Note: All week, CandysDirt.com has been taking a closer look at the legal travails of Bella Vita Custom Homes, and the trail of dissatisfied customers, subcontractors and investors they left in the wake of their bankruptcy. You can keep up with the entire series here.
I have a document on my computer that changes every day. For a while, it was changing every hour.
In that document, I have lists of people who have lost money to Bella Vita Custom Homes. I have a secondary list of people who have lost money (or peace of mind and money) from other homebuilders in the are in similar fashion.
Even now, as I am winding up the first installment of this series, every time I interview a new family or person, they give me two or three more people who were left — at the very least — less than satisfied with their experience with the building company the Clem family owns.
We may never know what caused Bella Vita and its owners to apparently fail to satisfy their customers, to fulfill their contractual obligations. They wouldn’t respond to requests for comment. I’d dearly love to be able to tell their side of the story.
In the absence of explanation, we are left with questions and facts gathered piecemeal to form a picture — albeit a murky one in places. I am still getting documents, social media posts, interviews, phone calls, and emails, each one giving another tidbit to be verified and run down, or becoming confirmation of a tip I had already been given about the homebuilder.