Here is the link btw to the final plan by the Martin County .
Thank you Marjorie for finding this.
When I googled Meritage Home and our TC Palm I found nothing. There was virtually nothing written about these people who bought the land that Frances Langford’s estate was.
Here is a list of 166 complaints from Consumer Affairs
Here is just a few but you can click on the link and read them all. Did anyone check out these builders before they built?
“My wife and I recently closed on a $500,000 home in Winter Garden, Florida. The community is named Watermark in Horizon’s West. Throughout our over a year build process we were LIED to numerous times.”
“My wife and I built our Meritage home in June 2006 after looking at other builders and communities we wanted to live. Unknown to us while being out of the state the week the driveway was laid, Meritage/contractor neglected to use rebar/wire mesh while laying the drive and wouldn’t you know that here we are with a driveway that is cracking, raising up and shifting. Meritage refuses to take responsibility nor fix the issue in which we paid for a 30k upgrade to the retaining wall alongside the drive that is being destroyed in the process. In addition to these we have issues inside of the home with every tiled floor on the main level of the house. They are cracking, popping and raising up as well. We have cracks in our walls and Meritage offered us $1,700 to go away. ”
“We have been in our home for almost five years, and over a month ago our area received heavy rains. Our roof began leaking so significantly that the water was coming through the ceiling. A Meritage representative reported (a week later) that the issue was related to poor AC and roofing installation and would be covered under warranty. To date, our roof is still not fixed! We were given four different dates that the contractors would be to our house to repair the roof. On 11-19-15, two men showed up at 4:00 p.m. to begin repairing the roof. After an hour, they notified me that they were not finished and, “would be back tomorrow” (11-20-15).”
“Of course no one returned to finish our roof, and more rain was scheduled for 11-21-15. I promptly called our warranty manager to notify him that nobody had returned to finish our roof, and I was concerned as rain was in the forecast. He informed me he would try and contact the roofers and get back to me. As of today, I have not heard from the construction/warranty manager or the roofers AND it poured down rain this past Saturday. There is not telling if more damage has been caused due to them not completing the work prior to the last round of rain.”
“If you can refrain from buying from Meritage in the Garlic Creek area, DO it! Save yourself the stress and headaches in dealing with this horrible builder. Our entire process started off bad from the day we signed our contract.”
They also will give you a hard time giving your deposit money back. They will try everything to keep your deposit. They did not give us our deposit back. Better to look elsewhere. I would not build home from Meritage.”
Listen to this one
“Meritage bought property behind our home. They told our HOA they’d keep a 30-40 ft. buffer between our property and theirs and only remove invasive species. Their rep told us face to face they’d come in and remove only what they had to. Hours later everything was cleared out including hundred-year-old cypress and pines. Based on how they treat their neighbors with complete lies, I’d NEVER purchase from them. They can’t be trusted to build what they say they’re building.”
Are these the kind of people we want doing business in Martin County? Did anyone google them? Ask Siri? Send up smoke signals?
From the Sacramento Business Journal
50 homeowners file suit against Meritage Homes
More than 50 West Sacramento owners of homes built by Meritage Homes have filed suit against the builder, alleging design and construction defects have rendered their homes uninhabitable.
The suit, filed Monday at Sacramento County Superior Court, seeks to nullify sales contracts or money to repair their homes, claiming wind damage and improper grading have led to cracks and leaky windows.
Meritage built and sold the homes in West Sacramento’s Bridgeway Lakes subdivision starting in 2004. Other allegations include sagging roofs, stucco cracking and improper drainage resulting in foundation problems.
NOT accredited by the Central Florida Better Business
13 Rip Off Riports
Here is one about HOA Fraud.
“Meritage is attempting to defraud our homeowners association out of over $200, 000. They had their title company ignore the outstanding dues letter. We were told all homes they built would have pools; to-date NO homes they built have pools except the model. They do NOT follow the existing covenants because they think they are above the law.
They lie to their own employees and say the bills to our HOA are paid when, in-fact, they are not.
BUYER BEWARE!!! THE HOA WILL LIEN YOUR PROPERTY FOR THE OUTSTANDING DUES OF APPROX. $10, 000 PER HOME.
ALL HOMEOWNERS ARE PAYING DOUBLE DUES BECAUSE MERITAGE DOES NOT PAY THEIR BILLS.”
Here is a another one called Pissed consumer
“structural issues with all the main levels floors which are cracking, raising up and shifting causing not only a serious health hazard, but also integrity damage to the home.”
It just goes on and on and now besides the rape of the land I hearing about crying homeless animals and loose coyotes from the people who live near there just a few streets away.
Have we heard enough?
We need to figure out how to deal with coyotes without killing them. Is there someplace they can be rehomed?
Here are some more photos taken by my friend Barb.
So now what? The land is destroyed and now we have to deal with the builders.
What kind of protection will the people buying these houses have?