Couple sues over square footage numbers

Melody Dareing Apr. 4, 2014, 4:06pm

A couple is suing those involved in the purchase of their home because it is smaller in square footage than what they were told. 

Laurie and Carl Schreier filed a lawsuit March 20 in the Jefferson County District Court against Jerry Hughes Realty Inc., Tredway & Company L.L.C., Deborah Hughes and Garland Tredway, citing violations in the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, negligent representation, breach of contract and liability. 

The Schreiers bought a house in 2009 with Deborah Hughes as the realtor and through Jerry Hughes Realty when they incurred a job transfer. The home was represented to be 3,297 square feet with Tredway giving an estimate of $350,000 in market value.

The couple applied for a home equity line in November 2013 and a new appraisal revealed the home was only 2,493 square feet, amounting to a loss in property value including $80,000 in loss for the miscalculated 800 feet.

The couple is suing for $80,000, treble damages, statutory interest and court costs.

They are being represented by John Pat Parsons of Lindsay, Lindsay & Parsons.

Jefferson County District Court Case No. E195-515


This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Jefferson County District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

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