The Fun Begins

Yesterday I signed the paperwork and bought my first house! To say that I’m excited would be an understatement. By all accounts the settlement went very well. The seller was a very sweet old lady who was 96 years young and while she was sad to be selling the house she said she felt good that it was being sold to a “nice young man.” Things with the title company went smoothly, but there is an issue with my mortgage interest rate that I’m hoping will be sorted out, and quickly.

Apparently my mortgage guy put a ridiculous contingency on my interest rate that says that if I don’t keep at least $15000 in the bank that they reserve the right to increase my interest rate by .125%. What’s shady about this is that I only found out about it when it was too late to do anything about it. At no time during the application process did I ask for any kind of special rate or deal that would be tied to me having a ton of money in the bank. The only reason I had a lot of money in the bank to begin with was because I was saving up for a house, not because I’m some guy who just has a ton of money to keep in an account that makes almost no interest.

Extremely unhappy doesn’t begin to describe how I feel about what the mortgage rep pulled on me. He claims he’s going to do everything he can to get that straightened out and to remove the contingency. My rate going up .125% would raise my monthly payment around $10 and while $10 may not be a huge sum of money, it’s the principle that I was misled and every time I would pay that higher rate I would remember it would be because I was lied to. If that’s what ends up happening I will have no problem telling anyone and everyone I know never to use my lender or my mortgage rep. That said, if he can get it squared away I’ll feel better about the deal, but I’ll still tell everyone who is applying for any mortgage to learn from my apparent mistake. Read everything multiple times, ask way more questions than you planned to and if something sounds fishy, get clarification immediately.


Today I met with the repair person recommended by my Realtor to get the asbestos covering on the HVAC lines removed. Unfortunately the asbestos wrap was cooked on to the pipes over time and it was determined that the best and easiest way to remediate the situation would be to rip out the pipes that had asbestos on them and replace them. It is more work than the contractor initially thought, but in the end it will be fixed properly and I’ll have new pipes with insulation on them that’s a higher R value than the old wrap. That should mean cooler AC and warmer heat. In order to help out the contractor (and hopefully keep my bill lower) I asked what I could do to make things easier for him. Since he was working in the crawl space on removing pipes he said that I could take out a section of the wall in the laundry room, so less than 24 hours from buying my house I was already smashing a huge hole in a wall with a hammer.

The work that the contractor performed so far has been good, and he was very nice and he’s explained everything thoroughly. Unfortunately since the job was bigger than he anticipated he wasn’t able to complete the work today, and with other work already scheduled he won’t be able to get back until Thursday. The good news is that the house isn’t an awful mess, but I won’t be able to use the heat or air conditioning until he puts everything back together.

After the contractor left I put together a shopping list and somehow managed to spend another $500+ dollars at Home Depot and Lowe’s, all on things that you’ll never pay any attention to. While that’s a bit depressing the money spent will mean that the house is safer and in the long run that’s never a bad thing. I have found that a lot of the things I’d like to do are going to have to wait, because as much as some people may want to tell me otherwise, they aren’t an emergency and therefore do not warrant me tapping into my Emergency Fund. Ugly carpet may be something I dislike, but it’s not an emergency to replace it.

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