After finally saving up enough money to use as a down payment, I decided that it was time to hit the market. I met with a lender, got pre-approved for a loan, and then started visiting different properties. However, I quickly realized that I didn't know as much about real estate as I would have hoped. I wanted to find a great neighborhood and know what to ask the professionals, but I could tell that I needed a little help. To point me in the right direction, I started working with a great real estate agent who was familiar with the area. This blog is all about educating the general public on real estate matters.
Buying land in the mountains can feel like a dream come true. You probably can't wait to wake up to the stunning views and fresh mountain air. Maybe you have plans to build a cabin or construct an ATV trail on the property. Regardless of your end goal, it is important to do your research before buying a particular piece of mountain land. Here are some factors to look into.
Can the land be accessed during all seasons?
A lot of roads in rural mountain areas are dirt and stone. They may not be plowed by the local municipality. There might be another homeowner who plows the road, or there may not. It would be disappointing to buy a piece of land, only to learn the road to it is never plowed, so you can't access it in winter. Of course, you could buy a plow and do it yourself, but this is something you'll want to plan for. So, make sure you pay close attention to how the land is accessed and how that access route is maintained before buying a property.
Is there a site where you can build?
Not all mountain property is suitable for building. If the slope is too steep, you may have to level a part of the land in order to put up a structure. This is possible, but it can be prohibitively costly. Other pieces of mountain land may not drain very well, which can also present challenges with the building. So, if you plan on building on the land you're buying, make sure you have a builder look it over beforehand and confirm that you'll be able to build as planned.
Is anyone else using the land?
Especially in some really remote mountain areas, property lines can become blurred over the years. Property owners on either side of the land may start using some of it, either intentionally or unintentionally. This doesn't necessarily mean you can't buy the property. You can, and you can ask the neighbors to stop using it. However, you'll want to know about these situations from the get-go so you're not surprised by having to deal with neighbors on your property. They may not be excited to leave.
Buying mountain property is a unique experience, and having a real estate agent guide you through the process is really important. Ask the right questions, and you'll make wise purchasing decisions. Keep these tips in mind when looking for mountain real estate for sale.Share