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Complaint Review: Continental Communities, Lincoln Park, Lisa And Scott McCullum

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  • Submitted: Mon, May 11, 2009
  • Updated: Fri, May 15, 2009

  • Reported By:milwaukee Wisconsin
Continental Communities, Lincoln Park, Lisa And Scott McCullum
www.continentalcommunities.com Nationwide U.S.A.

Continental Communities, Lincoln Park, Lisa And Scott McCullum Continental Communities, Lincoln Park, Lisa and Scott McCullum are involved in illegal practices West Allis, Steven's Point, Illinios Nationwide

*Consumer Comment: Holy cow!

*UPDATE Employee: Continental Communities, Lincoln Park

*Author of original report: Lincoln Park, Continental Communities

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This is about Continental Communities, Robert Fitzgerald, 2015 Spring Rd # 600
Oak Brook, IL 60523, Lincoln Park, 10301 W. Greenfield Ave, West Allis, WI 53214, and Scott and Lisa McCullum, Agents for Lincoln Park, 1905 N. 2nd St., Stevens point, WI 54481.

I bought a mobile home their park, Lincoln Park, in August 2008. It was 9500$, but I paid 4300$ to the owner, Dianne, and 1700$ to Continental Communities, which was a total of 6000$, and then was to pay 200$ a month to Dianne until it was paid off and then I would get the title.

We thought the park would be a nice quiet park like it was advertised, but it was not. In the rules in regulations it said that they will not tolerate acts of drunkenness, or other immoral behavior, and that they did not allow loud motorcycles, mufflers, or music. At the park there was someone drunk yelling for their f'in food and phone all day during labor day, a couple arguing at all hours of the day and night, there were about 7 loud motorcycles and people going in and out at all hours of the day and night blasting their car radios and cars with loud mufflers.

The noise was unbearable. So we moved Nov 1, 2008, and the mobile home was put back up for sale at 10,000$.

You expect the park to be the way it was advertised and for the rules to be enforced/followed. What is the point of having them if they are not going to be enforced? Then when you move it is too bad.

When I decided not to keep the mobile home after all, Continental would not give me back my 1700$ with no explanation as to why, and Dianne would not give me back my 4300$ with no reason why. There was nothing in my contracts that said I wouldn't get any of it back or that they could keep it if I moved or decided not to buy it after all.

I was told by Lincoln park's manager, Jane, that when the mobile home sold I would get my money and Dianne would get hers. Jane said that both of us had to be at the closing, and we both had to sign, and she would call and let me know when the mobile home sold.

In December and January of 2008, I got laid off from my job and wrote to Dianne and told her that I couldn't afford the 200$ for that month and if she wanted me to keep paying that or if she wanted to wait until it sold to get the balance. But I never heard back from her one way or the other.

One day when I was checking the Internet, I found out that there was a sale pending on the mobile home, but heard from no one about it. Finally on the Internet a few weeks later I saw that the mobile home sold.

So we called the park manager, Jane, and asked what was going on and why she didn't call me and she said that Continental Communities and Lisa and Scott McCullum the Agents for Lincoln Park in Steven's Point WI told her not to talk about it with me and she said we had to deal with Dianne. Again Jane was called and finally she said that Dianne had already got paid and that she wasn't going to give me my share of the money because we didn't give her a 30 days notice and because I defaulted on my agreement.

I was told earlier by Continental that I was the legal owner of the mobile home, but that it was up to Dianne if she wanted to give me any money or not when it sold. And when it did, they said that I wasn't going to get the 1700$ back and that Dianne didn't have to pay me because of the reasons she gave.

No body told me that I had to give Dianne a 30 days notice, and why should I have when I was the legal owner of the home. I also tried to work it out with Dianne about not being able to afford the 200$ a month when I got laid off because I didn't want to loose my share of the money but she ignored me.

Plus since I was the legal owner, when the mobile home was put back up for sale, I was the seller, not the buyer anymore so that entitled me to getting my share of the money back when it sold. I had nothing in writing or in my contracts that said I had to give Dianne a 30 days notice if I moved or that I wouldn't get my money back if I stopped paying her the 200$ a month or that I had to keep paying her in order to get my money back.

I went to a lawyer to see if there was anything legally that I could do to get my money back. She looked over all of the paper work I got and she said that according to my yellow contract and settlement sheet, the mobile home was sold out right to me the day I paid the initial 6000$, because that was the sales price listed on the yellow contract and settlement sheet, and that made me the legal owner of it then, should have gotten the title at that time, did not owe anybody any more money, and was not legally obligated to pay Dianne 200$ a month, nor did I have to give Dianne a 30 days notice, and that the paper Dianne had made up to pay her the 200$ was not legal or legally binding, although she tried to make it look that way with an unknown signature on it.

My lawyer said that when the mobile home sold, I was the one who should have got paid, not Dianne. I also should have gotten my 1700$ back from Continental. They had no right to tell me it was up to Dianne to give me my share of the money when the mobile home sold or that she didn't have to give it back to me.

Mr. McCullum and Continental had no right to tell Jane not to talk to me about the sale after it sold and Jane had no right to give Dianne that money when it did and they had no right to keep that sale quiet from me.

Beware when buying a mobile home from this park!

Anonymous
milwaukee, Wisconsin
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Holy cow!

AUTHOR: Flynrider - (U.S.A.)

"As for the $1700.00 that said resident feels our company owes her, this is a commission for selling the home"

You made a $1700 commission on a $9500 home? That's nearly 18%. You make the average real estate agency look like like a non-profit organization.
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AUTHOR: Lincoln Park - (U.S.A.)

