Dominion working to fix problems

Dominion working to fix problems

There are 110 comments on the The Columbus Dispatch story from Mar 18, 2006, titled Dominion working to fix problems. In it, The Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Since 1952, Dominion Homes has built homes for more than 26,000 central Ohio families.

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Amy

Shreveport, LA

#23 Jan 24, 2007
Is Hunters Creek a Dominion Subdivision too? Who should we contact over there regarding the HOA
Amy

Shreveport, LA

#24 Jan 24, 2007
DKG wrote:
<quoted text>We are in the same boat as you. We live in Louisville in a Dominion Homes subdivision. We have lived here 5 years. Recently, I was disabled and we need to move to get away from the steps and into a one level house. We have tried to sell our house for $5000 less than we paid and still did not have one offer!!! We put $20,000 down on our house and I am not convinced we could sell it now and even break even. We have not had trouble with the house itself, but the neighborhood has changed - lots of rentals, foreclosures, cash for homes owners, etc. I am trying to research the lawsuits going on in Ohio against Dominion Homes and see if an attorney in Louisville will help us form a case for overpricing/predatory lending
Any finds on lawsuits against Dominion? I have checked into selling our house and it's pretty much the same thing. In my situation, Domionion pre qpproved me for the house, set me up with a realator to sell the house I previously owned (which Dominion gave a large bonus to her for doing so!)& after selling my house in December 2004 1 month before closing, they notified me a wtwo weeks before closing that there was a mistake and they couldn't qualify me with out a co signer. I was six months pregnant, a nervouse wreck and had to have my parent s co sign on the house or I was without a home----needless to say my parents stepped up and co signed but I wish I had never sold my old house to start with!!! So let me know if you find anything out on the crooks!
hcb

Shreveport, LA

#26 Jan 24, 2007
Amy wrote:
<quoted text>
Any finds on lawsuits against Dominion? I have checked into selling our house and it's pretty much the same thing. In my situation, Domionion pre qpproved me for the house, set me up with a realator to sell the house I previously owned (which Dominion gave a large bonus to her for doing so!)& after selling my house in December 2004 1 month before closing, they notified me a wtwo weeks before closing that there was a mistake and they couldn't qualify me with out a co signer. I was six months pregnant, a nervouse wreck and had to have my parent s co sign on the house or I was without a home----needless to say my parents stepped up and co signed but I wish I had never sold my old house to start with!!! So let me know if you find anything out on the crooks!
We are in the process of gathering any and ALL information to proceed in suing DH. Anything you have e-mail hunterscreekhoa1@yahoo.com. Proof of your concerns and issues are needed. Ask in your e-mail for the HC website. I can not disclose it due to it being private. Thank You.
jaime

Charlotte, NC

#27 Jan 26, 2007
i feel so bad for everyone on here. we've had issues from the start with dominion. should have been our first warning not to sign. we were lied to for months about a refrigerator being included and weren't told until about 2 weeks prior to closing that it was in fact NOT included. then there was the amount we would need at closing. it changed 3 times. first we would pay over $1000., then we were getting back about $800. so we were relieved because we didn't know where we were getting the $$ for the fridge. then about 3 days before signing, we had to come up with close to $400. we came from an apartment. we didn't sell a house so coming up w/$$ like that was stressful. plus we still had to get the fridge.
now, on to the HOA fee. we were told it would be roughly $135 a year. it was $175 for 2005. since then, it's gone up to $250. and it arrived at my house 2 days before it was "due". i'm on our committee and have talked to a lot of my neighbors during the past week. most have asked why has it gone up so much?!
i live in woodridge crossing in louisville. it's the perfect neighborhood. it's a mile from the freeway, minutes away from shopping centers & the mall. yet for some reason, since we closed on 10/1/04, we still have less than 50 homes. and now they're doing that whole, "let's build a house and then put a for sell sign up front". anyone else wondering what dominion is doing to sell homes in your neighborhoods? other than the most common, which seems to be, "lets approve anybody and then make them foreclose?!"
i'm just fed up with the lies. we were told no all brick, no hard wood. i mean i have nickle lighting with brass doorknobs & hinges. guess what?! it's now an option to have it all nickle. we've priced the cost to change. it's about $250 for the whole house, plus the time it will take. now we have all brick homes being built. we're 2 years old and out dated and dominion doesn't care that we're pissed about it! thanks for letting me rant.
louisville, ky
Tammy Black

