When I purchased this house it was 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom with no electric, plumbing, HVAC, kitchen, and boarded up windows and doors. Completely inhabitable. Fifth Third Bank told me then it had no value. Two years later I have 3 bedrooms, 1 completed bathroom, 1 partially finished bathroom (only tile in the shower stops it from being complete), 200 amp electric service, a plumbing system that amazes everyone that sees the manifold system in the basement, HVAC, a kitchen, and all new windows and doors. I now live in it and they list this reason for turning down my equity loan: “Your application was reviewed by a Fifth Third Bank Specialist……Property is currently undergoing repairs/construction, Value or type of collateral not sufficient”. Isn’t an equity line of credit for home repairs.
Unbelievable and yet very believable given Fifth Third Bank in 2015 had to pay out $18 million to settle allegations it discriminated against Black and Hispanic consumers. An investigation by the Department of Justice showed Fifth Third’s qualified minority borrowers paid more than white borrowers due to discriminatory practices, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. I guess instead of charging more they’ve gone to not working with at all.
This journey has been a roller coaster ride, but this is a new low of lows. Phase 2, the garage and exterior painting is contingent upon getting access to the equity I thought I had created. I’ve got a plumbing inspector breathing down my back, so I’ve been loosing sleep trying to get the master bath shower complete not realizing that an unfinished shower would be viewed so negatively by Fifth Third.
My main man Tom Milfeld agreed to work with me on Tuesday and Wednesday, but I was so tied up with client work that I couldn’t lend a hand other than moving the wet saw up from the basement and setting it up in master bath to save him (and me) from two flights of stairs. He got the cove base tile in around the tub area. I should not have wasted his talent on that simple task, but he was also able to get all the intricate cuts around all but two of the shower heads (7 total – no value in that).
This evening I finished that wall. Not to shabby. Progress is slower than I expected given the larger sized tile (4×16). Goal is to have it finished by end of weekend; at least the tile, but hopefully the grout too. I actually may grout this section tomorrow to break up the grouting into smaller bites. Love laying tile, grouting, not so much.