Ok, I'll try to make this as short as possible, but with as much detail as I can... Former Step-mother (as of last week) realized she doesn't need a house that she has up north as much as money. She gave me first dibs on it before putting it out on the market. No one has lived there in MANY years and it looks like it. It's just less then 3 acres about a half mile down a dirt road. When they moved out, there was a septic, well, house with basement. The basement use to be the whole house, but then my dad built the upstairs on it. From the looks of it, the house part may have to be torn down. I'm sure the well is still good and the septic should be ok. If I were to just redo the basement for now, is it possible to get a loan to redo the top? I don't know if they finance just basement houses. I think I'll be able to pay for the property and redo the basement and then thought about just working on the upstairs one check at a time....but I don't think DW had a good response to the house to begin with, and not sure yet how she'll react to living in the basement until the house is done. I see it as a house easy to cool/heat and she sees it as a BASEMENT I'm putting this out there for ANY and ALL ideas or comments.