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Old 08-04-2011, 07:58 PM
 
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Any thoughts between these two builders? Likes, dislikes? Would love any input good and bad. Thanks!
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:45 PM
 
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i like ryand better, only beacause providence has mostly 2 stories. my husband has trouble using stairs.
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL (Mandarin)
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I've had experience with both companies, personally and professionally. Ryland is a national builder and Providence is a local builder. I liked the personal attention we got from the folks at Providence. They'll do a semi-custom job for you, if you wanted to change some things around with the floorplan/layout of one of their existing plans. I don't believe Ryland has that flexibility, since they're more about production than they are customization. Contrary to the previous poster, Providence has plenty of 1-story homes, if that's what you're seeking.
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:04 PM
 
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Thanks Eric! We actually do want a two story and know the one we want - the problem we have is that we are not sure they can build it where we want it! If they cannot, Ryland has a plan that we like (although have not seen complete) and they CAN build where we want, so this is our dilemma! We are holding tight for Providence, but we will have to wait and see!
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Old 08-29-2011, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I recently read in the news that Ryland is pulling out of this market.
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL (Mandarin)
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Ryland Homes closes Jacksonville office - Jacksonville Business Journal
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Old 08-30-2011, 02:09 PM
 
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Glad that we like Providence more! Very interesting news about Ryland! They seem to have quite a stake out in Nocatee. It is my understanding they had intentions to develop an entire Ryland community called the Palms. Would it be safe to assume that this will now be scrapped?
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:19 PM
 
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We signed a contract with Providence this past September, and while there are some aspects that I would recommend, like the fact the the floor plans are customizable, I find the customer service hit and miss. Sometimes they're friendly and helpful, too often they are downright Rude!

More importantly, do not let yourselves be rushed , as we did, into handing over money or signing a contract without taking it HOME to look over by yourself, at the least, and at best, with a lawyer present, because if we have learned nothing else from this experience, it is that WHAT THEY TELL YOU VERBALLY AND WHAT IS WRITTEN INTO CONTRACT ARE WORLDS APART!

To give this company some credit, I will say that their contract doesn't try to sneak things in on you-it is blatantly offensive and puts the buyer completely at the company's mercy. Truly, read carefully before you sign and don't believe a word you are told unless its written in that contract!

This is a universal truth that we are learning the hard way. If we are so lucky as to actually get a house out of this, then we really will have to stay there until our deaths because I am never going through this drama again!


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Another universal truth we have learned: Never, EVER think it is worthwhile to bind yourself into paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for a home without coughing up the cost of a lawyer to protect you and your investment. Have one from the get go and save yourself the stress!
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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it never fails to amaze me the naivete of some home buyers....no lawyer can protect you from a local and national housing market disaster and economic stagnation such as what we are experiencing. House prices have rolled back to what they were back in 2001-2002. As long you use this criteria and do not pay more than what the current data justifies, your "investment" may be relatively safe as long as you do not experience any unforseen life changing circumstances, and do not need job mobility. If you need a bank loan to mortgage your house purchase, then you should know that most likely during the first 5 years of the loan you would be paying a lot in interest and very little towards principal.
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