Friday, December 7, 2012

Pulte Homes & that sinking feeling

“I bought my townhouse in 2007 from Pulte Homes and at no time, when I was shown diagrams of the layout of the community, was I told of likelihoods of sinkholes,” Stella said.

“We have now been hit with two major sinkholes in the last two years that we have paid special assessments for. I want to know where Pulte is now. Do they not stand by their work and where they place their houses?

“This is not only a major safety hazard, but also affecting people’s financial livelihood. We should be getting help by Pulte in fixing this situations and we need answers on whether this is going to continue happening. I can’t keep paying an extra $400 a year for a sinkhole!”

Under state law, property insurers who pay claims for sinkhole-related repairs must file a report with the court clerk’s office detailing the incident. According to Clerk of the Circuit Court David Ellsperman’s staff, 15 such claims are on record since December 2010 for the Red Hawk and Saddle Creek portions of Fore Ranch.

None have been filed to date for the Wynchase incident.

Valerie Dolenga, a regional spokeswoman for Pulte, explained that the builder continues to build and sell at Trillium, and that the homeowners’ association there is still developer-controlled.

Fore Ranch, in contrast, was turned over to the residents, she added."

Homeowners, You may want to look into reports of a HUD/FBI investigation into Pulte's alleged failure to report known "adverse conditions and foreseeable hazards" on required HUD forms for their Fairhaven development in Schertz, TX. Pulte houses there have failed due to poor soils and resulting extreme settlement.

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