Getting ready to buy property isn’t as simple and straightforward as buying groceries. For starters, it’s typically not purchased regularly. Because of this, there are many complexities and questions that arise.
When invest in Florida land sales, you’re investing your money, time and future. All of these are very important. To help save you from stress and frustration, we’ve compiled some helpful hints for how to research land for sale before you buy.
Questions To Ask Yourself
There are several questions someone must consider before they buy. These should include:
- Where do I want my property to be?
- What purpose do I want this property to serve?
- How much am I willing to spend?
- What qualities do I want?
By compiling a list of your expectations or desires, you will be able to focus on what the important factors are to you. This will assist you significantly as you create a good, short list of potential properties.
If You Want to Build On Your Property
If your goal is to build a house on the newly-purchased vacant lot, there are a few things to consider when conducting your research. Most importantly, what is the zoning code for this property? County offices record all properties, and every county differs in zoning restrictions related to FL land. Some counties have strict size rules, only allowing construction of a building if the property is of certain acreage. Other times, you might be able to build a single-family dwelling, but not a commercial building, or vice versa.
Installing Power, Water and Sewage
Not every property has direct access to power lines. There are off-the-grid properties that might be too far away to set up water and sewage, preventing you from either building or living on the property.
Counties Are Your Friend
As you research lots you will find that the county the property is located in will be your best bet for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the Florida lot for sale. There are many different offices within the county. For questions pertaining to building or making any improvements to your land, the best department to contact is Planning and Zoning. For general questions about the property (i.e. its history of owners, who currently holds title to it, etc.) the Recorder’s office will be your best bet. Lastly, questions about property taxes can be answered by the Tax Assessor’s office.
If you have general regarding land, contact an expert member of the Gratia Group land team at (239) 333-2221. We love to share our vast knowledge of the Florida land market and are a great resource for beginner investors looking to break into the Florida land scene!