How to View a Potential Land Parcel Online

Locating that perfect piece of property is an ‘ah ha’ moment.  Perhaps you are seeking the perfect lot to add to your land portfolio or maybe you’re looking for a home site to build your dream home, but you know the moment that you find it.  Nowadays, many searches for potential land to buy are done totally on the internet.  You find that perfect piece of land, but how do you actually get to view it before you sign on the dotted line?

Many people are familiar with the process of buying existing homes online.  You search for your perfect home, narrow down your selections to view and contact a real estate agent to set up times to view the homes in person.  With land the process, can seem a bit untraditional, but is completely plausible that you can locate, research and view the perfect land lot totally on the Web!

#1 Photos:  If you aren’t able to view your property in person, the next best thing is a photo.  Either a photo of the general area or the actual property should give you a basic idea of the lay of the land and any potential issues you could run into if you were to purchase the property.

#2 Satellite Maps/Google Earth:  This tool is almost more of a toy if you are a map “nerd”.  All you need is access to the internet and the address or coordinates of the property.  Satellite maps are a great way to see what the property’s terrain looks like, what kind of roads are in the area, where a property is located in relation to nearby towns, amenities, and recreation and what kind of development surrounds the property.

#3 Street View/Google Maps:  Google Maps street view is an easy to use tool that will give you a ground view level of your potential property.  Keep in mind that street view is more accessible in highly developed areas.  In rural areas, use street view to get an idea of how the general area looks.

#4 Parcel Map:  These are generally the types of maps you see when you view a property in the Gratia Group catalog.  A parcel map won’t give you a great idea of what an actual property looks like, it can help you determine how your property compares to others situated sound it.   Parcel Maps can provide you with information about planned roads for the area, property location in relation to surrounding properties, dimensions and legal description.

To learn more about viewing land for sale online contact an expert member of the Gratia Group sales team at (239) 333-2221.




Gratia Group Featured Lot Package of the Week: Something for Everyone

All investors will find a lot this week with the Gratia Group Featured Lots of the Week, as we offer something for everyone, with two featured lots at separate price points!  These lots do not need to be sold together and appeal to both the deal seeker and those looking for a dream lot.

The first Featured Lot of the Week is our budget friendly choice and is being listed at $12,500.  Located at 1008 NE 34th Terrace in Cape Coral, this dry lot is located in the rural NE Cape.  Enjoy the scenic, natural beauty of the NE Cape, while still being only minutes from major roadways, shopping, schools and parks.

Our second Featured Lot of the Week is a great place to build your dream home!  Located at 601 SW 40th Terrace in Cape Coral, this lot is listed for $59,900 and features highly desirable Gulf access.  SW Cape Coral lots are becoming scarce as the area is close to downtown, beaches and Ft. Myers.  Situated on a canal, this gulf access lot will sell quickly!

To learn more about either of the Gratia Group Featured Lots of the Week, contact an expert member of the Gratia Group Sales Team at (239) 333-2221.

Collier and Lee Counties See Continue Uptrend in Property Values

The property value upswing continues.  Both Lee and Collier counties are reporting expected boosts to property values in almost all areas of the counties, according to numbers released Friday.

And both had increases in nearly every area — cities, unincorporated areas and fire districts — for the first time since the recession. Only one fire district in Collier experienced a decline.

For the second year in a row, Lee County had its property values increase after several recession-era years of decreases.

Across the county, property values for 2014 are estimated to increase 5.48 percent from last year’s final appraisals.

That translates to an increase of about $2.99 billion, from about $54.6 billion in 2013 to $57.6 billion estimated for 2014.

Collier County’s property values increased by 6 percent in 2014, up by $3.7 billion to $64.3 billion from $60.7 billion, according to the Collier Property Appraiser’s Office.

The increase represents the largest annual jump since before the recession and continues an upward trend for the counties.

It’s a very good sign. There are a lot of investors and people coming in and buying, and they’re using their own money, not the banks.

And these numbers could still change for the better. Last year, Naples’ estimated 4 percent turned into a 7 percent final increase, and this year that if numbers change at all, it should be for the positive.

To buy land or real estate in Lee and Collier Counties and take advantage of the great upswing in property values, contact a member of the Gratia Group Team at (239) 333-2221.


Two Great NE Cape Lots: The Gratia Group Lot Package of the Week

NW14Gratia Group is proud to present a newly listed Featured Lot Package of the Week.  The Featured Package is a wonderful opportunity for investors looking to cash in on a piece of the lucrative NW Cape Coral real estate market.  The two lots are located at:

825 NE 23RD ST CAPE CORAL FL 33909
1708 NE 14TH ST CAPE CORAL FL 33909


Listed at $10,800 & $11,200 respectively, these lots must sell together.  NW Cape Coral freshwater canal lots are hard to come by, so these lots are expected to close quickly.

Come invest in one of the hottest areas of Florida, Lee County.  The region is best known for world-class fishing, beaches and a warm sunny tropical lifestyle.  Cape Coral is a large family oriented community just minutes away from Fort Myers that offers beautiful parks and a wonderful school system.

To learn more about the Gratia Group Featured Lot of the Week contact a member of the Gratia Group Land Sales Team at (239) 333-2221.


Land Survey 101 for Land Owners and Buyers

Land SurveyLand survey, while not a requirement of buying Florida land, is a smart move if you choose to develop your land in the future.  You can still use, own and enjoy the land without a survey, but many first time land buyers choose to have a land or lot parcel surveyed for a variety of reasons.

First, let’s start with a definition as many land owners are unfamiliar with land surveys.  A land survey is performed by a land survey professional.  During a land survey, the surveyor will mark the physical boundaries of your land parcel and then later record the results with the county land records division.

There are certain times in land ownership when a survey will be needed or required.  These instances can include:

1)   When you want to develop your land and take a construction loan out to do so.

2)  If you choose to fence off a portion or all of your land and exact boundaries may be in question.

3)  prior to installing a driveway or creating or reevaluating an existing land easement

Price for land surveys vary by a variety of circumstances including:

  • Shape and size of your property
  • The state/county/city where your property is located
  • If a prior survey had been completed and markers are still present
  • Location of the property: how close to the survey office, how far off paved roads, etc.
  • Type of terrain and vegetation on your land parcel
  • Time of Year

To learn more about land surveys and purchasing lots and land for sale, contact an expert member of the Gratia Group Land Sales Team at (239) 333-2221.