The house hadn't been lived in since 2006 when a church group sold it to the developer. Just before the church sold it to the developer, the caretakers of the house began a kitchen renovation and the entire kitchen was gutted down to the studs.
The developer replaced the roof, cleared the insides of carpeting (and who knows what else) and gutted a non-legal 2 bedroom apartment in the basement. They also replaced the foundation, which was a much needed and monumental task.
The banks considered the house to be "not livable" because there wasn't a working kitchen. It required some creativity and a construction loan to make everyone happy and secure financing. That being said, we lucked out being able to put together kitchen plans and find a contractor in a matter of days to make the house ours.