Northbrook, IL

#28 Jan 26, 2007
Good Person wrote:
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"As for not knowing what i'm signing, this was the first home I ever bought and there was a million papers to sign literally. It was also schedualed at 7:00pm."
I'm aware of the number of documents that you have to sign. It should not be an excuse to not read it all and ask questions of an outside, unbiased person to be sure you understand. How is that Country Wide's fault? I bought my first home when I was 20. I too signed without reading everything COMPLETELY. No need for details but I lost my butt on this. And I have no one to be angry with except myself. From that day forward I LEARNED YOU NEED TO READ AND UNDERSTAND IT ALL OR DON'T SIGN IT!
As for your HOA, every owner has the right to see the entire statement of fees collected and how much was spent on what. Your HOA has a board of directors, usually comprised of the people within the community/complex. They have monthly public meetings you are entitled to attend and voice concerns/questions/make proposals.
you really don't have a clue. You can not sit and read these papers all at once at a signing. I'm not the only person to be screwed here. Dominion and Countrywide fail to disclose information, that is why there are a number of law suits against them, this I have found out through the bankruptcy atty. We asked questions at the closing and was lied to. You sound like you are employeed by either Dominion or Countrywide. Which is it.
Good Person

San Jose, CA

#29 Jan 26, 2007
Tammy Black wrote:
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you really don't have a clue. You can not sit and read these papers all at once at a signing. I'm not the only person to be screwed here. Dominion and Countrywide fail to disclose information, that is why there are a number of law suits against them, this I have found out through the bankruptcy atty. We asked questions at the closing and was lied to. You sound like you are employeed by either Dominion or Countrywide. Which is it.
First of all I am not employed by either. Second of all I do have a clue, because like you, I learned the hard way. I have bought 4 homes over my lifetime, I'm 38 for the record. I bought the first one when I was 20 and I got screwed. Why? Because I didn't read. You had the right to have an attourney present and explain anything you did not understand while you were signing. And if there was anything you weren't comfortable with you could have stopped it. Nobody forced you to sign anything. Why would go into such an important deal that will affect your life without consulting someone who does know a thing or two about it? I'm not sticking up for Countrywide but this is happening alot where I live also and it's all because people were stupid, went in blind, saw flags but didn't do anything about it and now they want to blame someone else for their mistakes. And sure there can be many lawsuits started but how many do you think Countrywide has lost? Give me an example of something that Countrywide did not tell you and was NOT in the paperwork somewhere?
Amy

Shreveport, LA

#30 Jan 26, 2007
Good Person wrote:
<quoted text>
First of all I am not employed by either. Second of all I do have a clue, because like you, I learned the hard way. I have bought 4 homes over my lifetime, I'm 38 for the record. I bought the first one when I was 20 and I got screwed. Why? Because I didn't read. You had the right to have an attourney present and explain anything you did not understand while you were signing. And if there was anything you weren't comfortable with you could have stopped it. Nobody forced you to sign anything. Why would go into such an important deal that will affect your life without consulting someone who does know a thing or two about it? I'm not sticking up for Countrywide but this is happening alot where I live also and it's all because people were stupid, went in blind, saw flags but didn't do anything about it and now they want to blame someone else for their mistakes. And sure there can be many lawsuits started but how many do you think Countrywide has lost? Give me an example of something that Countrywide did not tell you and was NOT in the paperwork somewhere?
In Tammy Blacks defense - not many people read what they are signing when buying a house, your trust that the questions you have asked in the past were answered correctly? your excited and ready to get through with it so you can have your keys!!! In my case I was told by we would have a two year penalty, of course come to find out it is a three year penalty for refinancing... Everything Dominion does or says is always screwed up!! These mortgage company I used was given to me through Dominion (imagine that). The bottom line is Dominion & the people associated with Dominion are all full of shit & tell you what they you want to hear!!!
Amy

Louisville, KY

#31 Feb 1, 2007
I am interested in filing a class -action law suit against Dominion Homes. I am in a similar situation to alot of other emails posted. I have had my house for sale for almost 3 years in a Subdivion in Louisville, KY, Supposedly " The BEST of EVERYTHING", not true.I have had it well marked under appraisal and way below what I have paid for it. I have not had one offer yet. The mortgage payment has gone up tremendously over the last several years, almost 400.00 more than it was when I bought it, and it's safe to say that the other 12 houses for sale in this subdivion have not sold in the last 2-3 years they have been up for sale. What is the matter with this picture? Also the homeowners fees have gone up almost 100.00 in 3 years, and they give you 3 weeks notice before they want to collect, and they are due right after Christmas. It's safe to say this experience has financially corrupt me and ruined my credit. I think Dominion needs to be put out of business before other lives are ruined, or should I say other futures are ruined to good people. Anyone interested in a class action lawsuit please email me: mylittleangel2431@yahoo.com.
Tammy Black

