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Beazer Homes USA Inc. Message Board

  • wilson2207 wilson2207 Aug 3, 2005 9:49 PM Flag

    We got ripped-off, but you won't...II

    How do I know this you may wonder? I too had to seek legal advice regarding warranty issues with Sanford Homes. I sought advice from the same prestigious, construction defect, law firm, and I too was referred to the SAME attorney who represented the new house owner above. Again, how do I know this you may wonder? A local television station had an on-air report about new house owners having warranty complaints regarding the houses they had purchased from Sanford Homes. I forwarded a transcript of this report to my attorney. A later phone conversation to confirm that my attorney had received this report, disclosed that my attorney, "had talked with", one of the Sanford Homes' homeowners mentioned in the television report. I thought that this was an amazingly unusual coincidence. There was no disclosure to me, by my attorney, regarding his representation, or former representation, of this particular new house owner, regarding the new house owner's complaints against Sanford Homes; this must have had something to do with attorney client privilege, confidentiality, etc? Or, the attorney was not, in fact, representing this house owner at the time of this phone call, or while he was representing my interests. My notes could determine this precisely. Following this phone conversation, several months went by before I felt compelled to speak with this new house owner to determine the nature of this unusual coincidence (that my attorney "had talked with this homeowner") and to regain faith that MY INTERESTS were being PROPERLY REPRESENTED by my attorney. My attorney had been VERY AGGRESSIVE in trying to CONVINCE me to allow Sanford/Beazer Homes (BEAZER HAD ACQUIRED SANFORD HOMES AT THIS TIME) to make 'cosmetic' repairs; statements such as, 'Sanford's attorney was a good litigator', etc. Not trusting my attorney, I subsequently received an independent repair estimate which exceeded $50,000 which did not reflect the 'cosmetic' nature of this issue as espoused by my attorney and Sanford/Beazer Homes; my attorney said the firm providing the estimate had a vested interest which may make the estimate questionable. The estimate was given without any disclosure to the repair company that there was an on-going dispute with Sanford/Beazer Homes. There has been no resolution of this matter.
    See, Online Discussions, User Forum, pp. 4,5, 'Choosing An Attorney', for further insight.

    Do not assume that you are dealing with honorable people. Get an independent, second opinion regarding ANYTHING of substance related to your new house; however, at this point it may be too late. YOUR interests are YOUR interests, only.

    Do not let the largest purchase of your family's life become a financial and emotional nightmare. How much are you willing to risk? Financial security in your retirement? Your kids' college education?

    Learn from my mistake (One would not think that the purchase of a new house for one's family could possibly be a mistake.) the mistakes of other new house buyers, and the behavior of some corporate/public new house builders.

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