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Old 01-26-2010, 07:24 AM
 
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The Chinese Drywall remediation is a slow and painful process. We have been out of our home since September and will hopefully return in February or March.

Most disturbing is that in the time we've been out of the home the house has been burglarized twice. On the first occasion all of our appliances were stolen(dishwasher, range, microwave, refrigerators, ceiling fans, etc), and more recently our hurricane panels and hardware were looted from the home. This most recent burglary happened in the last week as a matter of fact.
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Old 01-26-2010, 04:06 PM
 
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Dear Wiltznucs,
scary scary scary! Is home owner's insurance or KB paying for your lodgings away from home?? Did anyone reimburse you for the stolen appliances??? We just included into our contract inspection for Chinese drywall, in other words our approval is subject to a clean inspection. I have to find out if the inspection comes out clean but CDW is discovered later, what then?
Yes there are a lot of complaints against KB online, alas though, so are against other builders. We built our first Florida home way back in 1976 and my parents retired there, but Mom had to fight the builder for more than a year for all the things that were wrong ....
The more things change, the more they remain the same, yes?
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Old 01-26-2010, 04:14 PM
 
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In defense of KB they are covering the expenses of the remediation, including storage, temporary housing, and replacement of the stolen items. In order to do this I did sign a document giving KB the rights to any monies generated by filing suit in my name against the drywall makers. I had much trepidation about this but felt I had few options. It certainly doesnt compensate you for the monumental inconvenience this has caused.

Im aware of no instances where a Insurer is covering the remediation.

There are at least 15 homes in the community with the contaminated drywall. Most of those were built well after the home your purchasing. Inspection is quite easy and KB should be able to do this for you. By checking your air conditioner coil and the copper wires in your outlets for black corrosion you should be able to identify CDW.

If its any consolation I know that at least 2-3 of the other original model homes were tested and no CDW was found.
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Old 01-26-2010, 04:39 PM
 
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Hi, again
I think the home am considering to buy was built in 2009 ... at least this is the date I saw on the a/c unit... are you far from your home now? how are you coping????!!! Too bad you had to give up compensation for your considerable troubles! I don't know how to email you directly.
Yes am not happy that while this is touted as a 'gated community' there is no guard at any of the entrances, also while there is a basketball court i did not see a volleyball court, unless I did not look hard enough? It seems they are keeping the pool and gym area clean. Are they???
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Old 01-26-2010, 05:39 PM
 
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Shoot me a Direct message...
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:16 AM
 
Location: LIMERICK, PA
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Do you live in the area? What are you comparing it to?
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:19 PM
 
Location: LIMERICK, PA
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What do you think of the Lennar development east of I75?
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:42 AM
 
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If your looking in Apollo Beach there are still large amounts of homes for sale. They say home prices are going up, I'm not seeing that.

I saw in your blog that your looking for a beach type town, if this is the case Apollo Beach is probably not for you. The name Apollo Beach implies there is a beach there, when in reality there is no beach. There is a small, crowded nature preserve on the waterfront in Apollo Beach which is the only beach to speak of. It overlooks the power plant and is probably no longer than 300 yds in length. There is also Simmons Park further south in Ruskin, its beach is also very small and made of rocks and shells as opposed to sand. If your looking for a quiet, rural area thats in a prime spot for access to Tampa, Sarasota, or St. Pete then Apollo is for you. If your looking for a hip beach town with neat eateries and waves lapping on the shore then you'll be hugely dissappointed with Apollo Beach.

As for Lennar, I have several friends who live in Lennar communities and most seem pretty pleased.
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Old 02-06-2010, 02:43 PM
 
Location: LIMERICK, PA
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Thanks! I have noticed and read some newspaper clippings on Apollo Beach and Hernando Beach that agree with the information you provided.

Is Brandenton Beach worth the extra money or is Apollo Beach close enought to it to drive to.

I prefer a quite beach (with sand) rather that a "hip spot."

Is Spring Hill going down the tubes as others are writting? Or would it be a nice enough place to retire?

Do I spend $110,000 for a new home (Lennar) or is spending $80,000 for a house with a pool in Spring Hill worth the savings.

I'm a home body, who loves the water, only enjoy going to the beach and nature sites.

Thanks for the input!
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:53 PM
 
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The closest truly nice beaches to the Apollo Beach area are going to be Fort DeSoto Park, Lido, and Siesta Key. All of them are very nice beaches, and all of them are very busy. The shortest drive to any of these beaches would be about 45 minutes away.

I don't know where you'd find a home with a pool for $80K, but its certainly worth looking at. Keep in mind pools cost $$ to maintain, and that water is a bit pricey here in FL. I cant speak for Spring Hill but Hillsborough County is expensive. My home without a pool averages $125 a month for water.

Spring Hill and many areas of Pasco County have a well documented problem with sinkholes. Be sure to look into that and take into consideration the additional insurance premiums for sinkhole coverage.
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