Deceptive Trade Practices
Real Estate Disclosures
Real Estate Fraud
House Defects Blog
El Tejas las Prácticas que Engañosas del Comercio Actúan
Texas Flood Damage
Houston Harvey Flooding Wind vs. Flood Claims
DECEPTIVE TRADE PRACTICES
REAL ESTATE DISCLOSURES
REAL ESTATE FRAUD
HOUSE DEFECTS BLOG
EL TEJAS LAS PRÁCTICAS QUE ENGAÑOSAS DEL COMERCIO ACTÚAN
TEXAS FLOOD DAMAGE
HOUSTON HARVEY FLOODING WIND VS. FLOOD CLAIMS
Homeowners and Homebuyers
Real Estate Fraud
END CONSUMER ARBITRATION
Questions from Consumers
True Trial Stories
TRCC - Texas Residential Construction Commission
TREC-Texas Real Estate Commission
West Fertilizer Plant Explosion
Trial Tips & Strategies
DTPA & REAL ESTATE
HOUSTON HARVEY FLOODING
When to Expect Problems With a Septic System
If a house is 20 years or older and has not had a septic system replaced, you should not be surprised if it needs a new tank or drain field. In fact you should expect it. Like anything, get multiple estimates and opinions since there may be disagreement about what you need or have to have. In the end, it is the licensing entity like the LCRA that determines whether you really need new equipment or not.
What Do I Do About a Septic System If I Am Buying?
Do I need an inspector for the septic system?
Hill Country Rain Produces Floods
11/9/2017 - Hurricane Harvey: Now that the Insurance Adjuster Has Denied My Claim
8/28/2017 - What to Do After Harvey
7/18/2017 - Vortens Toilets
6/25/2017 - Realtor Trying to Intervene in Lawsuit
6/24/2017 - Plumbing Problems in Older Homes
6/23/2017 - Here is the One to Four Family Residential Contract (Resale)
6/22/2017 - Sales Pressure When Buying a House
6/21/2017 - How Does An Option Period Work?
6/20/2017 - What If I Find House Defects When I am Buying a House?
6/19/2017 - How Much For Home Inspections?
5/20/2017 - Texas Realtors Not Required to Have Insurance
4/26/2017 - Strike Out Paragraph 7d of the One to Four Family Residential Contract for Sale (Resale) TREC Form 20-13
4/25/2017 - "AS IS" Again, and Again
4/24/2017 - "AS IS" AGAIN
4/19/2017 - DTPA & REAL ESTATE V
4/18/2017 - DTPA and Real Estate IV
4/17/2017 - Is a Home Inspection Required?
4/16/2017 - DTPA in Real Estate III
4/15/2017 - DTPA in Real Estate II
4/14/2017 - DTPA in Real Estate I
4/12/2017 - Options in Earnest Money Contracts
4/11/2017 - What You Know Before You Buy
4/10/2017 - Find Out What You Can Buy First
4/9/2017 - Flooding and Drainage
1/15/2017 - J. Alexander Properties Tries To Evict Tenant Over A Cat
12/27/2016 - Termite Damage Continues
12/12/2016 - Look for a Local Attorney
8/20/2016 - DTPA Primer Review
8/19/2016 - Ask To Talk To the Seller Directly
8/18/2016 - My Reponse to Home Inspectors
8/17/2016 - A Home Inspection Is a Feel Good Moment To Encourage You To Buy A House
8/16/2016 - Home Inspectors Respond
1/8/2016 - Home Inspection Hype
12/28/2015 - Flood Damage Disclosed
12/19/2015 - Trusting Your Realtor
12/17/2015 - Who Does the Buyer's Agent Work For?
12/15/2015 - Your Buyer's Agent Is Cheating On You!
9/29/2015 - Is TAR 1407 A Required Form?
9/9/2015 - Monster Termites!
9/8/2015 - Biting Termites
8/17/2015 - Should I Disclose This?
8/15/2015 - Termite Swarmers
8/14/2015 - HOA Blues
5/16/2015 - Ashley Ellerin: A Long Tradition of Excellence
5/4/2015 - Evin G. Dugas
3/13/2015 - What You Don't Know About Septics Can Cost You Big
1/19/2015 - Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
1/17/2015 - Building Envelopes
1/15/2015 - What Is a Warranty Claim?
1/13/2015 - What Can You Do If Your Builder Has Gone Out of Business?
