Zoey101 wrote: ↑May 18th, 2017 2:33 pmGuys I just want to say, that I was having a lot of negative thoughts about the purchase but got in touch with the builders regarding capping fees. I communicated with Rob Kansun; first via email and then via phone (as he was open to answering questions over phone discussion). He was EXTREMELY nice and took the time to go through my concerns and I must say I felt far more at ease after speaking to him!!
And on a side note, I am NOT one of Sierra's people posting a good response to lure you guys there way. It doesn't matter to me weather you guys choose to go with the deal or not; I don't get paid a penny!!
But after reading such negative responses, I just feel that I should share my experience which was a positive one.
Do not just base judgements on your experiences that you had with the sales agents--the gentlemen are older (nice but can be sarcastic) but thats generally how old people are LOL.
My advice would be; go through your agreement with your lawyer and whatever you do not understand, email Sierra group or call and speak to them and have your issues addressed. Make an informed decision!!
edjAero wrote: ↑May 18th, 2017 5:46 pmHey guys,
I purchased a unit in Phase 2 and also wanted to share my experience.
I had always followed this forum since it initiated and also had so many mixed feelings when I read some of the other posts. I never felt like I needed to post here as much as I do now.
I was extremely excited about this development as I knew in advance about it, as I currently live across the street on the south side in the older community. We had received letters from the City Of Vaughan about the zoning proposal and from our local Toronto councillor Vincent Crisanti. My wish was to purchase a home here in the future so we can be close to our work, friends, and family.
That wish came true, but with so many mixed feelings in the process.
My wife and I originally had an appointment for phase 1. Unfortunately, we were not able to get in as they had overbooked their appointment slots and sold out in 2 hours. They re-assured my wife and I that we would get an appointment for phase 2. They claimed that all person/s that had an appointment after they sold out, would get an appointment for phase 2.
At first I didn't believe them, but it was a pleasant surprise to receive a phone call from them to confirm my phase 2 appointment.
They day of our phase 2 appointment, it was not a zoo like atmosphere compared to phase 1. It had some structure and didn't seem like an auction. Nevertheless, it still wasn't a remarkable experience for buying our first home. When we were called out our number, we didn't have much time to think about it. We were asked about our unit preference and was told the price. We were torn between 2 models as we had done our homework before going in, it was a matter of our budget. We had some questions that the sales rep was not able to answer. I understand that they are sales reps and may not know everything about the project as they don't directly work for Sierra. I felt like there should have been some direction or guidance about questions and concerns. Some purchasers may have not had questions or cared about certain aspects of the project, but as we are first time home buyers, we had some questions. My wife and I made one of the biggest decision of our lives and decided that we would sign the agreement and then have a lawyer look at it.
We did walk out of the sales office on April 8 excited about our first home and future.
We had our lawyer look at it and I had shared some of the concerns that my wife and I had and also some of the concerns that I read here. I told her that people had claimed that it was a horrible agreement.
My lawyer re-assured us not to worry as she will provide us a full report of her findings and address our concerns. What made us feel at ease was that she already had knowledge about this project through a previous client that purchased in phase 1. She kept claiming that it is a standard agreement and there is nothing really surprising that she can recall. The firm that she works for also represents a reputable condo builder so she has a lot of experience in agreements and knows what to exactly look for.
After a day of providing our lawyer with the agreement, we were given a report and had a telephone conference with our lawyer. She told us exactly what she was going to seek the builder to amend in the agreement and mentioned that there is noting abnormal about the agreement. Our lawyer would also try to get some other sections amended that were based on our concerns, but felt that it would not be accepted.
She told us to think about it and let her know ASAP about having the amendment request sent to Rob at Sierra. We did not have much time as it was Easter weekend coming up.
My wife and I thought about it for a day and decided that we would go through with it. Our lawyer had no issues with communicating with Rob at Sierra. He got back to her within the day of her amendment requests and had finalized all the amendments on the Thursday before Good Friday. All we had to do was go in on the Monday which was the final day of our cooling period to sign all the amendments.
Some of our requests were rejected and some of them were already what our lawyer had expected due to her previous dealings with Sierra from her client that purchased in phase 1.
The biggest shock to my wife and I was the capping costs. We wished that it was much lower than what Sierra had agreed to. As our lawyer said, it is a sellers market right now and unfortunately, builders and not budging much these days with amendments. We went in on Monday to sign the final amended parts of our agreement.
I was able to go to the City of Vaughan's website and read all the relevant documents about this approved zoning proposal. ( https://maps.vaughan.ca/planit )
I must say that it is not an easy development compared to others. There is much more to it then what one would expect. Ill give you an example. Do to the high noise level that is based on the noise level study that was carried out. It is recommended that Sierra put rooftop noise screens on the mechanical equipment (A/C units) that are located on the roof of the Senior's residence and the plaza. Hopefully, Sierra follows the recommendations that were suggested on the various studies that were carried out to have this development approved by the City of Vaughan. It is a pretty interesting read and suggest you guys to read it, if interested.
I also found it interesting That Sierra tried to sell the property/development early last year. It made me wonder if it had to do with the complexity of having this development built. After reviewing various offers, Sierra decided that they would continue to build the development. ( http://www.cbre.ca/AssetLibrary/Woodbri ... _Towns.pdf and https://fortressrealdevelopments.com/pr ... ing-court/ )
As you have all read, it was a roller coaster ride on purchasing our unit. My wife and I are not worried and are excited about living in our new home.
I am in no way trying to bash other's opinions or defend the builder. I just wanted to share my views and the homework that I did about purchasing in this development.
Whether you purchased at Woodbridge Park, or at another development, or still seeking your ideal home, I wish everyone all the best.
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Thank you Rob @ Sierra for todays laughs! I think I'm going to buy all the leftovers now...thanks for the posts! I feel so much better...lol