I contracted with Toll Brothers and paid $70,500 over and above the contract price of my home for a premium, private lot. This is evidenced in writing (Master Deed, Recorded Final Site Plan to name a few). Four years later and after the last lot backing up to the private area was sold, Toll Brothers constructed 3 monstrous cluster condominiums behind our lots.
In doing so, Toll reneged on their contractual obligations and broke clearly defined and well established Michigan law.
I’m not the only party affected. Several neighbors were affected in my Community. A similar scam occurred a few miles away in a neighboring community years earlier.
We were unsuccessful in litigation as we were outspent in Court. Arbitration proved to be a flawed and tainted system. We have no where to turn, but, the Media and Internet to educate and warn others of Toll’s practices.
No one cares that I paid $70,500 for a private premium lot and Toll Brothers did not deliver. More sympathy would be evoked if someone came to my door, held a gun to my head and ran off with $70,500.
But, the result is the same.
I did not create this blog to obtain your sympathy. Rather, I created this blog to gather all the information available, so that you, prospective purchaser, have all the facts before you purchase your Toll Brothers Luxury home.
If you want to learn more, please read on...
TOLL BROTHERS (TOL), IS AMERICA’S LARGEST LUXURY HOME BUILDER. HOW DID ROBERT TOLL, CEO COLLECT COMPENSATION IN EXCESS OF $41 MILLION IN 2006 AND $50 MILLION IN 2005 AMIDST A BURSTING HOUSING BUBBLE? HOW DID HE COLLECT COMPENSATION IN EXCESS OF $42 MILLION IN 2004 AND $28 MILLION IN 2003? THE SOBERING TRUTH ABOUT TOLL BROTHERS...
I am one of many homeowners who paid a premium for a lot that in the end was far from premium. It appears that Toll makes a practice out of marketing lots as premier, collecting hefty premiums, obtaining signatures on contracts, and years after all is forgotten, removes the single most important characteristic of the lot. I paid an additional $70,500 for privacy only to be staring out four years later at three monstrous condominium clusters that Toll crammed amidst protected woodlands and wetlands. How did this happen? I performed my due diligence. I did not rely solely on the promises of Toll’s sales representatives. For over four years, all documents, including the Master Deed, final site plans filed and recorded at the City, and all marketing materials produced by Toll excluded these monstrous clusters and did not delineate that the land was reserved for future expansion. It is Michigan law for a Seller to disclose the truth about future expansion and development. By law, the Seller cannot mislead the purchaser or omit material facts. By law, the Seller is required to circulate truthful advertisements and publications. By law, the Seller is required to display all of the properties in their Master Plan on a site map in their Sales Models. Not only did Toll intentionally remove the units off of every document, they did not move forward with construction of the clusters until the last lot backing up to the area in question was sold.
If you think I am just one angry homeowner, please ask others residing in Island Lake of Novi. Better yet, head on over to Northville, Michigan and ask those who reside on Troon Court. Some paid $110,000 for a premier, private lot only to have 100 out of the 110 surrounding acres torn down for additional development. If that still does not have your attention, ask residents in Birkdale Pointe in Commerce, Michigan who paid premiums for premier lots backing up to a common area and park. The common area is now a 25 foot by 25 foot brick retention wall. These Toll communities are all within a 10 mile radius. What is happening all over the country?
So now most of you are wondering why not let the Courts handle it? I did. The result was tragic. David v. Goliath, but, the color of justice was green. Out of the chute I was forced into Arbitration. After a year of responding to unnecessary motions, the case was dismissed before it was even arbitrated. Apparently, Toll created a contract where their language protects them from any wrong doing of any magnitude. The contract supersedes the laws of the State of Michigan.
I live in a State where I am protected when purchasing a toaster, but I have no rights or protections available to me for the largest purchase one can make during a lifetime; my home. I live in a Country where Martha Stewart was convicted for a crime involving less than $50,000 and where a runaway bride was indicted for lying. All the while, America’s largest luxury home builder simply flies under the radar.
Note to all...This blog is referenced in a published article.
Excerpt from Independent Media Center of Philadelphia Toll Brothers and Urban Sprawl by Ellen Slack:
More commonly, a building lot is adjacent to open land, with the developers representatives giving various reasons why that open land will certainly remain as it is. Then, after the customer signs a contract, construction begins on the open land.
We were contacted by a Toll customer from Michigan whose miserable experience led to creating a blog, The Truth About Toll Brothers (http://tolltruth.blogspot.com/). This unhappy buyer believes that the developer has a conscious strategy of engaging in such misrepresentation, using it to sell what will later become undesirable sites for premium prices.
To truly enable the broadcasting of the Truth About Toll Brothers, we ALL need to be heard. So, I will continue to gather information from across the country to better inform you of Toll's dealings. If you have a story that needs to be written or a question or comment, please continue to e-mail me, visit my site and/or post your thoughts. Moreover, please e-mail me if you are considering a class action against Toll at Tolltruth@gmail.com.