Chris Horton was a property developer who was interested in buying the land the King's River Showhome was built on in November 2006. Chris agreed to purchase the land, as long as there were no further legal actions taken against the family. Tom King, the patriarch of the King family and CEO of King & Sons, told Chris that all civil action has been agreed to out of court - when in reality the matter has yet to been resolved. When Tom's son Matthew suspected that his father's method were coming undone, he personally contracted Chris and discussed terms for settling their agreement. Initially, Chris refused upon stating that the Kings were no strangers to having a bad reputation. However, he eventually bought the land when Tom managed to sort out his compensation settlement with Jean Hope - despite previous resolutions from her ex-husband Bob and son Jamie.