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OFF BEAT: House is built, but there's a lot of trouble

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A house is only as good as the lot it sits on. And when that lot belongs to the neighbors, it’s not much good.

Six months after their custom 5,000-square-foot, three-story vacation rental was built, with an estimated construction value of $680,000, Missouri couple Mark and Brenda Voss learned that it actually sits on the lot next to the one they own in Palm Coast, Florida, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal.

The builder, Ormond Beach, Florida-based Keystone Homes, is reportedly trying to negotiate a settlement between the Voss’ and the North Carolina couple that owns the other lot, as well as other parties.

“The buck stops with the builder. We know that,” Robbie Richmond, vice president of Keystone Homes, told the News-Journal. “We are in the process of trying to schedule a conference call and find a fair resolution without the lawyers. I have built about 600 homes in Flagler County, and this has never happened to me before. It does happen, but it’s rare.”

Meanwhile, Debi Peterson, executive officer of the Flagler Home Builders Association, told the newspaper she can recall 10 similar incidences in her 18 years on the job; “you just don’t hear about them because they are not a million-dollar home that faces the ocean.”

Keystone Homes and the Voss’ both told the News-Journal that misplaced surveyor’s stakes in 2013 led to the error.