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Investigation: New Home Heartbreak
Trump - NAHB Homebuilders Shoddy Construction and Forced Arbitration

Property Rights Denied!
Protecting HOA Members' Rights is NOT The #1 Priority
of Managed Communities
The High Price of Managed Living, Books and Records Hidden
gives appearances of impropriety
Editorial Feature: Part One - Are Homeowners' Rights a Myth? 

Part Two: HOA Bureaucrats Overstep Their Authority

Pulte--Centex Foundation Problem Again
Thursday, 08 December 2011
  • Homeowners Worried About Safety

    Some homeowners in Schertz worry their homes are becoming unsafe.  "My home is sliding back and kind of tilting to the left" said Diana Taylor. Jessica Lawrence says
    "since the rain all of a sudden all these cracks are showing up.


    View Live Report: Homeowners Worried About Safety 

    Cibolo Another Centex Shifting Soil Community
    Thursday, 01 December 2011

    Shifting ground destroying neighborhood fences
    Most Houses in the Enclave of Willow Pointe are 3 to 5 years old. But some of the fences look a lot older because the ground is shifting and washing away, pulling some of the fences apart. She says they tried to work it out with the builder centex, but she says the company told her the fence was not under warranty.  When we talked to CenTex the company spokesperson said they were not familiar with the case, but confirmed that the fence did not have a warranty and that it did not actually build the fence. It was subcontracted out.

    Pulte Fairhaven Homes Sinking Feeling
    Wednesday, 30 November 2011

    Homebuilder criticized for response to sinking homes
    Homeowners like Faye Touve say there are cracks in their walls, crumbling foundations and big gaps between sidewalks and driveways. "I'm afraid my house is going to float down the back ..."It's not a fluke, it's not one individual house, it's not just a lemon, it's the neighborhood," Benavides said. "Something went wrong when building this neighborhood."

    KENS 5 - Pulte Owners Demand Bay Back of Crumbling Houses
    Wednesday, 30 November 2011

    Schertz homeowners allege shoddy construction, demand buy back 
    Residents revealed pictures during the meeting of their roofs peeling away, and cracks that start outside and make their way deep into the walls. Residents in the Fairhaven subdivision said these problems are only the surface of foundation problems they are dealing with.

    Pulte Cracked Foundations
    Wednesday, 30 November 2011

    Homeowners want help, answers with foundation cracks
    Residents of the Fairhaven subdivision, situated next to the Northcliffe subdivision off of Interstate 35, have met with representatives from Pulte Homes and city officials concerning their problems. While Pulte has repaired some of the damage caused by the cracks, many homeowners say the repairs are just a short term fix to a serious problem. Taylor said he is not the only homeowner on his block that has had to deal with the damaging cracks. “Seventeen houses on my side of Columbia (Drive) are experiencing the same problems,” Taylor said.

    NACA - The Consumer Advocate Blog
    Tuesday, 11 October 2011

    Lets ensure that Forced Arbitration does not fall off the radar!
    As previously announced, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing on the Arbitration Fairness Act next Thursday October 13th at 2pm in Dirksen 226.  Democratic witnesses include NACA Member Paul Bland, Minnesota AG Lori Swanson and consumer witness, Dr. Deborah Pierce. Republican Witnesses will include: Christopher Drahozel (click here to see his take on Concepcion and the Arbitration Fairness Act) and Victor Schwartz.

    TRCC Crony Capitalism Draws Negative Attention to GOP Race for President
    Monday, 26 September 2011

    'Crony capitalism' draws attention in GOP race
    The TRCC, however, had at least one friend who mattered: Houston home builder Bob Perry, who has given Gov.
    Rick Perry more than $2.5 million during his tenure in office. An advocate for the agency from its creation in 2003 until it closed its doors in 2010, the home builder's imprimatur was significant. His lobbyists played a key role in its inception; his company's general counsel, John Krugh, was appointed to serve on the commission by Gov. Perry, no relation to Bob Perry, one month after the home builder gave a $100,000 campaign contribution to the governor.

    Texans for Public Justice: Crony Capitalism Report
    Saturday, 24 September 2011

    Crony Capitalism: The Republican Governors Association in the Perry Years
    As Texas Governor Rick Perry’s influence at the RGA increased over the past five years the political finances of both the governor and the Governors Association skyrocketed. The RGA raised a record $216.9 million during the Perry years between January 2006 and June 30, 2011. A remarkable 32 percent of this money ($68.7 million) came from just 139 crossover donors who also gave $13.7 million to Perry’s gubernatorial campaigns. Scattered through the ranks of these donors are gubernatorial appointees, state-regulated businesses and businesses with state-conferred monopolies, taxpayer grants or contracts.
    Read the Crony Capitalism report.

    Austin American-Statesman: A Pattern of “Crony Capitalism” in the Legislature
    Friday, 23 September 2011

    Medina highlights questions of money and influence in Capitol
    Piggybacking off the national attention being paid to Gov. Rick Perry’s 2007 vaccine mandate and his ties to the vaccine-maker’s lobbyist, former Republican gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina and other advocates sought to shine the spotlight back on the Texas Capitol. ...They also highlighted the influence of homebuilder Bob Perry, who is one of Perry’s top campaign contributors. “It says something is wrong when one person can buy their own state agency and run it,” said Janet Ahmad, president of HomeOwners for Better Building, referring to the now-defunct Texas Residential Construction Commission that was created in 2003.

