[GSBN] Straw Bale Construction Loans
jc10508 at windstream.net
Thu Jul 22 19:45:02 CDT 2010
> Hi Mark,
> Try small state banks not corporate banks, banks outside of Bozeman (in rural
> areas), credit unions. Look for comparables within an area prescribed by the
> banks you¹re talking to. Ask realtors for help, and also real estate
> appraisers as they usually know where various types of houses can be found
> and may be able to help with where the money is, too. If you have any builder
> or contractor friends, talk to them about where the money is, too. Does
> Bozeman have an economic development department within the city or county? Try
> If you know any owners of straw-bale houses or buildings in the area, ask if
> you could give the banker or lender a tour so they can see, feel, and learn
> about the building and hear from an actual owner. The banker is worried about
> resale - so maybe I can help you find some owners in your region who has sold
> their SB. Check the International SB Registry
> (http://sbregistry.greenbuilder.com) - and if you can¹t find any sb homes and
> homeowner or builders who can help if that doesn¹t work, send an email to me
> and I¹ll do a different search for you within the TLS database and records.
> Better check to see if you can find an insurer now, too. If they will insure,
> they may be of help to find a lender, or convince a lender. It¹s all about
> education sometimes.
> Hope there is some bit of help in this for you.
> Joyce Coppinger
> Managing Editor/Publisher
> The Last Straw, the international journal
> of strawbale and natural building
> PO Box 22706, Lincoln NE 68542-2706
> Phone 402.483.5135
> <thelaststraw at thelaststraw.org>
> web site: www.thelaststraw.org
> and our new blog at http://thelaststrawblog.org
> Greetings All,
> I hope this finds everyone in good health.
> I have been in the process of building the first load-bearing straw bale
> inside the city limits of Bozeman, Montana. I have been working with a bank
> for the last year or so and at the last minute pulled out because of straw
> bale. Can anyone recommend lenders for me. I have tried many off TLS site but
> many have stopped or are no longer in business. I have a job, I have down
> payment, I have very good credit, I have experience building straw bale homes.
> That¹s what I do for Red Feather. Any help would be appreciated.
> Happy building!
> Mark Jensen
> Construction Program Director
> Red Feather Development Group
> PO Box 907
> Bozeman, MT 59771-0907
> T: (406)585-7188
> F: (406)585-7187
> markj at redfeather.org www.redfeather.org <http://www.redfeather.org/>
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