1/11/2015 - Small Claims Court Primer
1/9/2015 - Elements of a Case
1/7/2015 - Texas Association of Realtors "TAR" Opposes Price Disclosure
1/5/2015 - Heh Texas Homebuyer, You Just Bought that House "AS IS"
12/26/2014 - Texas Is the Anti Consumer State
11/28/2014 - Midland Reporter Telegram
11/24/2014 - Unpermitted Repairs
10/4/2014 - A Home Inspection Controversy
10/2/2014 - A Home Inspection is Still a Waste of Time
9/25/2014 - Confirm Repairs Made By Sellers
9/23/2014 - Ten Tips for Selling Your House
9/21/2014 - Home Seller Tips
9/19/2014 - Flood Damage But No Flood Insurance
9/17/2014 - Flooding Damage
9/15/2014 - Kitec Connectors
9/13/2014 - Stucco Damage In New Homes
9/11/2014 - "AS IS" IS NOT ABSOLUTE
9/3/2014 - Schumacher Homes Threatens Arbitration
9/1/2014 - Document What Your Builder Says in Writing
8/30/2014 - IPEX PRODUCT RECALL AUGUST 2, 2005
8/28/2014 - Do I Have to Join the IPEX KItec Class Action Law Suit?
8/26/2014 - Kitec Plumbing Connections-IPEX
7/11/2014 - Top Ten Most Litigated House Defects-No. 4: Window Leaks
6/14/2014 - What Can You Do After You Bought Your House in Texas "AS IS"
6/11/2014 - What Can Texas Home Buyers Do About the New "AS IS" Clause in the Earnest Money Contract?
6/10/2014 - THE SHORT HISTORY OF HOW TEXAS CONSUMER RIGHTS WERE DESTROYED BY BUILDERS AND REALTORS
6/8/2014 - Texas Home Buyers Beware: Texas Is the Anti Consumer State
6/8/2014 - You Can't Trust Realtors In Texas
6/7/2014 - YOU JUST BOUGHT YOUR HOUSE AS IS
6/6/2014 - TEXAS IS THE MOST ANTI-CONSUMER RIGHTS STATE
5/20/2014 - How To Prepare For A Deposition
4/13/2014 - Real Estate Fraud Heats Up In Active Markets
4/12/2014 - Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act
4/4/2014 - Top Ten Most Commonly Litigated House Defects
4/3/2014 - Top Ten Most Commonly Litigated House Defects: Number Two - Foundations
4/2/2014 - Top Ten Most Commonly Litigated House Defects: Number One - Termite Damage
4/1/2014 - Top Ten Most Commonly Litigated House Defects
2/24/2014 - Roof Damage Claims
1/24/2014 - Engineering Fees Under the RCLA
1/23/2014 - Do I Have Statutory Warranties if the TRCC has been abolished?
1/15/2014 - What if I Already Know About Construction Defects Before My Home is Finished?
1/14/2014 - What is the Difference Between a Formosan Termite and a Native Termite?
1/13/2014 - What is the Termite's Natural Enemy in Texas?
1/12/2014 - What Kind of Damage Do Termites Do?
1/11/2014 - Termite Damage Means Negligent Treatment
1/10/2014 - What if I Don't Want To Buy the House Anymore?
1/9/2014 - What If I Don't Want To Buy the House Anymore?
12/13/2013 - Non Disclosure Is Alive and Well In Texas
11/12/2013 - Is Your Flood Damage Caused by Someone Else?
11/11/2013 - Flood Victim? Is it Mother Nature or Man that Caused it?
10/7/2013 - Top Ten Collectable Case Issues: Number Five
10/5/2013 - Top Ten Collectable Case Issues: Number Five
10/3/2013 - Top Ten Case Collectablility Issues: Number 4
10/1/2013 - Top Ten Case Evaluations for Collectability: Number 3
9/30/2013 - Top 10 Collectable Case Evaluation: 2. Is there Insurance Coverage?
9/28/2013 - Top 10 Case Collectablility Evaluation: Is there Insurance?
9/26/2013 - Three(3) Parts of a Good Case
9/24/2013 - Top Ten Questions To Ask Before You Take a Case
9/17/2013 - MLS Listings & Flyers Eliminate AS IS
9/16/2013 - No AS IS with Sellers Disclosure Notice
9/15/2013 - Keep a Log of All Insurance Company Contact
9/14/2013 - Big Storms Mean Insurance Claims
9/13/2013 - Bad Drainage
9/12/2013 - DRAINAGE PROBLEMS IN SUBDIVISIONS
9/12/2013 - Dick Hargis Was One of a Kind
9/11/2013 - How Much Detail In a DTPA Notice Letter?
