Local union contractors help woman with home repair gone wrong

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – In June of this year 81-year-old Dodi Sawyer hired a home improvement company to do some repairs. She says the contractor expanded the project, dismantled portions of the house, and made it unlivable. During the process she and her insurance company spent $11,000 for an unfinished job.

a dirty old room: Local contractors help woman who dealt with a home repair disaster.

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Local contractors help woman who dealt with a home repair disaster.

A group of local contractors from the Associated General Contractors of Northwest Ohio got word of Sawyer’s situation and decided to help.


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“I was having the plumbing re-done and the electric re-done and that turned into three months of destruction of the inside, throwing away my kitchen appliances, and taking down my shower and leaving me with nothing but empty rooms,” Sawyer said.

Mike Gibson, a local carpenter with Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters said, “I was taught at

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McDonald’s and KB Home Boost Their Dividends

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were among the U.S. companies that declared dividend increases last week.

They come at a time when there are signs that dividends, many of which were cut or suspended due to the pandemic earlier this year, are stabilizing.

S&P Dow Jones Indices is now forecasting a 1% decline in S&P 500 dividend payments this year versus 2019 levels, an improvement from its forecast in May of a 3-4% drop.

Fast-food restaurant company McDonald’s (ticker: MCD) declared a quarterly disbursement of $1.29 a share, up 3% from $1.25.

The stock, which yields, 2.3%, has gained about 16% this year, dividends included.

Home builder KB Home (KBH) plans to up its quarterly payout to 15 cents a share from 9 cents. That’s a 67% increase.

The stock, which has returned about 20% year to date, yields 0.9%.

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State takes over Houston’s Harvey home repair program

HOUSTON — All Houston resident Alice Torres has wanted in the three years since Hurricane Harvey hit was to repair her family’s flood-damaged home so her 85-year-old mother can feel safe and settled again.

But when her mother, Dolores Torres, died from COVID-19 on Aug. 2, her family was still trying to get help from a Houston program that has been criticized for its slow pace in repairing homes damaged by the massive storm. The state took over the program this week and Torres and other residents who have applied for assistance say they’re worried that could lead to yet more delays.

“She deserved so much better. She deserved her house. She deserved to have seen it nice,” Torres, 54, said Thursday. She said her home still has Harvey-related electrical and plumbing issues due to insufficient help from insurance and shoddy work from a contractor.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner called

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Lakeland Habitat for Humanity expands home-repair program for vets in Polk

Lakeland chapter accepting applications from entire county

Gary White
| The Ledger

LAKELAND — Lee Wilson and his 92-year-old mother, Rosezell Wilson, no longer have to worry that water might seep into their house the next time a thunderstorm stalls over their Lakeland neighborhood.

Contractors hired by Lakeland Habitat for Humanity recently replaced the Wilsons’ roof, while also making repairs to a bathroom and a porch and replacing a kitchen faucet and two windows. And it cost the Wilsons nothing.

Lee Wilson, 70, benefited from a Habitat for Humanity program that provides free home repairs for veterans and their families. Wilson served in the U.S. Army for three years, including one year spent in Vietnam during the military action there.

Most Americans probably associate Habitat for Humanity with the mission of building houses for people with low incomes. In recent years, though, the Lakeland affiliate has shifted more toward doing

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Elmhurst man jailed with multiple felony charges including home repair fraud

CHICAGO — An Elmhurst man who operated a fraudulent business has been jailed in Will County on numerous felony charges, including home repair fraud and money laundering.

Edmund Kavanaugh, 46, operated a business known as “Goliath Construction Corporation”, which offered home repair, roofing, HVAC and appliances.

One family that fell victim to his fraudulent practices is glad that Kavanaugh will be unable to continue his illegal practices, which date back to 1995.

“We are thrilled he’s off the street and cannot take someone else’s deposit,” one Duggan sister said.

The sisters were referred to Kavanaugh on the “Moms of Beverly” Facebook page from a woman that turned out to be fictitious.

The Duggan family had spent over $8,000 for materials on a job that Kavanaugh said would cost over $32,000, to which he offered a payment plan.

