Good People Helped With Home Purchase, Renovation



I recently purchased a home here and would like to describe this experience. I moved here from the Valley about two and a half years ago. After renting a home, I started looking to purchase. I found a home that fit into my budget, but that came with several structural problems. So I embarked on the adventure called a 203K Renovation Loan. We started in September and finally closed in December on the loan, after many engineering, HUD and FHA inspections. Then the renovation work began.

I worked with local Payson people to put this deal together and complete the renovations. This has been a marvelous experience, with people who were hard working, honest and fast, and I would like to thank them.

Thanks to Anthony and Diane Anderson of Affordable Hometown Plumbing LLC. The whole house had to be replumbed and have the drains fixed. Anthony and his crew started the day after I closed and completed the job in three days so I could move in quickly. The HUD inspector said it was the most “beautiful” plumbing job he’s ever seen.

Thanks to Ron Mclean, John Covelli and their crew at CovMac, LLC. They renovated a bathroom, demolished and rebuilt a back porch, and reinforced an enclosed porch and built new front steps. The previous owner had tied the enclosed porch, which runs the length of the home, into the roof of the manufactured home. CovMac finished this job the week before the big January storm, if they hadn’t been so swift and efficient, I might be one of those who saw their roof collapse. Thanks to Dave Galpin and his crew at professional Setters for a great job fixing the foundation issues to meet the FHA standards. Thanks to Doc Morris, George Barrus their crew at Poor Boys Remodeling for getting the pellet stove installed quickly, and the good advice on where to place it. And a very big thanks to my Realtors, Gary Cordell and Liz Alexander at Realty Executives. Wells Fargo Mortgage, who handled the loan, said they had never seen a Realtor work so hard to get a deal done as Gary did. And thanks to Liz who stayed on top of the seller, also a bank that owned this foreclosed-on property. This was a realty company that truly worked for me.

Also thanks to Brian Boers of Atomic Termite in Pine. Tim Goeringer of Orkin in Camp Verde, Rhett Havick, my HUD inspector from Prescott, Tina Clark, my Wells Fargo renovation agent and Joe Postma at Equity Title.

This was a long, complicated, frustrating process. I thank God every day for the people that worked so hard for me. I count them as my neighbors — three of them live on the same street as I do — and I count them as my friends. I cannot give a higher testimonial to working with the people in Payson than this letter of thanks.

Susan Starr


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