The Senter Family Home Relief

Organized by: Michael Johnson

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EVENT DATE Feb 01, 2015


Dear Friends and Family of the Senters -

As with so many families, the purchase of your first home is one of the most exciting, yet terrifying, experiences in one's life time. This year, my sister Lauren and her husband Nathan, with their two children, moved closer to home and family from California to Michigan. This move would also include their families very first home purchase.

With much excitement, they found the home of their dreams and moved in this past Spring. However, their dream had quickly turned into a dark nightmare of deception and greed.

As the weeks passed in their new home, they started to notice issues with the property. One of which was mold and deterioration near some of the windows. After further inspection, they have discovered that the entire home's exterior wall structure was both completely molded through and also infested with carpenter ants. One section of their home has become so deteriorated that the entire side of their home has to be completely torn down and rebuilt from the ground up.

Between window replacement, exterior wall repair, new structure rebuild, and replacement of the entire home siding, this damage has now mounted up to nearly $75,000.

How did the inspector miss this large of a home issue? Why wasn't this issue disclosed on the MLS listing?  

Well, the seller posted the home for sale during the cold Michigan winter months (Carpenter Ant Hibernation), and paid contractors specifically to paint and patch the perfect cover-up.

How does Lauren and Nate have this information?  They have obtained evidence and response from surronding neighbors, plus the contractors that conducted the work, confessing their knowledge of the situation.  To make it worse, the Realtor knew of the issues and assisted in hiding the facts from the Senter family during their purchase.

Currently the Senter family is underway in legal action against the seller, the home inspector, and the Realtor.  But, as with any litigation, it has been continually stalled by the sellers attorney and with very little hope on any court time within the next two years with only costs pilling up.  Even if litigation works in their favor, who knows how long or what the collection action will obtain.  To make things worse, their insurance company has denied any claim to help support their situation.

At this point, because of any litigation attempt, the home cannot be sold and the exposed walls and windows are left without any repair with winter fast approaching. This has placed their family in a major financial situation where they might not recover.

For a new family, in their first new home, to be placed into this type of situation from a seller that only cared about selling his home through greed, all while deceiving a young family, is beyond disgusting.

I, myself, have never heard of such a malicious act in a new home purchase!  In time, God will only be the one to hand down this home seller's true punishment.  But for now, I am reaching out to anyone, especially friends and family, for any help in supporting this family before it ruins their lives for years to come.

I ask any friends and family to help Nate and Lauren with a small donation toward their situation. The money raised will help repair their home and help support any legal costs associated with this situation.

Being Lauren's older brother and having the heart brake of listening to this entire story and what this family is currently endouring, I believe it justifies the cause to ask for some help.  Especially with a young son and daughter at home.  

God Bless Lauren and Nate's for their strengh during this difficult time and their diligence in keeping their family strong.  Any support that you provide today is more than appreciated!

God Bless - Michael Johnson


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