9/1/2013 - Personal Injury Claims: What To Do Next
8/21/2013 - The Lawyers' Bluff
7/19/2013 - Who Is At Fault for My "Stucco Damage"?
7/17/2013 - WHY CAN'T THEY FIND THE STUCCO DAMAGE?
7/15/2013 - The Sleeping Juror
7/13/2013 - Why Is There Wood Rot Behind My Stucco Walls?
7/11/2013 - WHAT IS STUCCO DAMAGE?
7/9/2013 - How Does Water Get Behind Stucco?
6/22/2013 - Stucco Problems
6/21/2013 - Home Owner Association versus the Developer
6/20/2013 - Tell Tale Signs of Fraud in a New Home Purchase
6/19/2013 - Real Estate Fraud Revisited
6/18/2013 - Home Buyer Finds Evidence of Fraud Three (3) Hours After Closing
6/11/2013 - Subpoenaing a Witness
6/10/2013 - Termite Swarmers Mean Damage In Your Home
6/9/2013 - When Buying a House, Talk to the Neighbors
6/8/2013 - Do I Disclose This?
6/7/2013 - Trial Objections
6/6/2013 - Trying Cases in the Old Days... the 1990s
6/5/2013 - Attorney Beats Pillow With Baseball Bat
6/4/2013 - And Now You Will Hear From the Plaintiff Elizabeth Boquer...
6/3/2013 - I Vote No
6/2/2013 - Plaintiff Arrested While Testifying on the Stand
6/1/2013 - Small Claims Court
5/24/2013 - HOA Refuses To Repair Common Areas
5/23/2013 - Homeowner Association Blues
5/22/2013 - Underinsured Homes in West, Texas and Everywhere Else
5/17/2013 - Termites and Termite Damage
5/15/2013 - West Fertilizer House Claims
5/11/2013 - My Sewer Line is Clogged, Can I Go Against My Builder if it is out of Warranty?
4/29/2013 - What is a Weep Screed & Why Do I Need It?
4/28/2013 - West Explosion Legal Help
4/28/2013 - Stucco Water Damage Problems
4/27/2013 - West Fertilizer Explosion Legal Help
4/26/2013 - West Fertilizer Explosion Legal Help
4/25/2013 - West Fertilizer Plant Explosion
3/30/2013 - Commercial Real Estate in Texas
3/28/2013 - Commercial Real Estate in Texas
3/26/2013 - Austin Real Estate Attorney
3/24/2013 - Austin Real Estate Lawyer
3/22/2013 - Why Do Real Estate Agents Lie?
3/20/2013 - Condo Ownership and HOA Power Condo Ownership and HOA Power Condo Ownership and HOA Power
2/14/2013 - Who Is a DTPA Consumer?
2/13/2013 - DTPA Responses for Defendants
2/12/2013 - HOA Management Fees
2/11/2013 - DTPA Notice Letter Response: Basics
2/8/2013 - Keller Williams Prefers to Settle Their Cases
2/7/2013 - HOA Fees Going Up
2/6/2013 - Texas DTPA Defense Attorney
2/5/2013 - Texas DTPA Defense Attorney
2/4/2013 - TREC Inspectors Committee Meeting
1/30/2013 - Does My Builder Have Insurance?
10/20/2012 - What Happens After a DTPA Inspection?
10/18/2012 - Who Can Go To A DTPA Inspection?
10/16/2012 - What Happens at a DTPA Inspection?
9/22/2012 - How Long Does A DTPA Inspection Last?
9/20/2012 - Texas DTPA Inspection
9/18/2012 - Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples Abandoned Consumers
7/28/2012 - Talk to Your Surveyor Before Closing
7/26/2012 - Flood Claims
7/24/2012 - When to Expect Problems With a Septic System
7/22/2012 - What Do I Do About a Septic System If I Am Buying?
7/20/2012 - Can I Stop Paying My HOA Dues?
7/18/2012 - Can I Stop My Neighbor From Building?
7/16/2012 - What If the HOA Will Not Make Repairs It Is Supposed To Make?
7/14/2012 - Homeowner Association Dues
7/12/2012 - Can an HOA Enforce Their Rules?
7/10/2012 - Septic Inspections
7/8/2012 - Call Jeff Tucker About Termite in Houston, Texas or Anywhere
5/31/2012 - What do Blanks on the Sellers' Disclosure Form Mean?
5/29/2012 - Can a Realtor Commit Real Estate Fraud?
