HUD's Broken System
Special Reports on Homebuilders
Corporate Coruption in the Ohio Homebulding Industry:
Jul 10 2002 As President Bush calls for an end to Corporate
Corruption, homebuilding corruption looms in Ohio Homebuilder case. "Erpenbeck
Builder Saga" that now includes Erpenbeck Co. of Edgewood; its former president,
Bill Erpenbeck; 200+ new homeowners, 20 Erpenbeck affiliates; 15 banks
and 19 title companies. Also included are up to 100 ''John
Doe lenders'' who may have been involved in the banking scandal, but who
have not yet been identified. Economic Impact: $114 Million.
Archive Cincinnati Post. While it took Bill Erpenbeck less
than a decade to build Erpenbeck Co. into one of the area's largest homebuilders,
allegations of bank fraud and hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid
bills are threatening to bring it down even faster.
Cincinnati Enquirer. A. William Erpenbeck spent years building a company
that appears to be crumbling. One of the Tristate's biggest home builders,
the Erpenbeck Co., is under federal investigation for a suspected bank
fraud that is affecting lenders, subcontractors and home owners.
NOTE: The above links is a complete set of articles on this homebuilder
and the investigation by the FBI in the Cinncinati Enquirer and Post. This
is a HUGE investigation.
April 17, 2001
Dateline NBC:"Reading the fine
home warranties offer protection for buyers?. Dateline NBC April 17,
2001. With warranties like this, a Lemon Law is needed!
May 27, 2001 Pulte's
Zeumer (appeared on Dateline) writes concerning Jim Blackstones' house
(home eventually bought back). Notice has the highlighted text
is similiar to the CEO's response to Datelines
story. Insuring homeowners are "satisfied and delighted" seems to be a
theme in these letters.
May 24, 2001 Pulte
CEO Responds to NBC's Dateline Story Erik Gabrielson, HousingZone.com
Editor "Among some of the important facts presented to Dateline, but
omitted from their story, is that Pulte Homes has one of, if not
the best, warranties in the industry." Read
the entire statement with commentary.
May 17, 2001 NAHB
Blasts Datelineís Report On New Home Warranties. "Datelineís
April 17 report was a one-sided and unfair portrayal of the home building
industry and 10-year insured warranties on new homes. It sensationalized
the issue and served only to needlessly alarm prospective home buying consumers."
Republic's Special Report on Arizona homebuilders:
Construction quality varies widely Builders balance
demands of workmanship, speed, profit
Builders apt to lobby legislature
How Phoenix compares with other hot home markets
Complaints follow building boom
Skilled labor, oversight stretched thin
Costs of home-deficit suits add up
Competition makes builders better
High-end buyers file more complaints
New-home flaws fertile ground for attorneys
New houses inspected on the fly
Cities struggle to keep up with boom
Some builders hold multiple licenses
State registrar serves as mediator; buyers, builders
differ on effectiveness
Complaints by zip code
A home buyer's guide to potential problems
Complaint records of Arizona's top 50 builders
Boston Globe Special on Homebuilders:
by Design, Quality by Chance. A 4 part series concerning the building
industry. "The Spotlight Team also found that substandard home construction
is a growing national problem, and that many national home building firms
have taken advantage of a lack of government oversight. "
Home builder leaves trail of bitter buyers
Problems undermine Hopkinton subdivision
Cost-saving practices a hit with Wall Street
It would be less expensive ... to start over'
For both sides, a long-running nightmare
A seventh-grade shop project gone wrong'
They simply cannot do the job'
Questionable sales practices
Sub-par materials used
A national surge in buyer complaints
St. Petersburg Times:
Dream Home. In 1998, he and his family moved into a new house built
by U.S. Home Corp. in the Hunter's Green subdivision of Tampa.
According to Preslar, they had no hot water downstairs for almost three
months. One bedroom had no air-conditioning ducts. The kitchen floor
molded. The foundation cracked. Wallpaper turned black. Soffits turned
The carpet frayed. The banister fell down. Kitchen lights dropped from
the ceiling. Including sidebars:
flaws By COLLINS CONNER © St. Petersburg Times, published March
12, 2000 In looking at new home construction, the St. Petersburg Times
found plenty of evidence that work had deteriorated. Some defects are easy
to see. But industry insiders described commonplace problems that are difficult
to detect or that occur during phases of construction that are virtually
unexamined. These flaws affect a home's strength, wind resistance, durability
on its reputation Suarez Housing sells the nuts and bolts of construction
quality and, according to a Times poll of Tampa Bay area buyers, it delivers
on its promises.
regulation lacking. Jack and Ruth Dunn of Hernando County learn there
is little recourse when a home is constructed improperly.
buyers say quality fell through the cracks. Buying a new home was exactly
what a couple wanted to do. But when they moved into their $100,000 house,
they didn't get exactly what they were looking for.
many new homes, so few skilled workers. Ask builders about construction
defects and they will point to the labor shortage as the cause. "It's the
No. 1 problem across the nation," said Ron Coppenbarger of Jacksonville,
who spearheads the worker recruitment effort of the Florida Home Builders
Home: Survey by Times is not accurate. A U.S. Home Corp. customer-satisfaction
survey proves that a scientific poll conducted by the St. Petersburg Times
is inaccurate, according to Gene Lanton, president of the builder's Central
How common are these molds
Why new homes are moldier
How to protect your home from unhealthful molds
REPORT: It could happen here. St. Petersburg Times
Although Hurricane Andrew exposed the vulnerability of gable roofs,
many homes outside South Florida still don't meet wind-load standards.
By COLLINS CONNER St. Petersburg Times, published June 27, 1999. (Homebuilders
referenced: Ryland Homes, US Homes, Lennar, Holiday Builders, Hoyt Homes,
Winward Homes, Pulte Homes, Richard Van Orden Homes, Cozy Homes Inc. ,
Mitch Underwood Homes.) Including sidbars or: