You can’t help but feel sorry for this Florida couple – their newly constructed dream home is now turning out to be a mega-nightmare. Although Mark Voss and his wife own eighteen residential lots in the gated Ocean Hammock community, their house was accidentally built on one that doesn’t belong to them!
“We’re in total disbelief,” said Mark, who is the owner of a property management and real estate company in Missouri. “We may have moved someday. But, with this headache and grief, we’re not so sure. The Midwest is looking pretty good now.”
The couple said that they purchased the lot – with the address of 23 Ocean Ridge Blvd. – in 2012. Then they hired a company called Keystone Homes to build the three-story, five-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot vacation rental that cost them a whopping $680,000. Six months after the custom house was built, however, a survey crew working nearby realized the error – that the house actually stands on the lot next door to the Vosses’ – 21 Ocean Ridge Blvd. North. This one belongs to a North Carolina couple who bought it way back in 2003.
The Vosses have now hired a lawyer, while Keystone tries to negotiate a settlement between the two parties. It turns out they might be responsible for the whole goof up – continuous survey errors caused the construction subcontractors to start working on the wrong lot. “The buck stops with the builder,” admitted Keystone vice president Robbie Richmond. “I have built about 600 homes in Flagler County and this has never happened to me before. It does happen, but it’s rare.”
“There was no part of the process that we went through that was circumvented,” he added. “We took the steps we normally go through. We are 100 percent committed to finding a resolution that is fair.”
Source: CBS Tampa Bay