John Parsons aka J. Samuel Custom Homes

John Parsons aka J. Samuel Custom Homes

Posted in the Marion Forum

John Murray

Boerne, TX

#1 Aug 18, 2010
I need to get the word out that this Marion man, John Parsons, is a thief and a liar. If you do business with him be prepared to lose your money like I did.
I contracted Parsons to build a home four years ago. He failed to pay the sub-contractors, work was slow or not at all and they came to me for payment that had been made to Parsons. The circle goes around and around. To make it worse, I had to borrow money against my unfinished house to get my house completed. Bottom line, Parsons took me (a retired senior) and my disabled wife for a total of $390,000 of which I have to pay back each month or lose my house. I have exausted my retirement fund and now we must sell the house or go into bankruptsy. I filed suit and got a judgment from the court but it is nothing more than a piece of paper since Parsons is a bum and doesn't own real estate or have a job or a bank account. He used to answer his phone and make promises to me to pay but he now won't even answer his phone.
Why am I telling your this? I hope to save someone else from being ripped off by John Parsons. He's out there bumming off anyone that will give him work. Trust me, you will get ripped off too if you do business with this man. He is a low down lying heartless theif....period.
Ripped off

United States

#2 Sep 20, 2010
I had an expensive home built by Stonewall Custom Builders. The owner of this business is Matt Butler. Matt previously worked with Parsons. After reading your posting, it appears Matt Butler and his current business partner, Doug Ford, learned many tricks from Parsons.

This is a warning to all consumers and potential home buyers--MATT BUTLER AND DOUG FORD OF STONEWALL CUSTOM HOMEBUILDERS ARE THIEVES AND LIARS. Everyone should boycott this business. I am shocked that the San Antonio Builders Association allows this parasitic company to be a member of its organization. As a reputable business owner, I would not want any association with Stonewall Custom Homebuilders. Stonewall’s membership in this and in any organization does not reflect well on the city of San Antonio or the community of reputable homebuilders.

You cannot trust either men to honor contracts or warranties. Matt Butler and Doug Ford profess to have 2 year warranty on all materials and workmanship. They boast customers are 100% satisfied. Do not believe any of their claims. My home has significant defects in both materials and workmanship. I tried for months to resolve this with the Stonewall and nothing happened. I was forced to take legal action. Previous litigation against Stonewall resulted in tendered offers that put pennies on thousands of dollars for repair. The company’s current rating with the San Antonio Business Bureau is an “F”, which is appropriate for such a slimy operation.

I will not be surprised if Matt Butler responds to this posting. He will no doubt make a claim I am attacking his character. He couldn't be more right. Absolutely! The guy is the ring leader of this company and of weak character. In this business and in these economic times, reputation is everything. Matt Butler and Doug Ford lack characteristics of a good reputation. They do not stand behind their product or the claims made on the company's website or signed building contracts. Both should be in jail. It is personal when a homebuilder steals money and provides a substandard, crumbling home. Matt Butler and Doug Ford are thieves and liars. DO NOT TRUST THEM. You will be paying not only for your home but for the repairs to correct substandard work and materials.

What recourse does a consumer have in this situation? The Texas Residential Construction Commission is no longer active as of 1 September 2010. Litigation does not seem to be working either because this company is still in business. The only course of action I can see is for consumers is to get the word out about Stonewall Custom Homebuilders and similar companies and to file complaints with the Better Business Bureau and the State Attorney General’s office. Also, the city of San Antonio should be aware of crooked businesses and not allow them membership into various organizations. Better Business Bureau ratings is a good yard stick to measure companies, not the ability to pay membership dues. The city of San Antonio Builder Association is misleading consumers and weakening citizens’ trust in government.
Ron Mazour

United States

#3 Oct 18, 2010
Thanks for the info on Stonewall. We were considering a new home by them but in light of all the complaints we have chosen another builder.
Jay Lopez

New Orleans, LA

#4 Jun 15, 2011
I had my home built by Stonewall and Matt Butler. They did a wonderful job on my home and we couldn't be happier with the service they provided. Matt also built my mother's home in 2009. They have been great with us and have done everything they have said they would do. I guess you can't please everyone. Sorry to hear you had this experience. I'm just shedding light on my experience with them.
Missing Builder

San Antonio, TX

#5 May 29, 2012
They don't get any lower than Matt Butler and Stonewall in my book. He contracted to build my home for a fixed price. He arranged it so that he could take most of the draws early. He used these draws to pay for materials on a spec house he was building, and left mine half done with little money left.

He then disappeared. Would not come to the site or answer phone or emails. All kinds of his buddy AA subs were unpaid. If you read the fine print of a construction loan, you are over a barrel. The bank can "finish" it as they see fit, and you pay the bill, and the bank gets the house.

His mgmt of the subs was non existent. His cost forecasting was a joke. There is not a square corner anyplace in the house.

When it became clear that he was not going to finish the house (because there was not enuf $ left), I had to do it. It was tight because the const loan was set to expire but Matt certainly didn't care. Never showed up on the site again.

I saw him once and all he wanted was for me to sign a piece of paper that said I would not look into his accounts and ask him for any cost info. I signed a piece of paper but it wasn't what he thought it was. Dumb crook.

I'm still finishing the house.

He is a liar, cheat, dishonest, two faced, crooked, no good piece of trash. Even his Spanish is bad.

I don't think Stonewall CH is in business any more but the fact is that wherever Matt Butler is, there is a criminal at large.
John Murray

United States

#6 Dec 3, 2014
He is still out there. Never paid a dime on a half million dollar lawsuit I have. Do not trust this liar and crook. You will be sorry.

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