Kevin...(posted 5/1/8, 11:03AM CST, THURS)
Your question was, "Brighton homes cancelled my contract because of complaints of bad bricklaying-any recourse?" I would start by doing a little research. First stop: The Texas Residential Construction Commission (TRCC in Austin, TX) at http://www.trcc.state.tx.us/default.asp.
(Besides looking up the builder's registration with the state (TX), you can also read about builder construction issues and courses of action (for complaints). In all fairness, at the least the homebuilder realized there were 'work quality issues' and stopped the work in progress. That should tell you something about their ethics/standards...right there. Some folks would have kept building, hoping you didn't hire an inspector to check the home out or personally notice (during a walk thru). I don't know much about this particular builder, but I would assume they are smart enough to know their reputation is on the line and they would rather loose a sale, than a customer for life. Smart builders know this. In all honesty, it would be smart to read the website above regarding 1) filing a consumer complaint before the TRCC hearing board; try to resolve your differences without going to court (it's costly and emotionally draining); 2) seek pre-trial arbitration/mediation efforts (note: most new homes sale contracts contain a clause that says if for any reason you have a legal issue with the house, you will automatically be required to seek arbitration or mediation vs. going to court. Your 3rd choice) suck it up as 'a learning experience' (you may or may not get your EM deposit back depending on contract terms), and realize you are lucky to not get 'stuck' with a lemon for a house. In this case the builders are doing you a favor. Yes, you sold your other place and are now probably freaking out trying to figure out where to live. Point is: don't rush into a home sale. If need be, rent a year near good schools. It might be a pain, but then again, it might be a 'blessing in disguise". I've shown Brighton Homes a few times in Pearland, TX for clients to buy. These folks have always appeared to be forthright and honest in business dealings. (They even faxed me a copy of their contract to preview prior to meeting them.) That's just my personal experience. If you do decide to build later on, see the link below this message for Builder's Academy (smart folks)! I wish you the best. I'm here to help you anyway I can -- just call or email me: Karen Savage, REALTOR, Keller Williams Realty/North(west)--Hwy 290/FM1960 area near Willowbrook Mall; 8300 FM 1960 West, Suite 310, Houston, TX 77070, direct: 281-813-9769; office: 281-664-8300,x3004; http://www.KarenSavage-Realtor.com.
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