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Anna, Home Buyer in Scottsdale, AZ

I'm looking for a 1 acre lot in Cave Creek, AZ area. What are the facts that I need to find about the lots,?

Asked by Anna, Scottsdale, AZ Fri Jul 18, 2008

What are the questions that I need to ask.

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Land purchase is the most involved real estate purchase. You need to research pretty much everything that can effect the future use of the lot. Initially you need to get a survey done, or from the seller, a topographic survey can also be of interest depending on the lot. If it is hillside, or looks like it might have some elevation issues, I would definitely recommend one. Is there water on the property? If so is it city water, private well, shared well, hauled water? In addition a soils test to test for expansive soils as well as percolation if the lot will be on septic, which in Cave Creek is very likely. You need to check for any floodissues on the property. You will also have to make sure if you are building on the lot, that the lot will suit your home and have room for a well site, septic and leachfield, building envelope and whatever else you might want on your lot. In addition you may also want to check with the planning and development department for any restrictions on the lot such as setbacks, building restrictions, zoning requirements etc. Check CCR's and recorded easements on the property. A few other things to looks into as well are: toxic waste, fissures, unrecorded easements, future plans for neighboring lots.....

Good luck in your search!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 18, 2008
You need someone who knows the area and can answer your questions.
I have sent many buyers to Martha Arnold at Sotheby's and have had no complaints.
She lives in Cave Creek, knows the little things that agents from outside the area have no idea about, and she's very easy to deal with.
Getting a recommendation from another Realtor is a big plus for you and Martha is A+.
Her number is 480.244.6544.
You'll love her! Tell her Art sent you!
Good luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 10, 2010
we wanted a lot to park a 5th wheel trailer on
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 22, 2009
Anna, I suggest you get with someone who knows the area, has land certification (CLSS) designation, is an experienced agent - and define what you want to do with the land, privacy?, horses?, etc........great builders now are available at reasonable builging costs..........but honestly, you may be able to get the land and a house for much less than if you build yourself! lots of deals out there!

John Lynch PLC, abr,crs,sres,cdpe,clss.................480-236-9470
RE/MAX Fine Properties...........................licensed since 1992; own homes in cave Creek, carefree, and Scottsdale
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 19, 2009
The most important fact and question you need to know and/or ask - that nobody has mentioned - is "What is the appraised value of the land/lot". By knowing the appraised value, from an independant third party Real Estate Appraiser, you can determine if the selling/buying price listed or quoted by a sales person is too high or too low.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 23, 2009
Anna - If you are still looking my new listing has .82 acre lot with home in place. Look up 34411 Wilderness Trl for $349,900.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 23, 2009
Off the top of my head:

Is there an HOA?
Are there building restrictions?
Are there parking restrictions?
Is it on city water or is there a well?
City sewer or septic?
Is there a survey, marking the lot boundaries?
Does the lot have a clear title?
Does the lot have any right-of-way provisions for a neighboring lot?
Are there natural and open space requirements from the city?
How much is the lot?
Is the seller offering financing?

Best of luck with your lot purchase.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 21, 2008
You need to confirm what the utilities are provided for the lot
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 18, 2008
Anna, I would recommend a local real estate agent to help you with your purchase. Remember it costs you nothing to use an expert as a buyers agent. What do you have to lose? If you would like me to make a referal just contact me and I will be happy to help. Good luck Cave Creek is a very nice area.
Vera Wallace
Long Realty
Marana AZ
520 918-5730
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