Some of you read my review on Centex’s new community, Carolina Bay, and expressed that you had owned Centex homes, and that you would not buy one again. (BTW, the comments came in emails, not blog comments. It would be great if you’d make your comments on the blog where eveyone could see them.) Or that you were surprised that the review was so positive. Perhaps some clarification would be helpful. I think that new construction quality across the board ranges from poor to average. If you think about it, why should we find anything in the walk-thru inspection? Why doesn’t the builder complete a thorough inspection and catch everything? I mean, when you buy a toaster or a television, do you hire someone at your expense to inspect it for you? Obviously not. You simply expect to plug it in and use it. If there is a problem with it, you take it back…and you may not even want to exchange it for the same model. You might want a refund so maybe you can buy a different brand. Having said that, consumers need to deal with the reality as it exists today, not as we think it should be. There are production builders that I would only consider as an absolute last result. I’ve never sold any of their homes, or even shown them, because of what I’ve seen visiting thier construction sites. Why ask for trouble? So, comparitively speaking, I would rather see someone purchase a Weiland, Centex, Brentwood, or Harbor home, because I’ve seen inspection reports both new, and after they’ve been used for a few years. I don’t have enough information to comment on Beazer. They sell a lot of houses in Charleston. As does KB. As does D. R. Horton. Anyone have anything to say about any of the builders mentioned???