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Home Buying in Baldwin County : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Nov 4, 2017
Nhinguyen2000vn asked:
Fri Oct 20, 2017
Msrdls answered:
DR Horton COULD build a decent home if they employed knowledgeable superintendents, and if they didn't overload the superintendents. THEIR HOMES LACK SUPERVISION! I purchased a DR Horton home in Foley, AL. I have 33 years experience in the commercial construction industry, so I know what is reasonable to expect. I was a tough customer. And being tough, I was able to achieve reasonable cooperation from DR Horton to address the major issues. Some issues were a result of sloppy construction and most resulted from a LACK OF SUPERVISION.

If you submit your punch list in writing, and if you cross off the items that are completed, then follow up consistently until all items are addressed, you will likely be successful. If you deal verbally with DR Horton, without benefit of written confirmation, you will not be successful.

I have uneven concrete floors, and in certain areas of the house it is so out of level that I swear I'm walking on a waterbed. But other than the uneven floors, I managed to get all my punch list issues resolved. But it takes persistence: daily calls, more followup, and more calls!

At one point, I threatened to travel to one of their active communities and set up an informational picket with a sign which would read: DON'T BUY A DR HORTON HOME UNTIL YOU TALK WITH ME. I didn't have to do that, but I let them know that I was willing to put the effort into the informational picket if it became necessary.

On a scale of 1-10, I would rate DR Horton as a 6/7. Not great, but some of their equals here in Foley are much worse, I'm told. Some of Horton's brick work is disgusting. In my neighborhood, I would not have accepted the poor brickwork if it had been done at my home. But my brick work is above average, with a few exceptions.

You won't get a perfect home. The best you can expect is mediocre, which is really what DR Horton builds, in my opinion.
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Tue Oct 17, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Have you contacted the lender and asked your question? Lenders are happy to work with you and find an easy solution PROVIDED you call them immediately when something is wrong. Lenders hate it when the owner stalls, let things go downhill, then calls 3 months later. By that time, why should the lender help you? You waited 3 months before calling or emailing the lender, so most lenders will tell you..."Sorry, but you're too late. Don't expect me to help you now."

Do yourself a HUGE favor. Call the lender, explain your situation and insist that they work with you to come up with an easy solution. WARNING: As long as there is a lien on the home and the loan is outstanding, the lender can take legal action and foreclose on your house and you will need to move out - eventually. This is why it's critical that you call the lender IMMEDFIATELY!! The earlier you do this, the easier it will be for the lender to work with you. In the meantime, make sure you pay the mortgage loan on time every month. Do not be late. This will hurt you big time.
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Fri Jul 14, 2017
Mary McCarthy asked:
I was excited about a certain new home, then read some terrible reviews about the builder. I can't find great reviews for any builder in the Spanish Fort or Daphne area. Moving in one month…
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Sat Mar 18, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
That's a tough question to answer as it varies. How updated would you like the home to be? I would suggest that you pick up the phone and work with a local realtor to assist you.

Susie Kay
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Fri Mar 17, 2017
Wlspsi answered:
There are about 35-40 owners that reside here, full time. We own two units, not rentals. The Mgm'nt. is the best quality found anywhere. We are only part-time residents & have found the owners & full time residents. to be very good people.

This is a residential community; not a "PARTY" destination.

Bill S.
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Thu Nov 3, 2016
Angelica P answered:

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Fri Oct 21, 2016
Debrishavy asked:
I file exempt on property taxes because of my disability. After I sell my home, and buy a new one, am I able to still file exempt on the new home?
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Wed Aug 24, 2016
Joe Oswald answered:
Farmer's offers homeowner's insurance with wind through Federated National and.Coastal Select. State Farm and Allstate offer wind insurance with a homeowner's policy. Baldwin First National offers through Coastal Select. I'm waiting on a quote from Alpha. I'm fortunate where I'm buying a new Gold Fortified home which has extensive hurricane mitigation features built into the home. This gets me a 40% or more discount on the policy. ... more
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Thu Jul 28, 2016
Alan May answered:
You just answered your own question.

You've only tried one place. I would try at least a couple more before "giving up". Some lenders work better with challenging credit than others. ... more
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Fri Jun 3, 2016
Gigi4au answered:
I'm looking for a Mother-in-law suite to rent. I'm a retired RN. Not interested in having the whole home, just to rent the Suite !!
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