“We are in total disbelief, just amazed this could happen,” Mark Voss said.
Voss, who owns a property management and real estate company in Missouri, told the Daytona Beach News-Journal he was blindsided when he found out that the dream home he paid to have built near St. Augustine, Florida, had been completed — on the wrong property.
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Instead of being built on the $160,000 lot Voss owned, his home was erected on the lot next door — a lot that a North Carolina couple purchased for $355,000 in 2003.
“We may have moved [to Florida] someday,” Voss said. “But, with this headache and grief, we’re not so sure. The Midwest is looking pretty good right now.”
The home, with a construction value of $680,000, was built by Keystone Homes, and the company’s vice president, Robbie Richmond, told the News-Journal he was taking responsibility for the mixup and would work to fix the situation.
“The buck stops with the builder,” Richmond said. “We know that. We are in the process of trying to schedule a conference call and find a fair resolution without the lawyers.”
The mixup stems from a mistake made by the first surveyor, East Coast Land Surveying, and was not discovered after a different surveyor was brought on to finish the project.
“We assumed the first survey was accurate,” a Keystone Homes employee told TheBlaze Wednesday.
The employee said that, “unfortunately,” the second surveyor picked up where the first one had left off, and that no one double-checked along the way.
Whether the home has to be moved, or some kind of land swap can be worked out remains to be seen, central Florida’s News 13 reported Wednesday.
Regardless of what happens going forward, the case of the home built on the wrong lot seems to be a major anomaly.
“As a builder, that’s your worst nightmare,” Flagler County Chief Building Official Mark Boice told News 13. “I mean, it just blew me away that a mistake like this could happen. Especially with two surveying companies on the job.”
“I have built about 600 homes in Flagler County and this has never happened to me before,” Keystone Homes Vice President Richmond told the News-Journal. “It does happen, but it’s rare.”
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