They ran her in circles and circles until the seller told her, through the real estate agent, that the deal was over if she didn’t find another solution. Luckily, the seller’s real estate agent referred her to another lender and was able to help her to obtain another loan (although at higher interest) much more quickly. In another case, Ron and Jenna were planning on upgrading to their second new home. After a long search, they found it — or so they thought. A super bright and colorful kitchen, open living and dining areas, three bathrooms, high ceilings, a fireplace, and even a covered porch made the home seem perfect. They were especially thrilled that the price was only $235,000. That was a steal. They signed the contract and were in the house a little more than a month later. Less than six months later, the horror story began to unfold. Jenna was cleaning one of the bathrooms when she noticed tiny little ants with wings. Following Ron’s advice, she called the exterminator. When he arrived, he delivered the first blow — these winged ants were termites . The exterminator went under the house to assess the damage. He found that not only was the floor under the bathroom completely infested, but also the other two bathrooms, and the infestation was spreading to more of the house. The grand total to repair this problem came to over $12,000! That’s an unbelievable amount of money to unexpectedly invest in a house you’ve only lived in for less than six months. How was that even possible? The key lesson here is to really know the house that you’re buying. You should always hire an exterminator on your own to investigate the house, particularly for termites. If you’re going to make such a huge investment in a new home, the small price of precaution is worth it.
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