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We would like to build a house and are thinking of either buying a fixer-upper house on the Westside or...

Asked by William, 90034 Sun Apr 5, 2009

We would like to build a house and are thinking of either buying a fixer-upper house on the Westside (hopefully in a good neighborhood) and bulldoze it or buying a land somewhere north of Westside, which is mostly mountainous and sloped. Most fixer-uppers we saw are in the $400K range or less. A couple of the lot we saw are around $100K or less. Considering the cost of building in a sloped area, would it still be worth going this route?

Also, are there agents that specialized in this, I am going in blind and I need someone who is experienced.

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Hello William:

There are a number of factors to be considered when you want to build your own house. These must be fully understood BEFORE you buy a fixer or vacant land for your project. You do not want to own a lot and then discover that you cannot build your dream house (or the way you want it constructed) because of restrictions due to say slope density, legal access, easements, soil, geology, hydrology including drainage, building codes, seismic protections, etc. The list is long and each and every aspect must be dealt with before committing to a property and the venture itself.

It does not mean that one should shy away from constructing one's house. Contact me and we can discuss how to proceed.

Bob Khalsa
Broker Owner
United America Realty
bobfoxbat@gmail.com
213-926-5847
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