We're trying to get a house bought. Charming old 1949 house that's been added onto... on a double (or more) corner lot in the neighborhood of our choice... and for a very good price from the original owner who's still getting around well enough to move into a garden home by herself. I've been amazed at how little anybody in the process cares about how what they do affects the other parties. I know it takes time, and since we're using FHA there's beauracracy on top of the norm, but it's been waaaaaay more stressful than I ever imagined it could be.
The seller now realizes that she underpriced... and by a bunch (we made a full price offer before the realtor even listed it). So she's not willing to fix anything of significance. That's understandable to me... but it complicates the closing, in that we need to get things done before it's ours... and we need things to move along so she doesn't have any reason to back out. So I'm trying to get electrical bids and air conditioning bids and hoping that they'll take a signed painting contract as 'good faith' that we're really gonna have it painted... but it'd sure be a trick to get it done by July 1. Or probably even August 1.
Just minutes ago I heard from our agent, who's trying to get the appraisal scheduled since they haven't bothered to contact me like they said they would. I gave the appraisal people $550 this morning... and now they want the agent to send them lot dimensions, a copy of the inspection report, and a list of comps. Last week I paid $300 for the inspection, the tax office has all the lot info and what not on the website (including the assessed value that's already above the selling price), and to my mind, an appraiser oughta have an idea of what things are worth. What am I paying them for??
Why do I need to pay for a new survey when the appraisal district already knows the details of the property down to the inch? The same houses and the same fences have been in the same place since 1949. If were laying out a homesite on an acreage I'd understand... but we're not.
I thought people were supposed to get more patient as the years go by... but I musta missed class when they were teaching that!