First, Lincoln Park is an owner occupied community. Residents own their homes and pay rent to Lincoln Park for the lot. The transaction that is being discussed here is a deal that happened without our knowledge. As stated on our closing sheet the sales price of the home was $6000.00 not $9500.00. The side deal to pay the balance was not brought to our attention until the resident wanted to move.

The way a deal would usually work with a leinholder, which is what this person had since she still owed money after the closing, is the title would be transferred in the new owners' name with the old owner listed as the leinholder until such time as the balance is paid off. In this case the original owner held onto the title and it was not tranferred into the new owner's name.

It is my understanding from the sales manager that said resident looked at the home at least 3 times before entering into a contract to purchase the home. You would think if you were in the community that many times before purchasing you would get a good feel for what the atmosphere is like.

Upon said resident deciding they did not want to reside within the community any more is when we first found out about this side deal. Had we known about this side deal to pay the balance of $3500.00 in monthly installments we would have never allowed the deal to go through because again we are an owner occupied community. We would have suggested that the said resident go to a bank to obtain a loan for the balance due on the home, therefore the title issues would have been taken care of correctly.

As for the $1700.00 that said resident feels our company owes her, this is a commission for selling the home for the seller that is paid by the seller at the closing. The way we do this is to have the buyer come in with a check payable to our company for the commission amount and a separate check payable to the seller for the balance due.

Being that said resident did not truly own the home (because title never transferred and she defaulted on her lot rent) the previous resident relisted the home with our community for sale. It was our understanding that the seller was going to settle with the resident that moved out after the closing.

Again, we have never seen a copy of any agreement that was made for payment of the balance due. We do not know if said resident had an out clause. I know if she had a loan with a mortgage company and later decided she did not want to live in the home she would not be entitled to any money back and the mortgage company would be the legal owner of the home and have every right to re-sell the home.
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AUTHOR: Anonymous - (U.S.A.)

This is about Continental Communities and Lincoln Park. I bought a mobile home a park that they own called Lincoln Park, located in West Allis WI, in August 2008. It was 9500$, but I paid 4300$ to the owner, and 1700$ to Continental Communities, which was a total of 6000$, and then was to pay 200$ a month to The last owner until it was paid off and then I would get the title.

We thought the park would be a nice quiet park like it was advertised, but it was not. In the rules in regulations it said that they will not tolerate acts of drunkenness, or other immoral behavior, and that they did not allow loud motorcycles, mufflers, or music. At the park there was someone drunk yelling for their f'in food and phone all day during labor day, a couple arguing at all hours of the day and night, there were about 7 loud motorcycles and people going in and out at all hours of the day and night blasting their car radios and cars with loud mufflers.

The noise was unbearable. So we moved Nov 1, 2008, and the mobile home was put back up for sale at 10,000$.

You expect the park to be the way it was advertised and for the rules to be enforced/followed. What is the point of having them if they are not going to be enforced? Then when you move it is too bad.

When I decided not to keep the mobile home after all, Continental would not give me back my 1700$ with no explanation as to why, and The last owner would not give me back my 4300$ with no reason why. There was nothing in my contracts that said I wouldn't get any of it back or that they could keep it if I moved or decided not to buy it after all.

I was told by the park's manager, that when the mobile home sold I would get my money and The last owner would get hers. The manager said that both of us had to be at the closing, and we both had to sign, and she would call and let me know when the mobile home sold.

In December and January of 2008, I got laid off from my job and wrote to The last owner and told her that I couldn't afford the 200$ for that month and if she wanted me to keep paying that or if she wanted to wait until it sold to get the balance. But I never heard back from her one way or the other.

One day when I was checking the Internet, I found out that there was a sale pending on the mobile home, but heard from no one about it. Finally on the Internet a few weeks later I saw that the mobile home sold.

we called the park manager and asked what was going on and why she didn't call me. after the third message she finally called back and she said that Continental Communities and the agent for Lincoln Park in Steven's Point, told her not to talk about it with me and that we had to deal with The last owner. She said that The last owner had already got paid and that she wasn't going to give me my share of the money because we didn't give her a 30 days notice and because I defaulted on my agreement.

I was told earlier by Continental that I was the legal owner of the mobile home, but that it was up to The last owner if she wanted to give me any money or not when it sold. And when it did, they said that I wasn't going to get the 1700$ back and that The last owner didn't have to pay me because of the reasons she gave.

No body told me that I had to give The last owner a 30 days notice, and why should I have when I was the legal owner of the home. I also tried to work it out with The last owner about not being able to afford the 200$ a month when I got laid off because I didn't want to loose my share of the money but she ignored me. and if I wouldn't have seen on the internet that the mobile home sold, I never would have known.

Since I was the legal owner, when the mobile home was put back up for sale, I was the seller, not the buyer anymore so that entitled me to getting my share of the money back when it sold. I had nothing in writing or in my contracts that said I had to give The last owner a 30 days notice if I moved or that I wouldn't get my money back if I stopped paying her the 200$ a month or that I had to keep paying her in order to get my money back.

according to my yellow contract and settlement sheet, the mobile home was sold out right to me the day I paid the initial 6000$, because that was the sales price listed on the yellow contract and settlement sheet, and that made me the legal owner of it then, should have gotten the title at that time, did not owe anybody any more money, and was not legally obligated to pay The last owner 200$ a month, nor did I have to give The last owner a 30 days notice, and that the paper The last owner had made up to pay her the 200$ was not legal or legally binding, although she tried to make it look that way with an unknown signature on it.

I was the one who should have got paid, not The last owner. I also should have gotten my 1700$ back from Continental. They had no right to tell me it was up to The last owner to give me my share of the money when the mobile home sold or that she didn't have to give it back to me.
Continental had no right to tell The manager not to talk to me about the sale after it sold and The manager had no right to give The last owner that money when it did and they had no right to keep that sale quiet from me.
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