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Old 01-07-2007, 06:13 PM   #1
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The wife, our son and I stopped by our new house to see how close they are to getting everything ready to close at the end of the month and we found a brick laying in the family room with glass everywhere.

They stole the Fridge, Oven, Microwave and Dishwasher all stainless. They left my neighbors dishwasher still in the box alone (his house was unlocked).

I know that the builder will have to replace them but it still pisses me off. We were supposed to close early December but that got pushed to January because the city wouldn't give them a COA until right before Christmas. Now we are waiting for a water meter to be installed, and they don't know when that will happen.

They say that they are shooting for the 29th for us to close, but we are already 30 days past our lease end and the landlord wants us out. She has this placed rented already and I told her that we would be out as soon as we could so that she could get the painters in here to paint the place for the new renter.

Friday we told them that we needed to close on the 26th so that we could move on the 27th and 28th so that the painters can get in here.

If they don't get done we will have to move, and I think that is the last straw with this builder and we will buy another house. I know that we signed for this house in June when we gave them a $2500 deposit, I guess they will let us out? They are a large builder and I know that they have already lost some other homeowners.

The wife and I went looking at existing homes and we found a 4 year old home that we really like for $54,000 less. We don't like the countertops or appliances but we can change them. It also doesn't have a screen porch but we could add that later as well.

Anyone have any experience with walking away from a house before you "close".

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First of all, I'm at least happy to hear you weren't living in the house at the time.

The contract probably protects the builder to a great degree, so why do you think they will give you the deposit back? Certainly you can always walk away, but I'd have an attorney look at the contract to make sure you don't get hit with damages for doing so. Could suck, but I am not an attorney, and I have no idea what your contract binds you to, and how it binds the builder.

In any event, I am not sure where you are located, but where I am the renters/leasers and the builders are a bit understanding of tight timeframes like this. I'd calmly and politely request the builders help. But you may have already done that and may have no other option.
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Sorry to hear about TX. I remember when my family and I moved into a brand new house, it didn't get broken into but the subdivision we were living in. Quite bit of houses got broken into mainly the kitchen items got stolen, coming to find out it was the builders who build the houses for the subdivision did it. I'm probably guessing that could have happen to you and your family?
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I'm sorry to hear about that, TX WJ.

A lifelong friend of mine and his father have been building houses for years, and they have, from time to time, had problems with people breaking in and vandalizing the houses before they were done building them.

This is your house, and if you don't want move there, you shouldn't have too. You might have to give up your deposit. But I'd do like HomieG said and talk to a lawyer.

Good luck and I hope that everything goes well in the future. Keep us posted...
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I am selling a house about 400 miles from here and have similar fears...sorry to hear about this and I hope you can get things worked out. It stinks not being settled in...believe me, I know.
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Sorry to hear about this. Just glad you guys weren't there, and nobody was hurt. We almost walked away from our house because of the builders. They screwed over a lot of people that bought in our neighborhood (which we didn't hear about until afterwards). For us, it was all over the bathtub in the master bathroom. They had a really nice big sunken tub in the model. Next to it, they had a note that they don't use that specific model anymore, but that they do use a similar tub in the new houses. On one of our visits to the house while it was being built for us, (when it was just about done) they had installed the tub, and it was absolutely nothing like the model. It was tiny...barely deeper than a regular tub, and no bigger in width or length. It took at least 20 calls to the builder and many threats before they finally even called us back. The best answer we got was that we should have known all along because of the sign in the model (yeah right, said nothing about how small it would be), and that we could either take it as it was, or they'd give us back our money and we could back out of the contract. We thought about it because they really pissed us off, but decided we already put too much into the house (not just money, but time and energy and enthusiasm) to back out then. We never use the tub and it still pisses us off, but unfortunately we weren't the only ones that similar things happened to (with things other than tubs), and the same "solution" was offered to them too.
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Sorry to hear about this. Just glad you guys weren't there, and nobody was hurt. We almost walked away from our house because of the builders. They screwed over a lot of people that bought in our neighborhood (which we didn't hear about until afterwards). For us, it was all over the bathtub in the master bathroom. They had a really nice big sunken tub in the model. Next to it, they had a note that they don't use that specific model anymore, but that they do use a similar tub in the new houses. On one of our visits to the house while it was being built for us, (when it was just about done) they had installed the tub, and it was absolutely nothing like the model. It was tiny...barely deeper than a regular tub, and no bigger in width or length. It took at least 20 calls to the builder and many threats before they finally even called us back. The best answer we got was that we should have known all along because of the sign in the model (yeah right, said nothing about how small it would be), and that we could either take it as it was, or they'd give us back our money and we could back out of the contract. We thought about it because they really pissed us off, but decided we already put too much into the house (not just money, but time and energy and enthusiasm) to back out then. We never use the tub and it still pisses us off, but unfortunately we weren't the only ones that similar things happened to (with things other than tubs), and the same "solution" was offered to them too.
I hear what you are saying, who was your builder? We are with Centex.
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My former co-worker had issues with his builder going past the date and that put the pinch on them on their current residence. He complained and they ended up crediting him money for rent, etc. It's worth it to ask...

