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Janet Ahmad

Janet Ahmad is founder and president of HomeOwners for Better Building (HOBB), a national grassroots organization dedicated to assisting homeowners fight the epidemic of construction defects in home construction throughout the United States. Ahmad founded HOBB in 1978 in Texas as an outgrowth of a nationwide investigation by the Federal Trade Commission that revealed 76% of all new homes built in the U.S. have serious construction defects. The widespread problem prompted Ahmad in 1978 to spearhead a drive to license homebuilders in the City of San Antonio, Texas. Since then, the Texas resident has established chapters of HOBB in many states, boasting thousands of members nationwide. The former custom builder and antiques wholesaler established a national website, through which HOBB members and average citizens report on construction disputes and cases throughout the country. In May, 2001 and again in 2003, Ahmad was honored to be the opening speaker of the nation's largest construction seminar, West Coast Casualty's Construction Defects Seminar, held in Anaheim, California. Ahmad has been involved with the filing of a number of other builder regulation and licensing bills as well as a federal binding arbitration bill filed by Texas Congressmen Charles Gonzalez and Ciro Rodriguez. In 2001, she assisted Texas legislators in drafting the first ever homebuyers "lemon law" bill in the nation that was introduced by Senator Leticia Van de Putte, which she hopes will serve as a model for all future state legislation to protect consumers in purchasing homes.

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