Dallas Builder’s Association Helps Homeowners Avoid Home Repair Fraud

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Editor’s Note: Due to yesterday’s incredible storm, much of the CandysDirt.com staff is without power. We’re re-running a couple of stories to help consumers avoid common scams and fraud schemes that always crop up after big storms.

I was thinking about this yesterday: with 500 plus homes needing repair in Rowlett, the scam artists will be making their way to Rowlett soon to rip off those who have already been ripped off by Mother Nature! Don’t let them! The Dallas Builder’s Association has come to the rescue offering tips and guidelines to help make sure the contractor not only gives you quality service but is scrupulous. In fact, I wouldn’t hesitate to ask any of the builders in this group for a first, second or third opinion. As you know, we have our CandysDirt.com Hot Builders, preferred home builders who we vet, know and trust. Any one of them can build us a house or put one back together. We here at CandysDirt.com will keep an ear to the ground, too, and are here for you for questions, help and suggestions.

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Dallas Builders Association Offers Guidance to Protect Residents from Further Damage Following North Texas Storms

December 28, 2015
(PLANO, Texas) – In the wake of last weekend’s severe weather, the Dallas Builders Association offers guidance aimed at preventing storm victims from incurring further damage from unscrupulous contractors.

“Losses due to fraud are one of the untold costs associated with disasters,” said Dallas BA Executive Officer Phil Crone. “It is only a matter of time before fly-by-night contractors make their way here from out of state. Fortunately, there are many protections in place for consumers.”

“Fly-by-night” contractors often appear in communities right after a disaster and further victimize those affected by swindling them out of their precious and limited resources by promising inexpensive and quick repair work. As such, the Dallas BA urges storm victims to beware of contractors who:

        Tell them that a contract on a job, “will not be necessary.”

        Ask for payment for the entire job up front or for cash to be paid to a salesperson instead of check or money order to a company.

        Utilize intimidation, scare tactics or threats.

        Say that the homeowner qualifies for a “special low price” that is only good for a limited time.

        Will not provide references, or references cannot be located.

        Provide a business address that cannot be verified.

North Texans looking for more information to help them get on the road to recovery and rebuilding should visit DallasBuilders.com. A special section on the website provides tips on selecting a contractor including what questions to ask, relevant Texas legislation and search link to locate residential construction professionals.

Dallas Builders Association
The Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas, chartered in 1944, is a trade association representing all segments of the residential building industry in the Dallas Metropolitan area. Its mission is to enhance its members’ ability to provide safe, affordable, quality housing to the citizens of the local communities.

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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