so now it turns out there might not be termites at the house at all. the tunnels that the inspector saw might be left over from when there were termites there back in the 70s (the sellers had the house treated back then - we knew about this, it was in the disclosure). that would leave the porch as the only large problem, and the sellers are willing to get that fixed. so if this is all true, we can still buy the house.
I am just so frustrated by this whole business. I really need to know what is going on so that I can give our landlady a month's notice by September 30. that's, like, a week away. we really need to get a move on, here.