What good is a home warranty?

No substitute for home inspection

DEAR BARRY: We bought a new house from a builder about a year ago. Our agent said we didn’t need a home inspection because the home was covered by the builder’s warranty. Since moving in, we’ve called the builder five times to correct faulty conditions. He fixed some of these problems but not all of them. So we hired a home inspector, and he gave us an additional list of defects. But we’re unsure how to proceed, since the builder has not been responsive to past issues.

Should we threaten the builder with legal action if he doesn’t make repairs, or should we continue trying to work with him? As for our Realtor, we feel that she was not looking out for our interests when she advised not having a home inspection. What is your opinion of this situation? –Ronda