There are increasing complaints of new home defects, code violations, and breach of warranty, and avoiding it as a consumer is NOT as easy as asking around, and checking the Better Business Bureau.. In fact, many home buyers who rely on that find themselves embroiled in New Home Nightmares, surprised that building codes were not enforced and neither is the law in many cases. In some states, builders have lobbied for a new law, often called Right to Repair, which you must follow to the letter or risk your case being thrown out. Most home buyers don't even know if their state HAS passed a Right to Repair law and only may be made aware of it if there's an active consumer advocacy group in the state opposing it! Before buying, check out the following webpages:
www.wesh.com/2investigates/ A Florida TV Station's articles on an investigation into the home construction industry.
www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orl-buildingproblems-stories,1,3883306.htmlstory?coll=orl-home-promo A Florida newspaper's articles on an investigation into the home construction industry.
www.state.nj.us/sci/ The State of New Jersey is conducting an investigation into corruption in the home building industry.
The above are two of several articles about a builder in NY who has left many home buyers, suppliers, and subcontractors out thousands of dollarsthis builder has now declared bankruptcy and cannot account for where millions of dollars wentand is opening a new corporation to go on building! This is a COMMON tactic of bad builders, and because you may not know all the corporations they've had you probably will never find out.
www.hadd.com check out the Buyers Guide and other free downloadable documents online about drawbacks of arbitration, review of warranties, etc, as well as updated news about the home building industry.
Check out a builder on HADD.COM and The Rip Off Report and search for complaints on good search engines like www.google.com. Read books that warn of home building industry scams and tactics, and discuss in depth how to REALLY research builders. One example is "Your New House," by Fields. Check court records, and your state's secretary of state office to see if the company officers have other corporations...then research them, too.
HADD receives thousands of complaints about home builders, many involving serious defects, some which make the home unsafe and uninhabitable. This is happening to people of every level of education and income, with homes in all price ranges. Most of these people didn't realize how well hidden most complaints really are and thought they were doing diligent research before they bought. Every single complaint indicates that the home owner gave the builder many chances to make things right, and most of the home owners find out they have very poor legal recourse thanks to builder's lobbying to erode our consumer protection on the most expensive and important purchase of most people's lives.
Please sign the HADD petition to show that the home building industry MUST be held accountable:
U.S.A.STOP! ..before you think about using the Better Business Bureau (BBB)... CLICK HERE to see how other consumers were victimized by the BBB's false or misleading information. Don't be fooled! It has been reported, when there are thousands of complaints and other investigations underway by authorities, the BBB has no choice but to finally give an UNsatisfactory rating to a BBB member business that is paying the BBB big membership fees every year. When a business is reported that is NOT a BBB member, BBB files WILL more likely show an UNsatisfactory rating, then reportedly shake down that company to become a member of the BBB. One positive thing about the BBB is, either way, if a business has an unsatisfactory rating with the BBB, you can be sure, the business is bad. But what about all those BBB member businesses that had complaints filed against them? Consumers never get to hear about them. What about the BBB advertising to the public? Is this a false and misleading perception they are giving about consumer confidence when dealing with a business? Click here to understand more of what consumers and business alike are saying about the BBB. You decide. ..Remember. The BBB membership is not earned, it's paid for!Click here to read other Rip Off Reports on Pulte Home BuildersClick here to read other Rip Off Reports on RYAN Home BuilderClick here to read other Rip Off Reports on Forecast Homes