Serious Meeting and News at the HFIM House!


(In mid October, the HFIM house owners met with Lara to discuss selling the HFIM house to BMR Ltd. This is just a little bit about the meeting and discussion.)


Ryan: Well, it's no secret this has been a rough two years for the HFIM house. We, here are the principal share holders responsible for the debt incurred to repair, remodel and run this house. With so many others with restricted incomes during the pandemic, our pool of monies to do maintenance and upgrading of the property were greatly reduced. We have dipped into remodeling funds to meet everyday running costs of the house.


Richelle: The remodeling budget has been exhausted because of the roof repairs, replacement of windows and walls on the third floor in the guys bedroom, multiple AC repairs and the pipe issues in the basement apartments. 


Barbie: The original plan of living together to invest in this property in order to  increase it's value has reached a crucial point. Our building fund being diminished,  we can't move forward with anymore remodeling or major repairs. This is Lara Roberts from BMR, Ltd. with an interesting proposal for all us.


Hi, everyone. First I'm project manager for BMR, Ltd. We own and manage multiple properties here on the north side of Chicago. We have a successful track record of turning properties around and increasing their value. 

The definite upside is this neighborhood has increased in value since you purchased this property in 2017, by 42%. Yes, that much. The downside is, much needs to be done for this property to be ready for market. 

BMR proposes to purchase the property as is, pending successful city permits to upgrade the house for maximum profit for this neighborhood. This would mean you could choose to live here during the rest of the construction under your original rental agreements, but you would no longer be responsible for repairs or debt incurred for the property. Upon completion the property would be sold by BMR.  


Barbie: Each of us would receive our percentage of the ownership of the house after all the loans are paid. Rent would be a flat fee for cost of living here, and of course your food. We would also each get a very nice check depending our our individual investment.


Lara: Projected timeline would be after the first of the year, 2022. One section of the house would be worked on at a time. Disruption would actually be limited, to smaller areas of the house, since much of the work can be zoned. The first area would be the kitchen and this room. 


Patrick: Wow, how do we know how much we would each receive, and how long is the projected total remodeling time? 


Ryan: The proposed schedule I have here shows completion by late next summer, 2022.  I will have to work up all the outstanding bills and loans, and each of your investments to calculate a ballpark for checks.


Richelle: Assuming there will be no supply issues. It can go crazy if something is not available for construction. BMR has great resources, and they are flexible. I think the timeline is doable. We've already done all the hard work, except replace the furnace/AC, and electrical on this floor.


Rory: (whispers) We could get married! 

Nemo: Um......sure...maybe...uh....!


Mulan: Will we still be required to help with  the construction  projects?

Lara: No, as everything would be done by our union contractors. If you are interested in this as a possibility, may  I have a show of hands of those of you who would possibly be willing to sell their interest in the HFIM house?


(Show of hands was quite positive.)


Lara: Well that is great. We will research some comps on other properties in the area to evaluate a fair price. Ryan will analyze each of your investments, and we will work up a possible offer in the next few weeks. Preliminary okay with the city will be needed to adjust the zoning and bringing the house as it is to code with our plans. 
As it stands now---the house has too many unrelated individuals in the existing square footage.

(Upstairs, Great Auntie Barbie visits with Chelsea, and explains to her what is going on downstairs.)


Chelsea: If we sell, we'd move and I could have my own room without a bunch of adults everywhere???

Auntie Barb: Well, yes, I guess that is one way to look at it. Perhaps we could find a place together. I need to have an house or a condo here in the city now, since I spend so much time here.

Chelsea: Just you  and my sister right? 


Auntie Barb: Well, you never know---someone might get married? 

Chelsea: Hmmm, well it won't be me.

Auntie Barb: (laughing) It won't be me either!


Ian: What all is going on anyway? 

Jamie: Seems they might sell the house. 

Stuart: Oh, man---I just finally got a good job. Anyone want to room with me--somewhere? 

Ian: Sounds like it will be at least a year and that we can still stay.

Jamie: Phew, that's good, I need to finish my last semester still.

Ian: Yes, this has been a pretty good deal, I wonder if I have much in the investment fund? 


Ian: (I get plenty of work now, and I signed a contract for two videos with GerSound Productions). I guess, we have to save our money and hunker down here for as long as we can. Sure Stuart, I'll room anywhere with you. You too, Jamie.

Jamie: I can always bunk at my aunt and uncles. This is just so close to the bakery, but then I want to start my own business.


Sindy: Your own business, Jamie?  


Jamie: Well, it will be awhile, Sindy. A long while, I have to finish paying for school.

Sindy: Jamie, when an opportunity presents itself you have to grab it. And you are so talented, just don't open a bakery. (LOL). At least not close by!

(Later on after most have left)


Lara: I should be able to work up a comprehensive sales list by next week. I just know properties are going HIGH right now. I'm glad everyone is open to selling.


Ryan: Communal living is great, until you want to live your own lives. Richelle and I have lost three bids on properties, because the market is so hot. If we got our investment out of here, we would have a larger field of places to choose from.


(Outside the puppies and kitties don't care they may be moving, long as they have kibble and a nice comfy place to nap! )

The big question is... where do they all find Affordable Housing and who would move into such a big house, or maybe two houses? 

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  1. Sounds like some big changes might be coming to their world! The grandfather clock is spectacular, and I love the little extra light from the twinkle lights:@)

    1. My way of forcing a deadline to start the repairs and finishes and wire the darn thing. Thanks for stopping by! Sandi

  2. Haha, what a very serious doll meeting! ;)


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