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Mon Mar 20, 2017
Mary answered:

I have emailed you regarding this concern.

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Fri Feb 20, 2015
James Simon answered:
Glycol system maintenance can be tricky to do on your own. I wish that there were some good tips available for those who wanted to, but it's mostly considered a professional's job. I've never been one to hire someone out for something I can just as easily do myself, but this might be the exception. There are forces that I just don't understand at play in this one.
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Sun Aug 3, 2014
Your post was a bit confusing, let me know if this is accurate:

I'm thinking the most likely scenario is that you're doing new construction financing on an existing property that you're building a home on (vacant land or a tear-down?). I'm curious as to whether or not the property currently has a mortgage no it. Why you'd quit claim the property to the bulider I have no idea. A builder I work with puts a mechanics lien on the property for the amount of the construction loan (assuming the appraiser verifies it will appraise out). If you were to transfer the deed to the builder then do a rate/term refinance when you funded, you would not be the current owner and you wouldn't be able to close. If you quit claimed it back to you, you would then have a title seasoning issue.

My best advice is to call me and explain in more detail what's going on here. I do a lot of Renovation and Construction-Perm (or New Construction) financing. If I can't help, I'll set you on the right path, at the very least.

P.S. What a small world! I just noticed you're from Kenai. I lived in Soldotna for a year when I was growing up. I lived in Big Lake and Wasilla most of my life until I graduated and moved to Chicago for college. I was just up there last summer (Wasilla).
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Wed Jul 31, 2013
Jacob Payne answered:
Building costs vary, working out to an average of $100 a square foot. if you just want the structure done, it can usually be done for $60-$80 a square foot.
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Sun Jul 19, 2009
Beth Fread answered:
The best person to ask would be a Mortgage Broker or an Appraiser whom you know. If not personally, check with your friends and family - someone probably knows somebody.

There are many properties in Alaska where there are existing structures that are just that - structures which must be dealt with. I would suggest that since the structure is no longer being used as a living space, you convert it to what it is - a storage space, or remove it. One way to remove it, is to sell it (it is modular) for the cost of removal.

I can put you in contact with a reasonable building mover who may or may not be interested in this project.
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