The Duggan sisters said Kavanaugh showed them all of his papers, license, referrals

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Red hot home prices have more consumers saying now is a bad time to buy

People wait to visit a house for sale in Floral Park, Nassau County, New York.

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Anyone out hunting for a house knows that bidding wars are no longer the exception, but the rule.

Demand for housing has been unusually strong, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and supply is historically lean. That is a recipe for high prices, which are now beginning to take their toll on potential homebuyers’ confidence.

The share of buyers who say they think it’s a good time to buy fell in September, from 59% to 54%, according to a new survey from Fannie Mae.

Home values were up nearly 6% annually, according to CoreLogic, a data analytics firm. More consumers now expect those price gains to grow.

The percentage of respondents to the Fannie Mae survey who says prices will go up in the next year increased

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Home Prices Jumped 5.9% in August, Which Explains Why Buyers Are Struggling

There’s a reason it’s been difficult to buy a home in recent months.

Mortgage rates have been remarkably low since the summer, and for that reason alone, many prospective buyers have clamored to purchase homes. They’re being tripped up, however, by soaring prices.

Home prices increased 5.9% nationally in August 2020, according to the CoreLogic Home Price Index, compared to a year prior. We have limited inventory to thank for that. The supply of available homes in August decreased by 17% from the previous year, leading to an uptick in demand and creating a housing market loaded with bidding wars as eager buyers compete to win contracts on the limited inventory.

The result? Many buyers are struggling to find homes, so they may not get to take advantage of the phenomenally low mortgage rates.

Is it worth it to buy a home today?

Locking in a mortgage at a low

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Elmhurst Man Accused Of Home Repair Fraud

ELMHURST, IL — An Elmhurst man is accused of a number of home repair fraud schemes around the Chicago area. Authorities say they’re certain more victims exist.

According to Will County, Kavanaugh has been the subject of complaints throughout the suburbs. On Tuesday, a search warrant was executed on his house in Elmhurst.

According to the news release, Kavanaugh made incriminating statements during his interview with detectives at the Will County Sheriff’s Office. The office is encouraging victims to come forward and report Kavanaugh’s alleged crimes to their local jurisdictions.

Kavanaugh is in the Will County Jail on a $1 million bond, the release said.

In June, Patch found many examples of a Facebook user operating under the name “Jessica Munoz” answering inquiries on Facebook for home repair services. The user recommended a number of businesses with the same phone number, which is Kavanaugh’s. The business names included Edward Paint

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Joliet contractor facing new arrest warrants, charges of home repair theft

Joliet contractor Joseph Hisel is facing new arrest warrants and new accusations from two customers who said they paid him for home renovations that were never completed.

Joliet contractor facing new arrest warrants, charges of home repair theft



Hisel has been the subject of multiple I-Team investigations, dating back to 2014.

I-Team: Unfinished basements

“From the day the warrant was issued, Joseph Hisel has been on the run and we don’t currently know where he’s at,” said Detective Sergeant Chris Altiery, Braidwood Police Department.

Hisel has been charged with and convicted of theft and home repair fraud, with accusations from many unhappy customers.

Joliet contractor ordered to pay back homeowner

His two most recent charges are in Will County. A Braidwood resident said he gave Hisel a $975 down payment for a decking job in April but never heard from Hisel again so he

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InMoment Appoints Graham Tutton Global Head of Consumer Products to Accelerate Experience Improvement for the World’s Top Brands

— Seasoned veteran brings track record of success to help clients, promotes strategic and tactical focus on ‘owning moments that matter’ through unique InMoment solutions

InMoment®, the leading provider of Experience Improvement (XI)™, announced that Graham Tutton, a seasoned executive with over 25 years of leading customer experience and insights at several global brands, has joined the company to lead clients through more strategically oriented and impactful programs focused on experience improvements.

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Graham Tutton joins InMoment as Global Head of Consumer Products to provide strategic guidance focused on experience improvement. (Photo: Business Wire)

Tutton’s proven success is founded in leveraging employee and customer insights to develop strategies and tactical implementations for consistent, great experiences. He recognizes that businesses today offer countless customer, product, and employee experiences, but identifying and prioritizing improvements in the most relevant areas aids businesses in

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