall in the neighborhood, with some worrying it could collapse like a retaining wall in the Rivermist subdivision in San Antonio.

A Pulte spokesperson did not return phone calls Thursday evening but previously said in an e-mail statement that the company has a "20-year history here in San Antonio of standing behind its homes and homeowners" and the company is working with a "handful" of homeowners to resolve their "warranty-related issues."

http://www.woai.com/news/local/story/Schertz-homeowners-getting-big-support/UUm01N4dF0uq50uDoeOPOQ.cspx

 
JRS47 - 12/21/2011 9:51 AM
LindaB - the workers have nothing to do with it - the homes weren't built on the proper ground/soil. That being said, Linda, those "illegals" help to build all of our homes in this city. Even if you buy a $300,000+ home, those same guys will be there building the house. You're not going to have "Roy Anderson" or "Trevor Schmidt" framing your house, dear.

 
bonjour - 12/20/2011 4:21 PM
Careful LindaB. The PC police will track you down. These nice people you are referring to are " undocumented immigrants" ready and willing to vote in 2012 after stealing a truck load of SS numbers. Joke apart, it pays to check who is doing work for you in this day and age.

 
jual76 - 12/20/2011 2:32 PM
Thank you WOAI for putting this story out there, I am one of those homeowners, I am a veteran with four children, this is the first home that we ever own, we have so many dreams and now, right in front of our eyes, our small castle of tranquility, our largest investment is starting to fall apart. I just learned that it is possible that my VA loan was only approved because Pulte lied about the countermeasures that they had taken to counteract the dangers of building in the type of soil where Fairhaven was built. It is sad to me that we have become a society were greed seems to be overriding all other human instincts. Please, keep me and my family in your prayers

 
LindaB - 12/20/2011 7:22 AM
That's what kind of work you get when you hire illegals....

 
SA Native - 12/20/2011 2:24 AM
2 Votes
Pulte the new Ray Ellison.

 
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