    Bob Perry the Hallmark of influence for Texas policy
    Friday, 23 September 2011

    Medina, Activists Take Aim at Rick Perry at Capitol
    Former gubernatorial candidate and Tea Party favorite Debra Medina and other activists slammed what they called a culture of crony capitalism in Texas politics at a Capitol press conference on Thursday — taking aim at Gov. Rick Perry... At Thursday's press conference, large donations made to Perry's campaign by homebuilder Bob Perry (no relation) also took center stage. Janet Ahmad, president of Homeowners for Better Building, said that Bob Perry’s campaign donations resulted in the formation of the now-defunct Texas Residential Construction Commission in 2003, an agency plagued by allegations that it protected homebuilders at the expense of homebuyers. “The resulting agency was so anti-consumer and industry protective that that the Texas Legislature recently abolished it,” Ahmad said. “Meanwhile Bob Perry’s political contributions have become the hallmark of influence for Texas policy.” 

    Lashing out at Gov. Rick Perry
    Friday, 23 September 2011

    Medina calls Perry a 'capital crony'
    An old foe is lashing out at Gov. Rick Perry, as he continues his campaign for president. Debra Medina - a GOP opponent in 2011's gubernatorial race - and a handful of tea party activists pointed out what they call “crony capitalism” formed under Perry's reign in Texas. ...“We want to take the opportunity and say it's not an HPV mandate but across all areas of public policy in Texas we've seen those sorts of practices,” Medina said. "We do all we can to inform the public about what's going on politically.”... "The stagnant economy is a predictable outcome of government picking winners and losers in businesses and industries that they will favor," Medina said.

    Associated Press: National spotlight on a culture of Texas "crony capitalism"
    Friday, 23 September 2011

    Texas tea partiers decry state 'crony capitalism'
    Gov. Rick Perry's run for president is putting a national spotlight on a culture of "crony capitalism" he and the Republican-dominated state Legislature built in Texas, a small group of tea party activists charged Thursday.  Janet Ahmad, president of Homeowners for Better Building, complained that homebuilder Bob Perry _ who is not related to the governor but has contributed $14 million to Perry and the Republican Governor's Association _ effectively purchased his own state agency, the Texas Residential Construction Commission, in 2003.

    Taking aim at Perry Cronyism
    Friday, 23 September 2011

    Former gubernatorial challenger Medina takes aim at Perry ‘cronyism’
    Janet Ahmad, president of Homeowners for Better Building, said that Bob Perry’s campaign donations resulted in the formation of the now-defunct Texas Residential Construction Commission in 2003, an agency plagued by allegations that it protected homebuilders at the expense of homebuyers. “The resulting agency was so anti-consumer and industry protective that that the Texas Legislature recently abolished it,” Ahmad said. “Meanwhile Bob Perry’s political contributions have become the hallmark of influence for Texas policy.”

    Feds Take First Steps to Hold Bank Exectuives Accountable
    Saturday, 10 September 2011

    Editorial: Bold move to hold banks accountable
    Just as Americans kicked off the long Labor Day weekend, a little-known federal agency took a bold step to hold the banking industry -- including individual executives -- accountable for the mortgage meltdown still plaguing the nation's ailing economy. The lawsuit against JP Morgan, for example, names 38 individual defendants. Twelve execs are named in the Bank of America suit, while seven merit a mention in the Morgan Stanley filing. The lawsuits allege that these individuals, most of whom are not well-known but still work in this highly paid industry, signed off or were responsible for providing misleading information... FHFA's gutsy move won't help homeowners with underwater mortgages who are still being jerked around by the banking industry. Nor does it hold accountable the Fannie and Freddie executives whose ruinous leadership -- including Minnesota native and Democratic political operative James Johnson -- led to a massive taxpayer bailout.

    FHFA Litigation names individual banking executives
    Saturday, 10 September 2011

    Analysis: Mortgage cases target people, not just banks
    By suing 131 individuals in its effort to recover losses on $200 billion of mortgage debt that went sour, the federal agency overseeing mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is doing one thing that the government has largely left alone. It is trying to hold actual people, not just companies, responsible for their roles in the global financial crisis. The 18 lawsuits by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, including 17 filed last week and one in July, signal a change from prior federal efforts to punish banks and bankers for their roles in the financial crisis.  Most of the higher-profile financial crisis cases brought by the Department of Justice, such as its civil fraud against Deutsche Bank AG, or the Securities and Exchange Commission have named few or no individual defendants. So far, no top executives at major banks have been criminally charged.

    National Homebuilders Under Federal Investigation
    Friday, 09 September 2011
    Labor Department probing big US homebuilders
    The Labor Department is investigating large U.S. homebuilders to see if they failed to pay workers the minimum wage or overtime. A spokesman says the agency is investigating compliance with wage-and-hour laws in the homebuilding industry as part of a crackdown targeting several industries. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has made aggressive enforcement of wage-and-hour laws a cornerstone of her tenure since she took over the agency in 2009. The department has hired about 300 additional investigators to probe complaints of unpaid work, lack of overtime pay and minimum-wage violations. Labor officials say so-called wage theft is especially prevalent among immigrant workers who speak little English or who fear challenging their bosses will jeopardize their immigration status.
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