Need help to get back earnest moneyWe are first time new home buyers and signed a contract with a builder by paying $5000.00 earnest money. The house supposed to be built in plot in a condo community. In an addendum the builder promised and signed that there will be gas connection. The contract was signed 7 months back. There was no timeline for delivery only "within a reasonable time" was printed.Every alternate week we visited the site, found hardly any construction going on. Every time the sales representative said in next 3 weeks start road construction. 6 months were gone. No construction only some sewage pipes were laid. After 6th month, the builder called us and informed that there will be no gas connection and tried to explain us about all-electric homes. Also informed that if we do not agree, we can walk out of the contract will get back refund. All happened verbally nothing given in writing. By this time housing market got better and prices increased.Considering the delay and inability to deliver on promises we decided to walk out. We called and also send email to inform our decision. They told it will take 30 to 45 days to get refund and will send form to sign. Several days passed no information. I noticed that they increased the price of the same plot 10% without promising me any refund.We want to get rid of this non trustworthy builder and their contract as quickly as possible, and get our money back. What step we should take? Is there any known process / form I need to fill up? How we can inform our decision in writing and get back a written promise? Will this be only done by an attorney or we ourselves can do something?Thanks in advanceSeptember 04 2013 - Austin00YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.