we were under contract with Sandlin to build us a home. We were very excited it was going to be our first home, we spoke with Eugene Lennox who is the sales person for there mountain creek subdivision but it quickly became a nightmare.
We signed a contract with them which we made the mistake of allowing Eugene to walk us through instead of reading it as we should have. Eugene informed us that we had to pay $500 earnest money upfront and another $2000 when we got loan approval and meet with the builder at the pre construction meeting. Eugene also informed us that we could walk away until the preconstruction meeting but that they would keep half of our earnest money, and after the preconstruction they would keep all $2500. We completed the design center and after being initially denied for loan approval Eugene found someone who would finance us which we were happy about.
I contacted the mortgage company and was advised that our payment would be about $150 more than we wanted to pay for our first home without any upgrades. We went back and spoke to Eugene who told us to think about it and if anything we could choose a smaller home, we thought about it but a smaller home was not what we wanted so we decided to walk away from a contract. Eugene contacted us and told us if that was our decision then that was fine and that Sandlin could but more than likely wouldn't come after us for $5000 for already having obtained building permits. a couple of weeks later we decided to go with a different builder and when we went to the design center Susan from Sandlin saw us and we believe told Eugene who contacted us the very next day saying that Sandlin was coming after us for the $5000 since we went to a different builder.
I understand Sandlin did do some work toward building this new home but $5000 worth just for applying for permits I don't know about that needless to say i will be contacting an attorney to see what i can do if anything. If i have no legal standing i understand its noone but our fault for being so trusting of someone, if i have to pay i have to pay live and learn.
My intentions here is to advise people about Eugene Lennox and his way of doing business which i hope is not how Sandlin Custom Homes does business. By no means am I bashing Sandlin for all i know they could build the best homes in texas but be very very careful when working with Eugene Lennox he'll say whatever he has to to try and get you under contract so if you change your mind they can come after you for $5000, and as soon as you don't want to his true colors come out and becomes very spiteful.