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You also asked about the wisdom of building custom versus buying in a development from an established plan. Custom building is usually more expensive than buying in an established development. Builders have an established process and efficiency during development that's hard to beat. I have seen some people do well when they are their own general contractor using a building consultant, but this becomes a second job and you earn all that you save.
If you have the time, patience and a project managerâ€™s mind, it's worth exploring.
The process is frankly too involved to completely address here. You are going to need an experienced agent to assist you to find the right lot, negotiate the deal, recommend some builders and assist you with some of the options you have to maximize your opportunity.
As I wrote in a previous question, the process can take 1-3 years depending on all that's involved. I've worked with others and seen several failed attempts. If you are new to this, get some knowledgeable help to be successful.
The lot should have a current survey to properly footprint the home to include the location of utilities. You will need an architect to design and engineer the home for construction. The building permit is obtained through the local municipality. The only other agency that may be involved would be the health department if a septic system is required. Other than that, it is a very straightforward process. Feel free to call me with questions. Jim Merritt 206-660-1400.