While serving time in prison for fraud, an ex-convict businessman who claims to have changed his life by finding Jesus has collected thousands of dollars in payouts, but his company’s advertised tiny house being sued by a small house owner after failing to build aand low $29,900.
Businessman Matt Sowash, founder of Colorado-based nonprofit organization holy land real estatewhose conversion testimony is Watch on YouTubein a video posted in 2017, explained that God showed him how to “create businesses that support ministries and ministries that support businesses.”
“He taught me how to create businesses to support ministries, create ministries to support businesses, and how to make them work together,” he said.
Sowash launched the tax-free charity The Holy Ground Tiny Homes in July 2020. The Denver Post reportedHis charity’s website promises to “build big dreams in small homes,” with sizes ranging from 14 feet to 32 feet at a fraction of the price of traditional homes.
The largest tiny house can cost up to $60,000, while the median US home price was $428,700 As of Q1 2022.
self-proclaimed nascent developer advertised a small house He has nearly 80,000 followers on TikTok and is inundated with orders.
Among those who ordered was 24-year-old Clara Virginia Davis, an elementary school teacher in upstate New York.
Davis filed any lawsuit to Sowash, said NBC News His “charming” persona and professed love for God convinced her to wire $42,000 for an 8-by-28-foot modular home in January. He promised to hand over her house on her August 1st, but it never happened.
“I gave him my savings,” Davis told NBC News.
In response to Davis’ allegations, Sowash told The News Network that he tried to call Davis about the house, but was only answered by lawyers trying to settle. It was not expected to be completed until then, and construction was scheduled to begin several weeks earlier.
Tiny homes are generally defined as residences less than 600 square feet. According to Tiny House Ideas.
Investigation Enforced by IPX 1031 During the COVID-19 pandemic, as many as 86% of first-time homebuyers in America expressed a willingness to purchase a “tiny house” as their first home, citing its affordability, efficiency and environment. Consideration was given to
Since 2001, small home listings have grown at an average annual rate of 8.6%. Over 1.4 million homes are categorized as ‘tiny homes’.
Robin Bellamy and husband Mark Bellamy of Oregon filed a lawsuit against the Holy Ground Real Estate company in Sowash in June.
Robin Bellamy claims he paid Sowash $47,924.75 in the spring of 2021.
“Holy Ground replied that she would only refund her money if the company could sell her unfinished Tiny Home to someone else.
In May 2021, Mark Bellamy signed a $32,477 annual installment deal with Holy Ground “to design, sell, and deliver to Oregon” his tiny home.
Mark Bellamy was paying a total of $21,646.50 for a home when Holy Ground told him his tiny home wouldn’t be ready until October 2021.
“Mr Bellamy stopped paying the remaining installments of the building contract when it became clear that the February production scheduled for early 2022 would not take place. Offering a full refund of the money. Holy Ground did neither,” the lawsuit states.
Sowash told NBC News that the Bellamys were on a “construction list” and when he tried to get in touch about starting construction on the house, “they told me to get in touch with a lawyer.”
Tennessee woman Lori Birkhead took out a loan and wire $46,500 to Holy Ground in April to purchase a small house that was due to be handed over in July. told the Denver Post She believes that Sowash took the money knowing he wasn’t going to deliver the house as promised, but continues to sell his false promises to unsuspecting new customers.
“He took my money knowing, ‘I’m not going to give this woman a house any time soon,’ and there’s no doubt about it now,” said Burkhead, who said she wanted to buy her tiny house. was said to be delivered in 27 to 30 months.
Multiple complaints from other dissatisfied customers also Business Prosperity Bureau page of the Holy Land, which received an “F” grade.
Holy Ground Real Estate did not respond to The Christian Post’s request for comment.
On another website operated by Sowash, race for gloryEquipped with a racing ministry (reality show), a garage ministry, and a rescue lunch.
Sowash told the news network that he took a loan of $400,000 from a lender to build a small house, but was unable to keep the payments due to high interest rates.
“I couldn’t do it,” he said.
In an Aug. 31 letter to customers, Sowash said the courier would be delayed by three years. He said that in the past 20 months he has delivered more than 250 homes and nearly 100 have sold at losses of $8,000 to $10,000 each due to high material costs. .
“The past few months have been pretty exhausting in terms of making sure everyone gets the home they ordered or getting a refund.
In 2006 Sowash co-founded a free amateur poker league in Denver.he sentenced in 2009 Five years in prison for claiming over $470,000 from league investors. He claims to have had a spiritual awakening in prison.
In 2019, Sowash said that in a moment of frustration God whispered to him and said, “Matt, build a little house.”
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