Sounds like from what little I can gather from your question that you might be experiencing some sort of discrimination. Is this possible? Have you any reason to believe this is the case? I certainly hope this isn't the case. It could be something as simple as the seller's agent not understanding your offer or relaying it properly to the builder.
Are you being represented by a Buyer's Agent? If so, what is he/she telling you? If not, get one immediately so your interest will be protected and you will have someone who can better explain the particular circumstances to you. Wish I could offer a better answer, but the information is too limited to be able to offer anything concrete. If you want to re-post with a more clear explaination of the situation, I'm sure you'll get some great suggestions for resolution. Good luck - Steve
Many do a great job though and it sounds like you are having trouble with one particular builder.
Here's some questions that should help you.
1. Are you working with a BUYER's Agent (not the person at the neighborhood)? If you are, then is this agent experienced?
2. Did you make your offer IN WRITING? New Construction gets the most "floated" verbal offers of any of the homes in our industry, so most agents won't take you seriously until you put money on the table and make the offer.
3. Did your offer have a contingency (to sell another home)? If you're from Florida, then you'll have a doubly tough time of it.
If you have an experienced Buyer's Agent (like me :) ) then you'll at least be kept abreast of the strategies involved with a particular builder. Some of the bigger builders run their business corporately and it causes delay and confusion in some cases. Not every builder operates like that though.
Also, in some communities, the agents (if there are more than one) are competing with one another. So while one person may have a pending offer on a home, the other one may not know how complete it is, so you'll get conflicting information on that end.
Good luck to you, feel free to contact me at 770-374-4667 if you need any help.
Once of my agents in our office came from several years experience of working new construction in the Atanta area. I don't know the answer to your specific question. I do know that my agent is well connected in the Atlanta area with several locals there, and has extensive new construction experience as solely a buyers agent. Too bad for you she is not in Atlanta now. :( If you want her referral for a good agent, let me know.
It sounds like you are working with the developer and builders representatives. The other buyers might have buyer agents. If you are working with the builder representatives, keep in mind that they work for the builder and their job is to work in the best interest for the builder. They have responsibilities to be fair and honest when working with you, but they are looking out for the best interest of the builder.
Deborah Madey - Broker
agent and negotiate a price minus the agent fee, do it
It's a tactic the agents use to get you
to buy an older home. I eventually fired every agent I worked with and went directly to the builder
I FEEL your pain! You need competent representation and you need to know who to deal with directly. There are those in the building / construction community that do not utilize agents and their tactics can sometimes be questionable - but the bottom line is you need someone who speaks their language.
I will tell you that I know of a specific situation where a buyer made a decent offer on a home - was ultimately turned down by the builder - and two weeks later that same home was reduced lower than the offer they had on the table.
It's not a conspiracy, or anything diabolical - it's just poor management strategy. The house has yet to sell - and they will have to give it away at this point in the market.
Insofar as the comment you make about someone telling you a home is sold only to find out it's not - that is plausible. The contract could have fallen through due to lack of financing or the person just found something better... There is so much to choose from here!
If however, this isn't the case and you can verify that there was NO PREVIOUS CONTRACT on the house - you may have means for retribution.... and in that case you should be on a legal website not this one!
Good luck to you... but don't despair, this is a buyers market and your home is somewhere waiting.