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Old 07-14-2015, 02:39 PM
 
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Adams Homes of Ocala, FL, was extremely unfair and cold towards us as their customers. Their hard-line use of contractual procedures seemed cruel, unreasonable, and possibly off- base in stretching its intent.

On May 31, 2015, we made the costly mistake of signing a contact for a “new build” with Adams Homes in Ocala, FL. Because it was on a Sunday, the last day of the month and late in the day, the entire process was rush, rush, rush. The sales person employed pressure tactics, causing my wife to become extremely rattled. However, we pressed on and signed a contract, which was a terrible mistake. On June 1, 2015, we returned to Ocala to pick colors, etc. Again, the process became a high-pressure ordeal, influencing irrational decisions on our part. On June 2, 2015, less than 72 hours after signing a contract, we emailed Adams Homes in an effort to cancel based on personal issues concerning a family member that resides in another state, indicating our probable intent to relocate.

After a few weeks of trying to get an answer, Adams Homes agreed to the cancellation, but opted not only to retain our earnest deposit of $1,000 (in lieu of suing for full performance), but also demanded that we sign another agreement. That other agreement stated that we were not to contract for a new build with any other builder within a 50 Mile radius of the Meadow Glenn community (SW 96th Pl, Ocala, FL). The finalization of our cancellation was received from Adams Homes via the US postal Service on July 8, 2015 (a couple of weeks after they had agreed to grant us a cancellation).

Normally, with an immediate contract cancellation, builders simply agree to keep or, in many, many cases, even return the earnest deposit. However, the unwarranted condition of this cancellation was the extra-added requirement (not so sure it was legal) for us to agree that we would not sign with another builder within a 50 Mile radius of SW 96th Pl, Ocala, FL. How childish.

Our opinion of Adams Homes in Ocala, FL, even though they eventually agreed to cancel our contract, is sour to say the least. Their actions caused undue stress on our family and made the experience of buying a home into a nightmare. We recommend that any potential buyers think carefully and not succumb to the high-pressure, fast-talking tactics used at this location. We will make it our goal to continually criticize Adams Homes for their sales and management tactics in the Ocala, FL, area and we can only pray that their other sales locations are not equally mismanaged.
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Old 07-14-2015, 03:43 PM
 
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Not a big fan of Adams Homes but that being said, you are an adult and signed the contract, no one forced your actions. Don't sign something and think you can just walk away with NO consequences, its not like buying a timeshare you don't get 3 days to change your mind.
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Old 07-25-2015, 07:43 AM
 
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Adams Homes of Ocala, FL, was extremely unfair and cold towards us as their customers. Their hard-line use of contractual procedures seemed cruel, unreasonable, and possibly off- base in stretching its intent.

On May 31, 2015, we made the costly mistake of signing a contact for a “new build” with Adams Homes in Ocala, FL. Because it was on a Sunday, the last day of the month and late in the day, the entire process was rush, rush, rush. The sales person employed pressure tactics, causing my wife to become extremely rattled. However, we pressed on and signed a contract, which was a terrible mistake. On June 1, 2015, we returned to Ocala to pick colors, etc. Again, the process became a high-pressure ordeal, influencing irrational decisions on our part. On June 2, 2015, less than 72 hours after signing a contract, we emailed Adams Homes in an effort to cancel based on personal issues concerning a family member that resides in another state, indicating our probable intent to relocate.

After a few weeks of trying to get an answer, Adams Homes agreed to the cancellation, but opted not only to retain our earnest deposit of $1,000 (in lieu of suing for full performance), but also demanded that we sign another agreement. That other agreement stated that we were not to contract for a new build with any other builder within a 50 Mile radius of the Meadow Glenn community (SW 96th Pl, Ocala, FL). The finalization of our cancellation was received from Adams Homes via the US postal Service on July 8, 2015 (a couple of weeks after they had agreed to grant us a cancellation).

Normally, with an immediate contract cancellation, builders simply agree to keep or, in many, many cases, even return the earnest deposit. However, the unwarranted condition of this cancellation was the extra-added requirement (not so sure it was legal) for us to agree that we would not sign with another builder within a 50 Mile radius of SW 96th Pl, Ocala, FL. How childish.

Our opinion of Adams Homes in Ocala, FL, even though they eventually agreed to cancel our contract, is sour to say the least. Their actions caused undue stress on our family and made the experience of buying a home into a nightmare. We recommend that any potential buyers think carefully and not succumb to the high-pressure, fast-talking tactics used at this location. We will make it our goal to continually criticize Adams Homes for their sales and management tactics in the Ocala, FL, area and we can only pray that their other sales locations are not equally mismanaged.
You signed a legal contract. You are in command. Pressure from sales is not the problem. Backing out of the contract was. You had the option on that last day of the month to get up and walk out, and you chose to stay and sign. That contract said a house would be built for $X amount . Be happy they let you out of the contract for just the deposit. Basically that is the purpose of making the deposit....assuring the company that you really do want the home. In 72 hours the company may have already pulled the permits to build, signed contracts with construction companies, purchased the fixtures etc. so you do owe the deposit to them.
Your excuse for backing out was that you were not moving there, so the clause to not purchase within 50 miles should not make any difference to you unless your reason for cancelling was you found a company to build that low- balled them.

My other question is about the line in your post...<<<<<
Normally, with an immediate contract cancellation, builders simply agree to keep or, in many, many cases, even return the earnest deposit. >>>>>
How many times have you cancelled a contract to build a house to say this is what normally happens? Could that be the reason for the 2nd agreement with them?
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