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Mike in Ohio B Asked:

I am in the process of buying a house from someone who started to gut and remodel. The kitchen cabinets and sink have been removed and the main bathroom has been gutted. The owner bought from the bank and was just going to fix up and sell. I want to buy before he fixes up so I can save money and repair as needed. The loan officer I spoke to told me that the kitchen and bathroom have to be in working condition and the house has to be liveable before I could get a loan. I would be buying the house as-is. Is there any truth that these would have to be fixed before I could get a loan? And I would be living at home until the bathroom and kitchen would be remodeled. Can you give me some direction or if I should choose another lender? [Cleveland OH]

01/13/2009

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