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Tuzilla  (Level: 131.2 - Posts: 3769)
Sat, 28th Mar '09 9:14 PM

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 28th Mar '09 9:26 PM

I'm going to look into this further.

It doesn't ring true to me that a builder would donate $21 million to save from paying a $800,000 judgement. It might be true, but I'm wondering if there's not more to the story....

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 28th Mar '09 9:44 PM

"So in October 2000 the Cull's sued. The warranty companies, but not Perry Homes, asked for arbitration. The Culls turned it down.

But as the case was preparing for trial, the Cull's changed their minds, and the case was set for arbitration. In that process, the arbiter awarded the Culls $800,000, which included the purchase price of their home ($233,730), $200,000 for mental anguish; $200,000 in exemplary damages; and $110,000 in attorney fees.

Perry Homes then contested the arbitration, claiming the Culls should not get a second chance when they had already turned arbitration down.

The Texas high court agreed and set aside the arbitration award and ordered the case to go to trial."

So there were a few more details to it.

But looks like total graft and corruption to me.

I wish they Culls had only asked for their money back (adjusted for inflation or increased property values), damages, and attorney's fees. Obviously not a good place to build. We really have to be careful in this area what kind of foundation to have for our houses. The ground here is awful - as the original article said, it expands and contracts like a sponge. There are new technologies that improve the problems we face all the time here.

The area where my house is built (also on a golf course) has lousy soil and lots of rock. My house has soaker hoses around the perimeter for wetting the foundation on the hottest days. But that also means watching for termites, which love moisture.

We used to have an Orkin (I think) commercial showing a family that had chosen to have an all-concrete house so no bugs. The seats were hard!

My way of being the most careful when looking at houses or a place to build is to look at the roads close to the house (or housing area) and see if they have lots of cracks and uneven surfaces from shifting earth (not traffic).

But even with the best and most honest builders, there are ground problems here that plague us all.

Tuzilla  (Level: 131.2 - Posts: 3769)
Sat, 28th Mar '09 10:24 PM

It didn't say he paid it to avoid the housing settlement. It was simply his donations over time, and his pattern of purchasing influence.

I agree, even the best builder can have problems, but they usually fix them without a big hassle. And why wouldn't someone with his experience of decades of building know how to do it correctly to start with. It sound pretty slipshod and like corner cutting.

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