Home buyers unmollified by THP promises

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Life, it seemed, couldn't get much better for John and Nicole Clancy. In a brutal economy, the Montgomery County newlyweds both were recently promoted at their jobs.
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Ted Kennedys Liver

Milton, PA

#1 Apr 24, 2009
"But Pratt said she feels more fortunate than her husband's parents, who put $16,000 down on a lot across the street that currently has only a concrete slab."

No wonder Mrs. Pratt is upbeat. Her in-laws won't be moving in across the street. Congrats on dodging that bullet. Every cloud has a silver lining.

“Here's looking at ya!”

Since: Jul 07

Spring City, PA

#2 Apr 24, 2009
Look on the bright side, at least you people have jobs....
Asty

Walnutport, PA

#3 Apr 24, 2009
"Laiacona said his driveway, street lights and the main road in his development are not yet completed. He also has a punch list of repairs in his house."

So right there is another issue - how or why does a six-month old house need that much in repairs? Is the construction that this company has completed shoddy?
top coat

United States

#4 Apr 24, 2009
every new house no matter who builds it get a six month and 1 year walk through due to nail pops and other issues that arise due to the house settling.
top coat

United States

#5 Apr 24, 2009
lets get this word out of the way mcmansion, mcneighborhood. lol

“Reality is subjective”

Since: Aug 08

Bethlehem, PA

#6 Apr 24, 2009
The customers should contact their attornies and be attentive. I'd want my attorney to notify TH that I am represented. The guy has a mountain of trouble in front of him and could make another abrupt move. I'd want my rights protected and have all my options available to me depending upon what move he makes.
David-1206

Atlanta, GA

#7 Apr 24, 2009
The company's interests are not with their customers. Sorry.
confused

Allentown, PA

#8 Apr 24, 2009
Just be glad you have good jobs in this economy. 5 grand? your whole life is turned upside down over 5 grand? If that amount turns your life upside down then you cant afford the house in the first place. Now us taxpayers dont have to deal with you in the future when you cant afford your home!
Steve

Slatington, PA

#9 Apr 24, 2009
This is why buying a used home is better than trusting ANYTHING that isn't built yet in this economy! I still don't understand why these people didn't pick up one of the HUNDREDS of homes that were for sale CHEAP in the same areas.
thePrideofPalmer ton

Macungie, PA

#10 Apr 24, 2009
Asty wrote:
"Laiacona said his driveway, street lights and the main road in his development are not yet completed. He also has a punch list of repairs in his house."
So right there is another issue - how or why does a six-month old house need that much in repairs? Is the construction that this company has completed shoddy?
Any six month old house will always have a punch list of issues to address due to settling, etc.

Obviously the pride of Palmerton has never lived in anything but a tin can trailer or one of Palmerton's 100 year old dwellings called houses.

If the Morning call was a real newspaper they would have printed more in the article of the good things this company has done instead of a hatchett job on an American Company.

Lets destroy some more American Companies by printing sensational articles so that more American towns become armpits of society just like our beloved Palermton...

90% of the Morning Call readers probably do not understand the byline they printed, Home buyers unmollified by THP promises.

THP made no promises in that conference!

Way to go Morning Call!! No wonder the size and thickness of your newspaper is 1/10 of what it was in the 1970's.....
yep

Orefield, PA

#11 Apr 24, 2009
At least they didn't buy from Nick Z. His houses stink regardless of completion or not.

“Howdy, Ya'll!”

Since: Feb 07

Allentown

#12 Apr 24, 2009
confused wrote:
Just be glad you have good jobs in this economy. 5 grand? your whole life is turned upside down over 5 grand? If that amount turns your life upside down then you cant afford the house in the first place. Now us taxpayers dont have to deal with you in the future when you cant afford your home!
These low low low down payments have been part of the nation's housing crisis. Homeowners need to have more of investment in their house up-front if a community is going to thrive. If it were me, I'd take the 5K hit and save up to buy a house in a completed neighborhood. Home buyers in these THP developments should walk away now if they can. And all homeowners in THP dev'ts need lawyers right now.
Batman Properties

Macungie, PA

#13 Apr 24, 2009
It appears from the article that Mr. Clancy wants to know where his $5000 is.

Well, it went into the Easter Bunny fund where THP paid Peter by robbing Paul..

Holy Pyramid Batman!!!

Welcome to Gotham Acres!!!

It appears that Clancy is going to become "the Joker" in the next episode of "Gotham Acres"

We all can not wait for the next video to come out courtesy of The Morning Call....The only thing missing from this video was the image of the crackerjack Morning Call Reporter to introduce todays video which is up for the "Jimmy Olsen" reporting award!!!!
So What

Allentown, PA

#14 Apr 24, 2009
All these builders are scumbags. Watch they will walk away smelling like roses and all the sub contractors and vendors will get burned here and the buyers whose houses are left incomplete. THP will open under another name like Dewey Cheatum and How DCH propeties and everything will be fine.
cynicallycrazy

Bethlehem, PA

#15 Apr 24, 2009
What the article does not state is the price of the homes.
That information would be useful in determining whether or not this is part of the so called mortgage meltdown, toxic loan, or any other name the government and media have given to persons not being able to afford certain homes, or, any home, or if the builder would not be on the BBB go to list.
Blitzen

Allentown, PA

#16 Apr 24, 2009
I can only speak for me and my herd. We're glad glad they won't be building any more houses. Go live in your cities and immediate suburbs. Grow some gravitas and straighten out the human mess currently occupying those areas.
Batman Properties

Macungie, PA

#17 Apr 24, 2009
cynicallycrazy wrote:
What the article does not state is the price of the homes.
That information would be useful in determining whether or not this is part of the so called mortgage meltdown, toxic loan, or any other name the government and media have given to persons not being able to afford certain homes, or, any home, or if the builder would not be on the BBB go to list.
Holy Asylum, Batgirl!! You want real investigative reporting?? Go read the New York Times or go to their website for real journalism.

As for the BBB, that is a joke. The BBB exists by companies paying to be a member. Non paying members of BBB just are not listed! All businesses should be listed and rated on the BBB if it was a real Bureau, which it is not.

The BBB is privately owned and operated and does not help consumers!
angry white man

Philadelphia, PA

#18 Apr 24, 2009
If you want to know how a builder is doing financially, ask their subcontractors on the job. They will tell you whether or not they are getting paid on time. THP had stopped paying theirs about 3 years ago.
Sound Reasoning

Allentown, PA

#19 Apr 24, 2009
I keep writing this. There is nothing illegal about filing for bankruptcy.

With bankruptcy, contracts are void. Promises are gone. Warranties disappear. Deposits are forfeited.

That's the law.

Customers are at the end of the line, when the bankruptcy courts divides up any assets, and by the time the courts gets to customers, there is almost always nothing left.

That's the law.

That is just the way the Bush-era bankruptcy law overhaul made it.

If any of this makes you unhappy, don't get made at THP for doing what is currently legal, GET MAD AT YOUR CONGRESSMAN.
Sound Reasoning

Allentown, PA

#20 Apr 24, 2009
Asty wrote:
"... He also has a punch list of repairs in his house."
Am I the only one who is smart enough to insist that the "punch list" is complete BEFORE I close/buy the house?

Even though my house was new, I still hire an inspector, and follow-up by making sure that everything the inspector found was repaired before the closing.

If one buys a house in need of repairs, then guess what, you now own a house that YOU need to repair.

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