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Last week I received a new REO assignment. I was thrilled to discover the property was only 4 blocks from my house. I was equally thrilled when I realized which house it was, I have admired it for 19 years. During this past year, I have watched the weeds grow ... and grow ... you can barely see this two story house from the street.
I wrote a blog about this house titled My Worst Ever REO Occupancy Check. The last statement I made in that blog was "this is going to have to be a cash only sale". But I found myself thinking about a FHA 203(k) seminar that was hosted by Michael G Regan, a fellow Active Rainer and Mortgage Banker in my community. I decided to invite Michael to my REO property to get his opinion on whether or not it would qualify for a rehab loan.
Michael accepted my invitation. I gave him the grand tour along with a few warnings (be careful not to step in that!). Michael's take on this house was completely different than mine was initially.
If you look at the pictures in the slide show below, you can see that I was focusing on the trash and personal property. I needed to report back to the bank to let them know the value of anything left behind, plus the amount of work ahead for the trash-out team.
Michael's blog, Halloween Nightmare in May Turns Into 203k Dream, shows that he was envisioning a beautiful and equitable transformation that could be accomplished with a rehab loan. In my previous blog I had painted a picture titled "ick, a nightmare house", Michael has painted a picture titled "dream home with the right loan".
Sometimes it's hard to see past the trash to find a treasure. Thank you, Michael, for seeing this REO in a different light.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.