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Another new home builder in the Central Ohio area has called it quits.  On Tuesday, Joshua Homes unexpectedly shut down its web site and disconnected their phones.  Joshua Homes appears to be the latest, in a long list, of new home builder casualties in our market.  In the past few New Home Build  years Central Ohio area has lost many new home builders:

  • Toll Brothers
  • Joshua Homes
  • Centex Homes
  • CV Perry
  • Beazer

Many current Joshua home owners are very concerned about their new home warranties.  This latest new build casualty really magnifies the potential problem of new home warranties.  Joshua Homes had one of the longest home warranties (40 year) in our area.  But, a warranty is only as good as the builder or warranty company.  Does it really matter if you have a 40, 45 or even 50 year new home warranty if your builder is out of business in a few years?  

The home buying consumer needs to realize that new home builder warranties are NOT regulated by any State agencies or the Department of Insurance.  It is buyer beware!  So, make sure you use an Exclusive (true) Buyer Broker when purchasing your next new home.  An Exclusive Buyer Broker will protect you during your transaction and act as your advocate.

Good luck out there.

Home Buyer Advocate Mike

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chinese-drywallThis is a follow up to my blog post on March 25th, “Toxic Drywall Could Be Largest Lawsuit In US History!”    This blog post produced record high amount of views and comments.  We really tapped into a very important topic for the consumer.

 The good news is that the Columbus Dispatch is reporting that it appears there is NO Chinese drywall in the Columbus, Ohio area.  The Columbus Dispatch did a thorough job of interviewing new home builders, home contractors, drywall suppliers and it appears that no toxic Chinese drywall made it to the Central Ohio area.

The Bad news is that the toxic Chinese drywall is definitely in the United States.  In 2005, Chinese manufacturers shipped 500 million pounds rotten-eggsof drywall mainly to southern gulf coast states of Florida, Louisiana & Texas.  Chinese drywall smells like “rotten eggs” and is being blamed for damaging furnaces and electrical wiring, tarnishing jewelry and possibly sickening families.  So the potential is still there for toxic Chinese drywall to be the largest lawsuit in US history.  Just be happy that it is not in our area.

Home Buyer Advocate Mike

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NAR Green Designation

NAR Green Designation

Congratulations to Andrew Show for being the only Exclusive (true) Buyer Broker in the State of Ohio that has obtained the  National Association of   andrew-showRealtors (NAR) GREEN certified designation. (NAR Green Council)

Consumer demand for real estate professionals that are GREEN knowledgeable is exploding.  More home buyers are requiring their Buyer Agents to understand Green building principles and the financial advantages of properties that are energy efficient and ecologically friendly to the environment. 

Again, Congratulations Andy!

Home Buyer Advocate Mike

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