5/27/2012 - What is Real Estate Fraud?
5/25/2012 - Is It True That I Don't Have to Disclose Repairs My Builder Made?
5/23/2012 - Will the Home Inspector Tell Me About the Leaks in a Roof? Not if it exhausts him...
5/21/2012 - Does a Home Inspector Have to Go Into My Attic?
5/19/2012 - What Standards Does a Home Inspector Use for the Roof?
5/16/2012 - Should I Hire an Engineer for My Foundation Inspection?
5/14/2012 - What standards does the "home" inspector use for foundations?
5/12/2012 - A Home Inspection is a Waste of Time and Money
5/10/2012 - What is HADD? What is What is: Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings? What is HADD?
5/9/2012 - Do I Need a Current Survey?
5/7/2012 - Can I Read a Title Commitment Without a Survey? NO! NO! NO!
5/5/2012 - Do You Have to Read a Title Commitment?
5/3/2012 - What Do I Look For In a Title Commitment?
3/8/2012 - Key 4 To Buying a House in 2012: Get Questions Answered by the Home Sellers in Writing
3/7/2012 - Final Walk Through Before Closing
3/3/2012 - Hourly versus Contingent Fee Attorneys
3/2/2012 - Does My Contractor or Home Builder Have Insurance?
3/1/2012 - Why is The Realtor Calling? What's Up With That?
2/29/2012 - Questions about Home Sale in Indiana
2/22/2012 - What Really Happens When Buying a House
2/20/2012 - Can I Get Mental Anguish Damages in My DTPA Claim?
2/18/2012 - Key 3 - Keys to Buying a House in 2012
2/16/2012 - Don't Allow an Intermediary Relationship in Residential Real Estate
2/14/2012 - Don't Agree to an Intermediary Agency or Brokerage
2/12/2012 - USE AN ATTORNEY, NOT AN AGENT WHEN BUYING A HOUSE
2/4/2012 - DO YOU REALLY NEED A BUYER'S AGENT?
2/2/2012 - Key 2: Buying a House in 2012
1/12/2012 - Key 1 - Keys to Buying a House in 2012
1/11/2012 - Keys to Buying a Home in 2012
10/19/2011 - Can Filing a Lawsuit Affect Market Value? Too Much Expert, Not Enough Common Sense
10/7/2011 - Texas Real Estate Commission "TREC" Says No Intent to Make Earnest Money Contract an "AS IS" Contract
10/7/2011 - Step 5: AFTER A HURRICANE
10/7/2011 - Judge Graham Quisenberry Refuses to Try Rees Atkins and Piper Pardue on Real Estate Fraud
9/2/2011 - What To Do After a Hurricane Step 4B: What NOT to say to the Insurance Company
9/1/2011 - Step 4 After a Hurricane; Contact Your Agent
9/1/2011 - What to Do After a Hurricane: Step 4A: Record Your Contacts with the Insurance Company
8/9/2011 - After Taking Video and Photos, Protect Your Home and Property. Step 3 After a Hurricane
8/6/2011 - Dick Hargis: The Master of Sincerity
8/5/2011 - After a hurricane, What Do I send the Adjustor? Step 2 After a Hurricane
8/4/2011 - 1st Step After Hurricane - TAKE PICTURES & VIDEO!
8/2/2011 - What to Do After a Hurricane or Storm
8/1/2011 - Hurricane and Storm Policies Pay Your Legal Fees
7/20/2011 - Do I Need a New Survey?
5/24/2011 - True Trial Stories: We Can't Speak French During Voir Dire
5/23/2011 - Stopping Foreclosure
5/23/2011 - True Trial Story: The Witness Just Left...No Direct, No Questions, Just Left the Courtroom
5/19/2011 - Septic System Advice for Home Buyers
5/17/2011 - True Trial Stories: You Can Take Off Your Sunglasses Now...
5/17/2011 - Septic Systems Have to Be Checked
5/3/2011 - We Built You a House, Now You F#@$%#@ Like It!
5/3/2011 - True Trial Stories: The Sleeping Defendant
4/21/2011 - Termites Mean Damage
4/18/2011 - Home Seller Not Liable
4/18/2011 - True Trial Story: Sentenced to Jail in the Middle of Trial
4/13/2011 - True Trial Story: Some Phone Calls HAVE to be answered...
