Jason Arakelian and his pregnant wife fought Toll Brothers to recover about $34,000 in deposits on a new house, and another $60,000 in upgrades payments.
On July 9, an arbitrator ruled in their favor. However, Arakelian estimated he was stuck at that point with about $42,000 in attorney and arbitration fees.
The Arakelians, from Collegeville, Pa. outside Philadelphia, tried to buy a house in nearby Chester Springs for $518,000 two years ago from Toll Brothers, the nation's largest luxury homebuilder. But the deal fell through when the couple could not get the loan needed to close.
When the deal went south, Toll employees tried their hardest to keep the deposit, Arakelian said, even though they quickly sold the house to someone else for over $80,000 more.
"It's just the arrogance of them and if I can help someone to not fall into that trap ... " he said.
"It just seems unfair that if they didn't hold our money fraudulently, we wouldn't have had to (pay for an attorney and arbitration)," he said. "We've had a really, really tough time of it. There were days when I wasn't sure our marriage would hold up."
Read the arbitrator's report below.