If nothing else, I feel as if I did all I could.
Karsten and I scrambled all morning to pull together quotes on renovations. We went by the house and snuck around the back to measure the broken window, and then went to Home Depot for a quote. Got a carpet quote, a paint quote, a door quote. Lots of quotes.
Then, after much stressful phone tag and several stressful conversations with the mortgage rep, I pulled together a proposal letter that I faxed over to her at 4:30 PM along with the quotes. The idea was to have the appraiser review them and determine a post-renovation value so they know how much to figure for the loan.
The renovation grand total? $1640. Yes, that’s sixteen hundred forty dollars. One thousand six hundred forty dollars. For a “renovation.”
It’s so absurd I could barely stand it.
And apparently, it served its purpose, because the mortgage rep called me, confused.
Yes, I patiently explained, there’s a lot more we could do to the house, definitely, but not without living in it and understanding the long-term renovation strategy. (Whatever we include in the list, we’re obligated to do. I sure wasn’t going to list anything we’re not definite about.) But these were truly the only things we’d determined to be necessary for us to make it inhabitable.
So why is her appraiser is telling her there’s $10,000 worth of work to be done to raise the condition from “poor” to “average”?
I couldn’t begin to guess. Is he skittish with older houses?
No, she says. We’ve done historic homes before. We’ve done renovations. That shouldn’t be a problem. And he says the value is there, she tells me. He says the house will be worth well more than the purchase price when it’s fixed up — that’s it’s worth well more than that now, she adds.
Anyway, several phone calls later, between mortgage rep and buyer, between buyer and buyer’s agent, between buyer’s agent and seller’s agent, between buyer’s agent and mortgage rep, we finally think we may have the answer, if the underwriter will agree. The bank can give us 90 days to finish our renovations, bring the appraiser back to get our “average” condition, and then close on conventional terms. Everyone seems pleased with this scenario.
Let’s hope it actually works.