I found a house that I want to purchase in PA. It is a historic farmhouse built in 1800 and literally needs about 185k of work. There is asbestos, mold, structural issues and a ton of plaster, roofing, and utility issues. That said, it is owned by a bank due to foreclosure. They have owned it for 6 months and the price has dropped about 130k in the past year (the owner tried to sell for about 6 months).
The asking price is 370k but I know I can get the bank to release it for less, the question is how much less and then how do I rehab it on top of a mortgage loan? I cannot sell my current house until the rehab is done so funds are not available to do it that way. I had a brainstorm but do not want to move further into the process unless I can get some feedback first. I may be completely off mark with my idea but it is worth putting it out there to see if it is an option.
I want to finance the property through the bank that owns it for a total of 240k. However, I want 185k of that amount to be a [url=http://www.mortgagefit.com/home-equity.html]home equity loan[/url]. A mortgage of 55k and home equity of 185k is only 65% LTV, the combined payments will be within my qualification and the owning bank still holds both loans for 240k. Can I do this? The bigger question is, do you think the bank will do it?