Northbrook, IL

#32 Feb 15, 2007
Thanks Amy for putting him in his place. this person has no clue. It really wierd isn't it that this is happeneing to everyone who went thru Dominion. We were told that we could refinance after 2 years. Little did we know that we were not able to do this without being penalized. Our payment has gone up out the roof. We also inquired as to the taxes and insurance being included in the payment, we were told that yes this is included. The insurance was included for 1 year then you were on your own. We didn't know this until my Insurance Agent called. It was a good thing that I wanted to use my own instead of Dominions, as they wouldn't have called to let me know that it was cancelled. I didn't know about the taxes until I got a tax bill. We did call Dominion about this and was handed a bunch of shit. Dominion has been totally dishonest about the whole process.(We are in the process of gathering any and ALL information to proceed in suing DH. Anything you have e-mail hunterscreekhoa1@yahoo.com. Proof of your concerns and issues are needed. Ask in your e-mail for the HC website. I can not disclose it due to it being private. Thank You.

“lightly burnt,but still smokin”

Since: Dec 06

in the corner of your mind,

#33 Feb 15, 2007
didn't dominion just hire fat a$$ betty montgomery? she was attorny general of ohio at one time.they must have needed big legal guns,to keep themselves out of trouble.

good luck to all of you
Good Person

San Jose, CA

#34 Feb 16, 2007
Tammy Black wrote:
Thanks Amy for putting him in his place. this person has no clue. It really wierd isn't it that this is happeneing to everyone who went thru Dominion. We were told that we could refinance after 2 years. Little did we know that we were not able to do this without being penalized. Our payment has gone up out the roof. We also inquired as to the taxes and insurance being included in the payment, we were told that yes this is included. The insurance was included for 1 year then you were on your own. We didn't know this until my Insurance Agent called. It was a good thing that I wanted to use my own instead of Dominions, as they wouldn't have called to let me know that it was cancelled. I didn't know about the taxes until I got a tax bill. We did call Dominion about this and was handed a bunch of shit. Dominion has been totally dishonest about the whole process.(We are in the process of gathering any and ALL information to proceed in suing DH. Anything you have e-mail hunterscreekhoa1@yahoo.com. Proof of your concerns and issues are needed. Ask in your e-mail for the HC website. I can not disclose it due to it being private. Thank You.
I'm a her for the record. And I don't understand how you think it is I who doesn't have a clue when it it you people who SIGNED PAPERS WITHOUT READING THEM OR DOING YOUR HOMEWORK! You took the word of a bunch of people who were all in bed together. That should've been your first clue something wasn't right. And when something seems to be too good to be true it most likely is. I'm not trying to be mean. But tell me this, would you do it again? I'm guessing probably not, if you learned anything from your mistakes. Also, I want to make it clear, I'm not sticking up for this builder. I'm sure they are shady, they took advantage of people, but did they do anything illegal? I'm not talking about they "TOLD" one thing and it wasn't true. What did you have IN WRITING? Give an example of something concrete, evidence in hand, of what they did that was illegal.
Concerned in C-Bus

Grove City, OH

#35 Mar 7, 2007
Dominion's current active development in Columbus, "Village at Stone Cliff," has recently begun not saffing it's model and has no short-term plans to build new homes. I would not be surprised at all of they sell the remaining lots to another builder. Dominion essentially got greedy and upped it's pricing from their successful "Village at Eastern Glen" subdivision down the road. Anyone who knows anything knows to keep homes as affordable as possible when you're talking about the Sunbury Rd/Mock Rd area of Columbus. A year or so ago, Dominion pulled out of McCutcheon Crossing, selling all of it's lots to competitor Joshua Homes.

Dominion, as a company, is in serious financial rouble. It will be very interesting to see what happens in the next few months.
florida guy

United States

#36 Mar 7, 2007
home building is for profit,i know that surprises many of you,but homes are not built by builders to lose money,so forgive me if i dont lose any sleep over some of you rich pricks not getting to screw over anouther working guy!
gorkafan

Dublin, OH

#37 Mar 7, 2007
Just Curious wrote:
<quoted text>
You can't sue Country Wide because of your lack of attention to detail. It's all in the paper work. You should've done your homework. If you didn't understand what you were reading your real estate agent should have been able to help you if they weren't capable of helping you you should've had a lawyer help you. Whenever doing a mortgage loan you get a good faith estimate that spells it all out. Your final closing paperwork should be pretty close to that estimate. As for your insurance you should've looked at your statement. It clearly spells out what is in escrow and when taxes are paid which are either by the quarter or by the half of the year. It would also show if you were paying for insurance. Know what you're signing and signing up for and don't blame other's for your mistakes.
You sound like someone who makes their "living" sell these pieces of crap to unfortuate, uneducated people.

