Hi, friends! It’s been way, way too long, and I apologize for that (especially to our new followers — thanks for subscribing even though I’ve been MIA for a while).
It has been quite the roller coaster for us these past few weeks. I’ll try to be concise, but know that this has all been happening over the last month, so imagine the following, but drawn out to a point where you want to tear your own hair out — that’s pretty much where I’m at, mentally.
I mentioned in my last post about the low appraisal — apparently this is one of the top reasons that new-home sales fall through, and I truly did not know how much trouble it would cause. Because ours was so astoundingly low, we were encouraged by the builder to seek alternate financing when our original lender decided not to order a second appraisal.
During our discussions with the new lender, it was made very clear that they did not believe there was any way that the house would appraise for the full asking price. Based on our original purchase agreement, a low appraisal is acceptable grounds for the seller to walk away from the home without losing any of the down payment money. Because the builder was very adamant about not lowering the purchase price, that’s exactly what we decided to do — walk away from the house that we’d been dreaming of for the past eight months. It was pretty torturous, but it would have been impossible for us to come up with the cash to make up the difference between the appraised price and the asking price.
When we originally asked for our contract to be dissolved on the basis of the low appraisal, the builder was very adamant that it was our fault because we couldn’t get financed through a different lender (in actuality, the lender agreed that the first appraisal was sufficient, and wouldn’t be able to finance us on those grounds). There was a lot of back and forth, and in all honesty, both Troy and I were appalled by the way we were treated by Allen Edwin during these conversations. I’m a big proponent of professionalism in any business transaction, and the lack of it in this situation was one of the reasons we were fully ready to terminate our contract with them. Lawyers were involved, it was a mess.
While this was all happening, unbeknownst to us, our original lender was still working to get this deal to go through. They were working out a way for the first appraisal to be thrown out (originally we were told this wasn’t possible) and get a second one ordered. This all happened on the day that we were ready to mail the contract termination papers to Allen Edwin. Since we still desperately want to get this house, we held off terminating the contract and have agreed to a second appraisal. The builder is still very firm on the purchase price, but by doing the second appraisal, they have absolutely no grounds for holding us at fault if we do end up choosing to walk away. This means we would get back much (but definitely not all) of the money we’ve already paid toward obtaining this house.
So now we are waiting on a second appraisal to be ordered. I will admit I’m a little concerned about overpaying for this house — I continue to have that lender’s voice in my head telling me it’s not worth the price — but I have to believe that the second appraisal will tell us once and for all whether that is the case or not.
One other quick piece of the story is that, when we thought we were terminating our contract and walking away from the house, we actually went out and looked at some other houses on the market. I quickly fell in love with a home just a few minutes away from our original house. While no one can guarantee it will still be available by the time we’d be ready to put in an offer, Troy and I both agree that it would be a great “plan B” if the appraisal comes in low (again) and we have to walk away (again).
I apologize for the word-heavy post and the lack of photos, but since there is a very real possibility that we may not ever live in the house I’ve been blogging about for months, we’ve had to try and not become any more emotionally attached. This means not being present during the “fun” part of this process when all of our finishes are being installed — this in and of itself is heartbreaking, especially because I can’t share any of that with you guys! But no matter what happens, we’ll eventually have a beautiful new home to reveal — as for which house it will be, your guess is as good as mine!