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Appraisal company called. When I told the woman that I was doing some remodeling, she told me that was fine as long as everything was fixed by the time of the appraisal-- for instance, in replacing the siding, I can't have any of the original siding taken off yet (whoops!) or remodeling the porch has to be done-- or else the appraisal drops in value.

Even though that loan would be to finish up this work, among other things.

What. The. Fuck.

So yeah. Seems like I might have to take out a home improvement loan (another one) to fix the existing stuff, THEN do a refi. And I really can't afford to do that, unless I keep to doing the work myself which is a PITA.

Dammit, dammit, dammit.
More clarity after some phone time: essentially, the underwriters require all in-process projects to be done.

So, I have to finish the porch on my own dime. I have to replace the kitchen wall sheetrock, even though it's going to be torn out again. I have to patch the dining room ceiling. I have to put new siding on the front (or optionally go ahead with the full removal and replacement of the siding after the insulation) again, on my own dime.

It's possible I could get another home improvement loan to pay for the materials. That would pay off the existing home improvement loan balance, but the interest rate is chunky (like 10.5%), and it would hurt for a while.

Needs further study.


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Jul. 21st, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
Who was it who wrote that banks are institutions that will lend you money, if you can prove that you don't need it?
Jul. 21st, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
Mark Twain?
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