My name is Chris Courtney and I am local to Eugene for 20 years, State Certified Residential Appraiser for 15 years, and principal broker-owner to HouseNow.com. You can search for bare land or residential properties at :
We use google mapping so you can see what is where.
I can certainly help you identify bare land or nominally improved, residential properties where you can capitalize on existing well, septic, road, power, and plan to replace an existing, nominal residence such as an older year built home or manufactured home. This is good inventory to consider in that we may identify a residence with location and site appeal that would otherwise not exist. Sometimes, if condition warrants, you can finance these property types conventionally then go for a construction loan to build the dream house. Otherwise, a vacant land purchase will require at minimum, typically, 20% down and a higher rate of interest versus a conventional loan for residential purchase. We may even be able to identify a residential property where the site can be split upon which your financial leverage into construction is significantly increased. There are many ways to approach the search for bare land to build on, so I invite you to tap my resources. I specialize in Lane County and know it too well.
As for soil testing, load bearing tests, etc....that's the job of an engineer as Dirk indicated and it's all part of the permit process. I know several engineers in Eugene and can arrange for that consult. It is important for us to determine where water will be plentiful, and for example some areas of south Eugene water availability requires the supplementation of a holding tank.
I am available to help. Regards, Chris@HouseNow.com