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I'm really sorry for you TX WJ, the only I thing I have to say is that my friend has been working on his house for 2 years and when he bought the house from us somebody broke in right after they tore down all the bushes and the thieves stole faucets and other minor things. Our neighbor said they saw a teenager coming out of the house and assumed it was one of his friends and the teenager was walking down the street with a toilet.

I'd say pressure the builder to put in a strong security system so this will NEVER happen again.
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I hear what you are saying, who was your builder? We are with Centex.
Our builder was CDG Homes. They only built half of the neighborhood and sold the rest of the land to another builder. Lovely people

They seemed really great before we actually got close to closing. Everybody basically said the same thing, that they were wonderful until they actually got your money, and then there was some type of problem. The research we did on them beforehand unfortunately didn't turn up anything like this.
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Find out of the builder belongs to the NAHB or another local home builder's association. If you are having a problem with the builder you can contact the association and they will do everything that they can to help you. the NAHB is like the BBB but only for home builders. My brother had a problem with his builder and he called the NAHB. They told him to put a lien on his equipment and that solved the problem. Generally, if you talk to the builder, he/she will give you an allowance toward rent or storage space if they go over the deadline. However there may have been a stipulation in your contract that he/she isn't liable. Do what everybody has suggested, contact a lawyer. I recommend contacting a lawyer that specializes in real-estate transactions (not a trial lawyer). If you were in this area I could recommend a great firm that only does real-estate. The best way to find one (if you don't already have one) is contact local real-estate agents or mortgage brokers and ask them who they deal with.

We have had a lot of problems with houses getting broken into (townhouses). The builders have gotten smart and do not put in the appliances until the rest of the house is done. They store the appliances in a shipping container that locked with several pad-locks. It took them quite a while, and a lot of money, to figure that out.

There is a builder in this area that is TERRIBLE. The sad thing is the people who are moving into the area don't realize it so they still get a lot of business. That worse thing is that they have just built a retirement community; I feel bad for those old(er) people when the walls start falling down.
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Good luck with the builder, TX. As an earlier poster said, be calm yet firm. Back a few years ago, the builders did not care if you walked away...there was probably a waiting list of people willing to take your place. Now it is a different story. The market has cooled down, and I am sure that the builder want to close ASAP. You might have a little leverage. But, unless these guys were reckless or grossly negligent, at a minimum you'll lose your deposit. If they want to make an issue of it, you could be in for more than that. But, that's not too likely.

IMHO, unless you have a laundry list of reasons why you don't want to or can't close on this house, I say go for it. If you really love the house, neighborhood, etc., you'll forget about all of the bumps in the road. Nothing in life (especially where a home is concerned) is perfect.
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Alot of builders run into competetion for labor. Out here you just have to wait. And when you rush them, they cut corners to make your deadline they can't keep. When you factor in weather and short term shortages in supplies it gets worse. Other than that there are builders with POOR project management. US Homes was so bad around here they only got business by changing their name (in my opinion). My new house wasn't ready on time. I had to find a place to live and put my stuff in storage for a couple of months. Expensive and a hassle. But thats life. I was in the same situations, someone else was moving into the place I lived.
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They called today to say that the water meter is installed and that the plumbers will hook up the sewage this week and then the landscaping can go in next week. They say that the painters and finish carpenters are in there this week so we should be good to go for the 26th. We will see.
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I don't know about where you live TX, but a lot of my holdup was not just labor issues. It's waiting for the government to get off their ass and commit things regarding the project. Then add in trade unions and.... mess.

Hope you move in this month, it's a cool feeling to start in a new house.
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