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Florida’s billion-dollar stucco problem

YOUR HOME MAY ALSO BE ROTTING AWAY – AND LOSING VALUE – MUCH QUICKER THAN YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE http:// Introduction HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Florida— Your home is your most expensive investment. But it may also be rotting away – and losing value – faster than you could ever imagine. Most Florida homes are covered in […]

Tampa condo complex riddled with moldy walls; association blames builder

http:// TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – On the heels of a multimillion-dollar shoddy construction settlement, announced by the Florida Attorney General’s Office, another neighborhood is dealing with major problems. This time, problems have emerged at the Schooner Cove condominiums in South Tampa, built by Texas-based D.R. Horton. From the outside, it was a gorgeous community – until […]

Action 9 investigates new homes rotting from the inside

http:// ORLANDO,Fla. — They bought their homes new just five to 10 years ago, but now claim they’re rotting away and blame defective stucco. Action 9 found thousands of homes constructed during the building boom have cracked stucco, rotting wood, and mold. Action 9’s Todd Ulrich said it could be a $1 billion statewide problem, and […]

Building mistake turns home ownership into nightmare for hundreds in SWFL

http:// FORT MYERS, Fla. – Edward Gatlin thought he was getting a great deal on his home. Speakers in the ceiling. A backyard pool. But then water started seeping through his walls. “They (kept) saying that water was getting inside from the rain or moisture,” he said. “Whatever is going on with that, so they’re […]

DR Horton negligent in Jax condo case, jury awards $9.6 million

JACKSONVILLE – JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—After four years of litigation and an epic 38-day trial, a jury found America’s largest homebuilder was negligent when it built the Jacksonville community of Heron’s Landing. The verdict requires DR Horton to pay $9.6 million to remove and replace the stucco, roofs and windows on the entire 240-unit development. Condo residents […]

New Home Nightmares: Part 1 – The tip of the iceberg

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Elizabeth Walsh moved to the south Jacksonville community of Bartram Springs for the same reason many of her neighbors did: she knew other young families there. She loved the homes. And she wanted to be a part of the vibrant, amenity-filled development. “We thought it would be a safe bet,” says Walsh […]

State Attorney found construction defects at DR Horton condo

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A high profile witness took the stand Friday in case that accuses America’s largest homebuilder of violating state building codes. Fifth District State Attorney Brad King, who has represented west-central Florida since 1989, owns a condo at Heron’s Landing on Beach Boulevard. He is by far the most recognizable person to testify, […]

Drug Court judge testifies in condo defect lawsuit

The plaintiffs rested Wednesday in a landmark construction defect trial against America’s largest builder. The Heron’s Landing community on Beach Boulevard is suing builder DR Horton, claiming the condos are riddled with construction defects and violate Florida building code. DR Horton disputes the claim. They say any problems are isolated, and the buildings are fine. […]