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Voice: Where is consumer protection when it is needed?

March 16, 2002

Whatever happened to consumer protection? Don't we have anyone watching out for our interests?

My son and his family wanted a home in the country. They found a parcel of land, 2 1/2 acres. His offer to purchase said the parcel had to be buildable. He had a Realtor, the seller had a Realtor!

The seller was supposed to have perc tests done. The escrow closed in spite of the perc tests not being done. This was Lot 11 of La Corina Ranch Tract G, more explicitly 533 Robinson Road.

My son had perc tests done and was advised not to build there as the water table was too high and the drainage flowed in a northwesterly direction. Others who have built out there are experiencing septic problems. My son rescinded his contract, his broker disappeared, his agent declared bankruptcy and no one returned any of his money.

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The state Board of Realtors did nothing to anyone for their failure to disclose or have the offer to purchase followed. The sellers, brokers and agent got my son's money and he got nothing in exchange but grief.

I understand the original owners are now trying to sell the property and are not disclosing that there is a very bad drainage problem. Aren't there laws to protect the public from this?

BARBARA JIOVENETTA

Brawley

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