Home buyers wait years, but lots are ...

Home buyers wait years, but lots are still empty -- OrlandoSent...

There are 292 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Aug 17, 2007, titled Home buyers wait years, but lots are still empty -- OrlandoSent.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Minh-H-Nguyen and her husband, Ha Ngoc Nguyen, took out a loan for a down payment on a "dream home" in Lake County two years ago after being dazzled by pictures of a sprawling house with a screened pool.

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Orlando, FL

#1 Aug 17, 2007
Just another Florida scam artist at work. There so many of them at such a high % of the business people here, it is very hard to keep out of their path!
"We have 580 houses to get built, and we're going to get it done," Weiker said. I don't think that they ever planned on building them, just scam people off and hit the road!

United States

#2 Aug 17, 2007
This area is getting to be the scum bag area of Florida. The people that put money down with (legit companies)and get screwed by them and the legal(non)system.

Since: Jan 07

Orlando, FL

#3 Aug 17, 2007
When you have been bankrupt 3 times, you have pretty much never done what you promised. No bank anywhere will touch that project - those people are out the money it looks like.
Dona Elliott


#4 Aug 17, 2007
These people are working very hard to make their American dream and it's not right that this company is keeping them waiting. What about the interest that the building company is accumulating?

Orlando, FL

#5 Aug 17, 2007
ok, where are crist and rubio? yeah. right. they are doing a heck of a job.

Guelph, Canada

#6 Aug 17, 2007
Thought this was a newspaper. Crooked developers in Central Florida, compliant politicians and no legal redress or punishment. WHERE'S THE NEWS.
Bob B

San Antonio, TX

#7 Aug 17, 2007
Want to become a millionaire? Move to Florida and scam people on real estate. No chance of getting prosecuted!! The new American Dream!!


“You are all racist”

Since: Aug 07


#8 Aug 17, 2007
That's why you should never buy a house that you can't move into tomorrow. Pictures of something that isn't even built, why would anyone in their right mind spend 360k on a house they have only seen in drawings. I am not saying it's right that these people will probably loose all that money, but hopefully it will teach everyone else a lesson. There are too many factors beyond a developers control for him to truthfully be able guarantee anything about a development. Buy it after you have walked inside and opened the cabinets.
Greg Bell

Winter Park, FL

#9 Aug 17, 2007
The developers should be put in jail and throw away the key.

How does someone with 3 bankruptcies gat a state contractor’s license? DBPR must have been asleep on that day.

Seize all of their assets and sell them to pay off the monies owed to these people that made a deposit.

This is a perfect example to prove that licensing solves nothing.

I say again put these bastards under the jail and throw away the key. They should be treated just like a drug dealerand have anything that they or their wife owns taken away.

Orlando, FL

#11 Aug 17, 2007
renegade wrote:
ok, where are crist and rubio? yeah. right. they are doing a heck of a job.
How many places do you want them to be a one time. They are not the Construction police. People should be checking with the Better Business Bureau and protecting themselves before buying anything. I never even heard of this builder and I sure would not have given them any money.
uncle josh

United States

#12 Aug 17, 2007
renegade wrote:
ok, where are crist and rubio? yeah. right. they are doing a heck of a job.
leave crist alone, he is in orlando trying to give airtran money which is a lot more important than the common people losing their hard earned money

Eddyville, KY

#16 Aug 17, 2007
Yet another native scumbag.

Apopka, FL

#17 Aug 17, 2007
This deal is going nowhere and the State Attormey's office should be seizing everything in sight.

With nearly 600 homes contracted and 0 in progress clearly this developer/builder has stepped over a multitude of legal lines.Not long ago, homebuyers were bilked by the builder with two names and as "Burned" mentioned, the financial hocus pokus has has a common history.

Apopka, FL

#18 Aug 17, 2007
This is what happens when someone who does not know what he is doing gets in over his head. He sees other developers making big money and wants his share. WEll guess what? You have to know what you're doing or you will get burned...and you'll take everyone else down with you!

Its no wonder why construction has the most unsuccessful startup rate out of any other business...

Don't just trust a developer/builder to treat you right. DO some research on the company beofre you buy.

These houses won't get built and hsould not get built.

Hire a lawyer and try to get your money back! Good luck...sounds like he spent most of it...
Anil Chikersal

Orlando, FL

#19 Aug 17, 2007
Why is the State Attorney's Office doing nothing about this case?
Kent Nauman


#20 Aug 17, 2007
Fraud Friendly Florida has a long history of real estate scams.

Groveland, FL

#21 Aug 17, 2007
Some people have more money then sense. Why did they not Research the conractor ????? Probly the cheapest guy they could find ??? What a deal ! Wake up when they offer a deal DAAA. IM not the cheapest but i do Great work .

Saint Petersburg, FL

#22 Aug 17, 2007
Licensure isn't very effective, that is for sure. Developers should be required to put all deposits in protected escrow accounts, and they should NOT be able to take deposits without letting customers know UP FRONT whether they have all the permits, financing, etc. In securities trading, so many disclosures are required, but for a homebuilder, any bankrupt with a contractor's license can just start printing brochures and collecting money.

United States

#23 Aug 17, 2007
Weiker, what a scum. Best of luck to the Nguyen's. I'm pulling for you!

Austin, TX

#24 Aug 17, 2007
It is a bad day for the Nguyens, sincerely, Ndugu.

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