And yes, it is a crime.

I work for a company (shame, shame) that provides services to some of these track builders. There are a lot of builders (Dominion, Centex/Fox-Jacobs, etc....)who's main source of business is these poor people. And unfortunately, the reactive process caused by the failures of these predators affects industry-wide.
Tammy Black

Northbrook, IL

#38 Mar 19, 2007
florida guy wrote:
home building is for profit,i know that surprises many of you,but homes are not built by builders to lose money,so forgive me if i dont lose any sleep over some of you rich pricks not getting to screw over anouther working guy!
For your information, I'm not rich. I have a handicapped daughter and a husband with cancer. so take your comment and shove it.
Good Person

San Jose, CA

#39 Mar 19, 2007
gorkafan wrote:
<quoted text>
You sound like someone who makes their "living" sell these pieces of crap to unfortuate, uneducated people.
And yes, it is a crime.
I work for a company (shame, shame) that provides services to some of these track builders. There are a lot of builders (Dominion, Centex/Fox-Jacobs, etc....)who's main source of business is these poor people. And unfortunately, the reactive process caused by the failures of these predators affects industry-wide.
It may be a moral crime to take advantatge of "unfortuate, uneducated people." But it is not illegal. I don't know how else to say what I've said before, that nobody has been able to explain...READ THE FINE PRINT, DO YOUR HOMEWORK, JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE SAYS SOMETHING DOESN'T MEAN IT'S TRUE, GET IT IN WRITING!!!! You can't be that uneducated to not understand what I am saying. And again for the record...I don't work for them, I don't sell homes, I have nothing to do with the industry. I AM SPEAKING FROM PERSONALLY EXPERIENCE. I TOO WAS BURNED, BUT IT WAS MY OWN FAULT BECAUSE I WAS 19, IN A HURRY, EXCITED ABOUT OWNING A HOME AND ALL THAT GOES WITH IT. I signed without thoroughly doing my homework and lost my butt in the end! So I'm some jacka** who "doesn't have a clue."

And Tammy, I'm truly sorry about your family situation, I've got experience with that too and I do feel for you.
just thinking in fl

United States

#40 Mar 20, 2007
gee tammy,that sucks,but that doesnt excuse you for not fully reading and understanding your contract before you signed now does it? i really hate people like you who make a mistake and then want to blame everyone else for that mistake and then come up with all these excues to try to explain why they were such a d**ba**!
Brian

Columbus, OH

#41 Mar 20, 2007
Amy wrote:
I have a Dominion Home and our homeowner association (CMA) started at $160 in a couple of years are now asking for $225? Any suggestions were to find information on rules and regulations that goveren Homeowner Assoication fees and companies. Do they have to provide us with statement and/or information on were the money is going?
<quoted text>
Im on a homeowners board in my sub in Michigan. The first question is are you(your sub) in control or does the builder still control it? In either case when you bought into the sub you should have your homeowners manual if you didn't get one demand it. Also, you have a right to see how things are being spent in your association. It doesn't matter whether its controlled by your own board or if its the builder board. If they dont provide financial information. You and any resident should contact a lawyer and proceed from there. To answer your question yes your dues can change that much if they under estimating your budget. Thats what happen in my sub we started and 300 and now we are up to 500 within 2 years. This is our first year in control of our sub so whatever happen before us God only knows. Hope this helps!!
just thinking in fl

United States

#42 Mar 20, 2007
mam,i am so sick of people wanting to get a lawyer and sue somebody over every little thing that goes wrong for them! you know,everybodys life is not perfect and a lawyer is not the answer all the time! READ ALL CONTRACTS CAREFULLY AND BE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BEFORE YOU SIGN! stop shiftting the blame onto someone else because you didnt or dont understand something,man,what a bunch of @$%^&*(!!!!
Good Person

San Jose, CA

#43 Mar 20, 2007
just thinking in fl wrote:
mam,i am so sick of people wanting to get a lawyer and sue somebody over every little thing that goes wrong for them! you know,everybodys life is not perfect and a lawyer is not the answer all the time! READ ALL CONTRACTS CAREFULLY AND BE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BEFORE YOU SIGN! stop shiftting the blame onto someone else because you didnt or dont understand something,man,what a bunch of @$%^&*(!!!!
Don't waste your time Just Thinking. Apparenlty these people can't read. Read some of my comments, then their responses. They don't get it. But thanks for backing up what I've said. Maybe if TWO people tell them, they might see another point of view.:)

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