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KB Home and Countrywide Sued Over “Inflated” Appraisals

Deborah and Lonnie Bolden, and David and Dolores Contreras filed a lawsuit this week claiming that KB Home and a unit of Countrywide inflated appraisals, defrauding them out of tens of thousands of dollars.

904328_plastic_houses.jpgThe Boldens say they paid $70,000 more for their home than neighbors who used different appraisers. The lawsuit alleges that Countrywide and KB “conspired with affiliated appraisers to generate fraudulent” appraisal reports.

The Boldens’ attorney, tells of a neighbor who had used their own appraiser and got KB to reduce the price of their home by $61,000. He also said that to keep houses at their contracted price, KB exaggerated appraisals during a falling market in 2005 and 2006.

The lawsuit seeks restitution, compensatory and punitive damages and class-action status for all California KB Home customers who bought homes from August 2005 to July 2006 and used Countrywide financing.

KB Home issued a statement saying “we believe that our full and complete investigation will show these allegations to be without merit.”

This comes on the heels of a Whistleblower lawsuit filed against Countrywide KB Home Loans (joint venture) by former Regional VP Mark Zachary. In the lawsuit Zachary claims to have been fired after reporting that employees were using false income amounts and inflated appraisals to facilitate the closing of home loans.

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