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Right-to-Repair Illusion
[FONT=Verdana]Homebuilder’s Right-to-Repair Illusion Exposed in [/FONT][FONT=Verdana]Nevada[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]In [/FONT][FONT=Arial]Texas[/FONT][FONT=Arial] where the bill was touted as the first Tort Reform law in the country. The problem is the law doesn’t give an incentive for builders to construct a house right from the beginning but encourages the industry to build them as fast as possible and worry about defects later…Time has proven that the law actually gives a disincentive for builders to make repairs by successfully limiting builder’s liability for their mistakes. The law gave builders greater confidence that they could avoid most responsibility by ignoring repairs, which created lengthy legal disputes that homeowners could not afford. The associated legal expenses drained homebuyers financially, causing most families to give up.[/FONT][FONT=Arial] [FONT=Verdana][size=1][FONT=Verdana]Read more…[/FONT]](http://www.hobb.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=986&Itemid=260&mosmsg=Item+successfully+saved.)[/FONT][/size][/FONT]
Life-Threatening Defects in New Homes
[FONT=Verdana]Realty Times:[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]More New Homes Contain Life-Threatening Defects[/FONT]******
[FONT=Verdana] by Broderick Perkins[/FONT]******
[FONT=Arial]Quality Built’s study of new homes and condos in 27 states, constructed by more than 900 different builders, commonly found window flashing problems, improper roofing, missing structural hardware and other defects to be more prevalent in the eastern and southern states… Among all homes, the three most common construction risks discovered in single-family homes were in the building envelope (41 percent), which could lead to moisture intrusion and mold; framing and structural elements (34 percent), which can affect a building’s integrity during rough weather conditions or earthquakes; and in the plumbing and electrical systems (8 percent).[/FONT] Read more…
Right-to-Repair fails to stop lawsuits - Pulte Lawsuits continue

[FONT=Verdana]Delays dog Del Webb defect [/FONT]********[FONT=Arial]cases[/FONT][FONT=Arial]
[/FONT][FONT=Arial]…lawsuits filed against Del Webb claims that plumbing, roofing, retaining walls and concrete slabs are defective, with alleged defects costing about $30,000 in repairs per home… When the “Right to Repair” law was passed by the Nevada Legislature in 2003 it was hailed as the key to stopping the tide of construction-defect lawsuits that many said was slowly killing the industry. But three years since that law was passed nothing has changed, many in the construction industry have said. If anything, construction-defect cases haven’t decreased since the Right to Repair law was passed. At least one industry insider said that in spite of the Right to Repair law, construction-defect cases continue to be filed and the numbers continue to increase.[/FONT][FONT=Arial] [/FONT]Read more…

Substandard Homes: Builder omits windows…********
[FONT=Verdana]The Watchdog DAVE LIEBER[/FONT]********
[FONT=Verdana]Lawmaker says area’s new homes ‘substandard’[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]State Rep. Marc Veasey is unhappy with 29 newly built shotgun-style homes in part of his district. He is considering filing a bill related to minimum housing standards… The homes look exactly alike. The front exteriors are brick, but olive-green siding covers the backs and sides. [FONT=Arial][FONT=Arial]One long side of each home has no windows[/FONT]… The yards are mostly dirt and weeds…The builder, Don Livingston, tells The Watchdog that the homes meet the city’s minimum standards…He says the lawns are not complete, so it is too early to judge, but he has no plans to lay sod. [/FONT][/FONT]****[FONT=Arial]Livingston[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial] says he didn’t install windows along one side of the houses “because when you are building the houses, people will steal the windows.”[/FONT]****[FONT=Verdana] [/FONT]Read more…

DR Horton files SLAP suit over freedom of speech********
[FONT=Verdana]Developer seeks injunction[/FONT]
****[FONT=Arial]David Champoux, an outspoken critic of the homebuilder, had announced plans to demonstrate with signs to dissuade people from buying homes.In previous letters to the editor, he said D.R. Horton should be held liable to residents who paid a premium to live in a golf community now that Old Carolina LLC – owner of the course – is replacing nine holes with 199 apartments and 55 single-family houses. Some of the residents who bought homes from D.R. Horton possessed written guarantees that the [/FONT][FONT=Arial]Buck Island Road[/FONT][FONT=Arial] course would be in existence through 2010, Champoux said.[/FONT][FONT=Arial] [/FONT]Read more…

Building Products Release Off-Gas Toxic Chemicals
[FONT=Verdana]Tightly built homes jeopardize air quality[/FONT]****
[FONT=Arial]…[/FONT]****[FONT=Arial]unless there is a stronger emphasis on ventilation and an avoidance of building products that release or off-gas toxic chemicals, indoor air quality will continue to erode. And it doesn’t matter if you buy a $300,000 home or a $2-million home. Toxic building products are used in every home built in [/FONT][FONT=Arial]Ontario[/FONT][FONT=Arial].[/FONT][FONT=Arial] [/FONT]Read more…
KB’s history of poor building practices and consumer rip-offs
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[FONT=Arial][FONT=Arial]NCPIRG News Room: Buyer Beware - Martha Picks Bad Business Partner In KB Home[/FONT][/FONT][/FONT][FONT=Arial] [/FONT][FONT=Arial]Martha Stewart was in Cary promoting a new line of homes with KB Home Chairman and CEO, Bruce Karatz. Unfortunately, her partner in this venture, KB Home, has a long and documented history of poor building practices and consumer rip-offs.[/FONT][FONT=Arial] [/FONT]Read More
[FONT=Arial]Janet Ahmad, President[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]HomeOwners for [/FONT][FONT=Arial]Better[/FONT][FONT=Arial] [/FONT][FONT=Arial]Building[/FONT]
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