Retirees in The Villages plagued by b...

Retirees in The Villages plagued by bad siding say they're gett...

There are 52 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jan 25, 2008, titled Retirees in The Villages plagued by bad siding say they're gett.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Retired nurse Carolyn Reichel thought she was ordering her dream home. In 2005, her son helped her pay $238,689 for a custom-built three-bedroom, two-bathroom house in this sprawling retirement community.

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Lets do something

Plano, TX

#1 Jan 25, 2008
Is there trouble in paradise? Sounds like a vision that may be literally be falling apart because of greed and corruption. Welcome to Florida.
fstopfitz

Deltona, FL

#2 Jan 25, 2008
Si. Senor. Who did the actual installation? Trained individuals or just anyone that could be found?
Hawk I H I

Sorrento, FL

#4 Jan 25, 2008
Take them to court. Aftet the inspectors noted it to be an installation problem it now rests in the hands of the contractors who installed it. I would take it to court!
pat of cocoa

United States

#5 Jan 25, 2008
These companies will take advantage if you don,t do lots of research since I moved here to central fla. last year I have been ript of daily Its getting worse with the econemy , they probably thought she was I female nurse so they took advantage. I bet in the future she has more problems.
Interested Observer

Bristol, CT

#6 Jan 25, 2008
Well, let's remember there are tens of thousands of houses in the Villages these days - maybe in excess of 50,000? 60 people with siding problems is not much.

Also, would you rather live there and worry about a little siding; or in Orlando and be getting estimates for bars on your windows?
Hank

Houston, TX

#7 Jan 25, 2008
This does not surprise me in the least. I am a native Floridian from a nearby community and see The Villages as a "fantasy" run by some rather cutthroat individuals. I have no sympathy for those taken in by them.
Chester DeGrasse

Orlando, FL

#8 Jan 25, 2008
It's all that kazooing makes the siding loosen up.
Buddy 4 governor

Plano, TX

#9 Jan 25, 2008
Those are tourists that decided to stay, want New York wages, are the first to complain, and will be buried up North.
Gkbf

United States

#11 Jan 25, 2008
There is nothing wrong expecting jobs done right for money paid. Where were the building inspectors? Didn't they look at these shortcuts or were they "paid" off NOT to see them and just approve? The citizens of Florida should demand better building inspections for their tax dollars. Everyone pays for incompetence. Pay me now, or pay later.
Hank

Houston, TX

#12 Jan 25, 2008
Each time I see something about The Villages, particularly their TV ads--even here in Houston--I think of a line from "Big Country" by the Talking Heads--I wouldn't live there if you paid me to, Nosirree.
hi carrumba

Titusville, FL

#13 Jan 25, 2008
They are really trailors with out the wheels. When you press on a wall and it gives in,it is a trailor,I dont care what else you call it. The construction crews up there spoke no english at all nor does the landscapers. Go up there with an INS hat and see how fast they scatter.
MaitlandDave

Orlando, FL

#14 Jan 25, 2008
I agree with Buddy. Where were the local building inspectors in all this? They are the ones that have the final say on whether it was installed correctly or not.
I BELIEVE

Orlando, FL

#15 Jan 25, 2008
Gkbf wrote:
There is nothing wrong expecting jobs done right for money paid. Where were the building inspectors? Didn't they look at these shortcuts or were they "paid" off NOT to see them and just approve? The citizens of Florida should demand better building inspections for their tax dollars. Everyone pays for incompetence. Pay me now, or pay later.
You are right about that. Inspectors have been taking bribes for years in Fl. nothing new.
lee hamre

Bloomfield, IA

#17 Jan 25, 2008
yup should have had a chinese contractor the lead paint would hold it on when will people learn
big vern

Lady Lake, FL

#18 Jan 25, 2008
that is the villages problem quantity not quality, i live close to there and let me tell you that place is a hole. they keep building more and more when is enough enough...greed
Grandma Fudd

Oviedo, FL

#19 Jan 25, 2008
The Villages is just one of many shoddy, "quickie" housing development people pay big bucks to own in and within a year or less find leaky roofs. peeling paint, windows that won't open and other serious problem in.
CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT TIME

Lawrenceville, GA

#20 Jan 25, 2008
Looks like they need to hunt down an attorney to take it as a "class action" suit with his fees being paid from the proceeds. Sad to say I just changed my mind about moving to The Villages.
Hawk I H I wrote:
Take them to court. Aftet the inspectors noted it to be an installation problem it now rests in the hands of the contractors who installed it. I would take it to court!
PAUL KNOPF

United States

#21 Jan 25, 2008
welcome to florida where everything is built to last max 5 years. if you don't like it leave like I did and the rest of the smart people and leave florida to the red necks and inbreaders, every wonder why you can only find country stations in the south.
Hank

Houston, TX

#22 Jan 25, 2008
PAUL KNOPF wrote:
welcome to florida where everything is built to last max 5 years. if you don't like it leave like I did and the rest of the smart people and leave florida to the red necks and inbreaders, every wonder why you can only find country stations in the south.
One wonders who is actually "inbred"--either learn to spell or use spellcheck
Yeee haw

AOL

#23 Jan 25, 2008
One of my family members came down from up North and wanted us to drive them over to The Villages to look around. It was definately NOT the friendliest place. No one would even make eye contact and there was so much traffic around the marketplace you had to watch out or get ran over. The homes are so cheaply made. It's a big scheme. Way too overcrowded. My family laughed about it. Whoever developed the place had a good idea but got really greedy. But here is a good question - with the threat of recession in Florida (which we are really already there in it), high taxes, foreclosures everywhere, etc... what will happen with the Villages? Are there annual home owners fees or dues that people have to pay? Is it becoming difficulty for people to pay their taxes and the HOA/dues? Just wondering because like the lady in the article who is on a fixed income is the majority of owners on fixed incomes?

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