An appraisal fee is not refundable. However since you paid for the appraisal, it belongs to you so make sure you get a copy. It will show the homes the appraiser used as comparables along with information about your home. Check to be certain the info is accurate. People are human and sometimes mistakes are made (e.g. you have a pool AND a spa, but only the pool is shown).
I see you asked this question back in September, but I do want to bring something to your attention...
You stated that the properties have been in your family for generations. If you own these properties free & clear, then you should be able to finance up to 10 properties. The key word here is "financed" - so if you own more than 10 properties, but only 5 are financed, you have room for 5 more financed properties.
Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any further questions, I'd be glad to help.
All the best,
Roswell Moore, CMPS
Certified Mortgage Planner
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I guess, if my talking to a bank and giving them information and my credit card number constitutes asking them permission to charge me for appraisal and credit report (and apparently they've ordered those already) and run an application for me absent any signatures on my part (and there's no way to get that money back) I might as well let them continue and come up with a commitment letter and see the exact terms?
Except...I was told by a friend that one bank, if it sees another bank working with you, will pull their commitment? Her son had actually worked with the same exact banks A and B that I am working with, and Bank A had rescinded/backed out of their commitment letter when they found out he had also applied to Bank B? So she cautioned me against doing anything with Bank B if I think Bank A will come through....
As for the GFEs, bank B had estimated transfer taxes that was more than twice the other. No descriptors, except that the loan officer told me today that that # apparently included state taxes? Isn't there a standardized method of what's included that banks should be using, especially for an item like transfer taxes?... more