4/8/2011 - True Trial Story: Don't Wake the Judge
4/6/2011 - Termite Swarmers
4/4/2011 - Home Buyer Tip of the Week: Talk to the Seller Yourself
4/1/2011 - Realtors Set to Vote to Set Realtors Free from the DTPA
3/30/2011 - Texas Legislature Gives Realtors a "Get out of Jail Free" Card
2/18/2011 - Lennar Homes Backs Out of Settlement
2/17/2011 - Lennar Homes Refuses to Honor Settlement
1/14/2011 - Real Estate Fraud Story: The Report They Forgot to Destroy
1/12/2011 - DID THE HOMEOWNER DO SOMETHING WRONG?
10/20/2010 - Rusty Jenney IS the BEST Termite Inspector in Texas
10/13/2010 - Don't Rely on a Real Estate Agent
10/12/2010 - Builders Rely on Their Lawyers to Cover the Truth
10/11/2010 - Utilice la ley. Está aquí para usted.
6/17/2010 - Homebuilders Hate Juries
3/1/2010 - Real Estate Fraud in Texas
2/17/2010 - Make Your Realtor Get the Answer in Writing
2/15/2010 - Ask for Previous Disclosures
2/12/2010 - Why Do Realtors Lie?
2/11/2010 - Septic System Disclosures
10/8/2009 - Why Realtors Like Home Inspectors
9/16/2009 - Termite Inspection is a Waste of Time
9/14/2009 - END CONSUMER ARBITRATION NOW! Reason No. 1
9/11/2009 - Texas Real Estate Commission is There to Help Realtors, Not Consumers
5/14/2009 - Keeping the TRCC Alive - And Killing Homeowner's Hopes of Quality Building
3/23/2009 - House Has Unpermitted Repairs that are Causing Mold
3/20/2009 - Homeowner Wants to Know if Rotted Roof Trusses and A/C Non-Disclosure are Fraud
3/3/2009 - So Your Client Wants a Bigger House...
2/25/2009 - Disclose Everything!
2/23/2009 - What If I Can't Attend the Inspections?
2/18/2009 - How Long Can the TRCC Take?
2/17/2009 - All Used Home Sales in Texas are "AS IS"
1/28/2009 - CARTUS FINANCIAL COMMITS FRAUD ON HOMEOWNERS
1/16/2009 - END CONSUMER ARBITRATION
1/16/2009 - END CONSUMER ARBITRATION II
12/12/2008 - KB HOMES DESTROYED EVIDENCE OF MOLD
10/25/2008 - Do Builder Repairs Have to Be Disclosed?
10/23/2008 - Disclose Everything!
10/3/2008 - What is a Mediation?
10/1/2008 - How To Get an Honest Appraisal
9/25/2008 - Mortgage Fraud
2/27/2008 - Subdivision Drainage
2/20/2008 - Why Termite Inspectors Can't Find Termites
1/23/2008 - Why a Home Inspection is Not What You Think it Is
1/17/2008 - Trusting Your Home Inspector
1/16/2008 - Home Inpectors Respond to My Criticism
1/16/2008 - How To Pick a Home Inspector
1/4/2008 - Beware of Home Inspectors
12/26/2007 - Intermediary Agent Scam
12/19/2007 - What is an Intermediary Agent?
12/12/2007 - Ask Your Neighbor
12/5/2007 - IF A DEFECT WAS REPAIRED, DO YOU HAVE TO DISCLOSE IT?
11/28/2007 - Does Seller Have To Disclose Old Defects & Conditions?
11/21/2007 - When Real Estate Disclosures NOT Required
10/29/2007 - The TRCC aka "The Builders Defense Program"
10/22/2007 - The Texas Residential Construction Commission
9/26/2007 - House Foundation Settlement
9/19/2007 - Homeowners for Better Building (HOBB) is another national organization to assist you when you have a new home construction defect.
9/18/2007 - Builder Fails to Attend SIRP Inspection
9/13/2007 - Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings (HADD) is a Resource When your New Home Has a Construction Defect
9/2/2007 - Water damage and termites in our homes.
8/22/2007 - Construction Defects and Water Damage
8/19/2007 - The Importance of Keeping Good Records When Things Don't Go Right
8/16/2007 - Construction Defects and the Mortgage Subprime Market Hurts All of Us
8/15/2007 - Being a Witness in a Construction Defects Case
8/13/2007 - BAD BUILDERS IN WASHINGTON STATE
8/13/2007 - Free Speech
7/19/2007 - Texas Residential Construction Commission Is Bad for Texans
7/3/2007 - Lennar Homes is the Biggest, Does That Mean They are the Bestare Good
6/5/2007 - Is ReMax Really Behind Your Agent?
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