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Government Shutdown Affects Home Loans

Warren Distler planned to move out of his apartment and into a home on the west side of Evansville. But because of the shutdown, the IRS could not provide the necessary documents to approve his home loan.

He wanted to buy a house, but then the government shutdown came, and caused big problems for an Evansville man. Warren Distler planned to move out of his apartment and into a home on the west side. But because of the government shutdown the IRS could not provide the necessary documents to approve his home loan, leaving him without a place to stay. But an act of good faith allowed Distler to avoid falling through the cracks.

"I'm kind of a squatter," said Distler.

Distler was set to move into the home this week, until his bank called him Monday morning.

"We may have a problem here," Distler recalled the conversation.

The problem was the government shutdown.

"I've been watching the news and following it and I'm thinking the government shutdown that's not going to affect me," said Distler. But it has affected him. "My mortgage closing has been put off indefinitely."

Distler says he was waiting on one document from the IRS before his home loan could be approved. "It didn't arrive. It's sitting on somebody's desk and then of course the government shutdown." Leaving Distler in limbo. New tenants are moving into his old apartment Monday and he can't move into his new home. "So I would've been homeless or something like that."

But the previous home owner wouldn't allow that to happen. "But I was lucky because the home owner allowed me to take early possession of the house." Saving him from a potential nightmare, Distler was able to move into his new home today. "I want to thank the previous home owners for allowing me to do this."

Common ground may be hard to reach for politicians in Washington, but luckily it's not hard to find in Evansville.

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