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CelticDog
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Member since Apr 2015
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Are house warranties a mafia front?
I bought a house warranty when i got current house.
35 yr old house.
The deal on house warranty is that only stuff that was working can be replaced or repaired for the $65. You pay $800 a year up front.

So i say unto you, how the heck do they manage? I just got an up to code water heater, $65, installed and old taken away.
Then i got a new kitchen faucet. A lot of under sink work to take into account my under sink water filter.
$65 for hundreds in labor.

For real, anyone work for a house warranty company?
How do they profit?
Is it a money laundering scheme?


Ash Williams
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Member since May 2009
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re: Are house warranties a mafia front?
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So i say unto you, how the heck do they manage? I just got an up to code water heater, $65, installed and old taken away.
Then i got a new kitchen faucet. A lot of under sink work to take into account my under sink water filter.
$65 for hundreds in labor.



not everyone needs it or uses it


its kind of like insurance in that way


in fact it is insurance, thats why its kind of like insurance
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Muice
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Member since Aug 2013
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re: Are house warranties a mafia front?
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a mafia front?


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OysterPoBoy
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BR
Member since Jul 2013
7469 posts

re: Are house warranties a mafia front?
Same as any insurance. They calculate the chance of something breaking and price it. I'm sure they do ok.


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WavinWilly
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Member since Oct 2010
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re: Are house warranties a mafia front?
I've seen some that will do anything to avoid replacing the appliance. Had a friend that had to call them every other week for his A/C unit all summer long. They would send somebody but refused to replace it.


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S1C EM
Georgia Fan
Athens, GA
Member since Nov 2007
5050 posts

re: Are house warranties a mafia front?
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You pay $800 a year up front.


Seriously? Seems like you're going to lose more than you're going to come out on top. I mean, a 35 year-old house.....maybe you get your money's worth?


Y.A. Tittle
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Member since Sep 2003
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re: Are house warranties a mafia front?
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You pay $800 a year up front.

So i say unto you, how the heck do they manage? I just got an up to code water heater, $65, installed and old taken away.
Then i got a new kitchen faucet. A lot of under sink work to take into account my under sink water filter.
$65 for hundreds in labor.


Those two jobs don't seem like $930 worth of work in total.


Taxing Authority
LSU Fan
Houston
Member since Feb 2010
31668 posts

re: Are house warranties a mafia front?
I think the mafia's ethical standards are too high to own most home warranty companies.
This post was edited on 8/2 at 2:57 pm


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AUCE05
Atlanta Braves Fan
Member since Dec 2009
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re: Are house warranties a mafia front?
Just invest that $800 in VTSMX, and in 5 years, your unexpected maintenance will be covered. Just assume you will have to pay out of pocket until that fund is built up tho.


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GreatLakesTiger24
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S1C EM
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Member since Nov 2007
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re: Are house warranties a mafia front?
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Those two jobs don't seem like $930 worth of work in total.


I could see a water heater maybe making up most of that, but how often are you going to replace it? Once every 8-10 years......so the other 7-9, you better hope some expensive shite goes bad to make good on that warranty.


oreeg
New Orleans Saints Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Mar 2006
3559 posts

re: Are house warranties a mafia front?
Depends on how old the systems in your house are, mainly your AC unit. If it's over 15-20 years, it might make sense to have a home warranty since you will soon have to start pouring money into it and eventually have to replace it.

It's also sensible for 1st time home buyers who may not have that savings readily available to make a sizable repair. Gives them peace of mind until they can get a grasp of what's required when owning a home.

That being said you may find yourself fighting with your home warranty provider because there are so many stipulations on what they will repair/replace and what they won't cover. So read your contract carefully.


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Godzilla
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Member since Feb 2009
304 posts

re: Are house warranties a mafia front?
A home warranty get put into the contract for about every home purchase in America. The seller of the house ends up paying for it. My guess is that most do not get used.


Oddibe
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Close to some, further from others
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re: Are house warranties a mafia front?
It will cost your $800 to renew.....and I bet you don't get a new faucet or water heater next year.

ETA: I think American Home Shield was/is having financial issues.
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TU Rob
Troy Fan
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Member since Nov 2008
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re: Are house warranties a mafia front?
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A home warranty get put into the contract for about every home purchase in America. The seller of the house ends up paying for it. My guess is that most do not get used.


Yep. We bought our 50 year old house 10 years ago, and paid for the second year of warranty before I let it lapse. These things tend to come in spells, at least at my house. But over time I have become handy with basic repairs. I've swapped sinks, faucets, toilets, worked on the HVAC, etc. Saved thousands of dollars instead of hiring a pro. On the major stuff, I'm sure I'll end up paying someone to fix or replace, but 10 years ago our cost for a year was $600. So if I have not spent $6k for something I might have used 3 times, it is worth it. Mostly a sham dreamt up by realtors to make selling older homes more attractive.


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maxxrajun70
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re: Are house warranties a mafia front?
im pretty sure your a dead man walking


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ThePenIsMightier
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Member since Jul 2006
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re: Are house warranties a mafia front?
It is like insurance. A buddy of mine got a letter from the home warranty company telling him they would not be offering him a renewal. That's how he knew he got the most out of it.


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member12
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Member since May 2008
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re: Are house warranties a mafia front?
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Are house warranties a mafia front?



No, but they are more useless than an inflatable dart board.

They cover nothing that can realistically break and usually dispatch crooks to handle "repairs". When something under the policy actually does break they avoid paying for it. It's actually just like insurance in that respect.
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BulldogXero
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Member since Oct 2011
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re: Are house warranties a mafia front?
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Seriously? Seems like you're going to lose more than you're going to come out on top. I mean, a 35 year-old house.....maybe you get your money's worth?


It's good if you can get the seller to pay for it for the first year. My AC went out 2 or 3 weeks after I bought my house. I put in a work order with the home warranty company at 12:00 AM and they had a contractor call me at 8:30 that morning.
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