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  • I recieved this same card in the mail today and I am curious. I know on 20/20 they said that there has been numerous scams targeting home owners of promices and don't deliver. I know my address was on the card but not my name it was addressed homeowner. I am not giving them any information. Did you call the 877 number?
  • 1) I am not sure if this could really qualify as dishonest. Those people want to be paid somehow for the service to point for you at government aids that you could become if you decide to make some improvements in your home. Maybe they also do not become money directly from you, but rather from the people who are making the work. In this case, you would pay indirectly. Of course, there are other possibilities to inform yourselves about those aids, without paying anything. 2) "Deceptive mailings Braton warned residents to beware of “scam” mailings from the National Residential Improvement Association instructing people to enlist their services to perform renovations to their homes. The letters, Braton detailed, are very “governmental” in appearance." Source and further information: http://www.timesnewsweekly.com/Archives2007/Apr.-Jun.2007/051007/NewFiles/BOARD-10.html So the idea is that you could get the impression that some kind of social workers from the government were looking for people to help. It is definitely not the case. Those people are trying to make money - with your money. In all cases, be extremely careful.
  • The National Residential Improvement Association thorougly Pre-Screens contractors to make sure they are reputable, credible, properly licensed and insured contractors. They also provide FREE Dispute Resolution services to consumers and provide millions of homeowners throughout the country with free information on numerous government programs that may help homeowners pay for the improvements they need. All services provided by NRIA are free to consumers as program sponsors pay for all of the administrative costs associated with the program. Information on these programs are available online at www.nria.org. It is not necessary to call NRIA or even to use an NRIA Authorized Contractor to learn more about these programs.
  • I HAD AN APPOINTEMENT AND I AM SO CONFUSED. REALLY ALL IT WAS, WAS SOMEONE COMING IN TO MY HOME AND TRYING TO SELL ME THEIR COMPANY PRODUCTS. THEY SAID HOW MUCH IT WOULD COST AND THEY WOULD GIVE ME THE MONEY RIGHT THEN AND THERE TO BE FINANCED OVER 10 YEARS. SO THERE WAS NO KIND OF GRANT PROGRAM. ALL IT WAS, WAS A LOAN FOR A LOT OF MONEY TO BE PAID BACK OVER 10 YEARS WITH A 9.99% TO 12.99% INTEREST RATE. SO I DON'T QUITE UNDERSTAND WHY THEY TALK ABOUT GRANTS ON THAT OFFICIAL POST CARD. IT IS REALLY NOT WHAT THE CARD PRESENTS. IF YOU DON'T ACCEPT THE OFFER RIGHT THEN AND THERE, THAN YOU GET NO FINANCING IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO BUSINESS WITH THEM.
  • I contacted the people on the card as well. They linked me with a company out of my area and I had them come out...it definately was and still is a scam. They offered to put new siding and gutters on my house, which is a smal 2 bedroom, for 25K. i told em this was way to high and they should lower it and they did the call the office gig and lowered it to 15K. I promptly threw them out of my house. This type of buisness is predatory and dishonest and anyone getting this card should be wary and trash it, but, first notifiy the BBB that they are in your area.
  • I had the same card and they gave me a great price and did a fabulous job, huh tuff break for you!
  • it is definately not a scam! i got the card as well and contacted them. they sent 2 different people over to consult me and explained everything in great detail. i decided to use their pre-screened contractor who rebuilt my kitchen & bathroom they were several thousands cheaper then 2 other contractors i called they help me get a tax deductible loan and completed the work within 3 weeks. 2 weeks less then the oter companys were telling me!
  • I don't know if it would qualify as a scam, but the mailing definately is a bit misleading, bordering on deceptive. The programs listed on the mailer are government programs through the FHA. The FHA doesn't lend directly to homeowners; one would have to find a particpating lender. So, I'm not quite sure what service this company is providing. Anyone can look the programs up on HUD's website and contact his or her lender directly.
  • I was also very interested in finding out more about low cost residential home improvements. So I requested more information thru their website. The person that called sounded "shady" and very un-professional so I went looking for blogs or more information. I'm glad I found this site which confirmed my suspicions.....Thanks!!!
  • absolutely not, they are a nation wide association wich refers you to a gualified contractor who help you get the improvements you want or need and make it affordable for you!
  • I used to work for them. It's a scam.
  • Never heard of it, of course I don't answer telemarketing calls or open junk mail.

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