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post #1 of 9 Old 11-08-2017, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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Why is house hunting so frustration.

My fiancé and I found what we thought would be the thee perfect house, again! It’s cute, lots of curb appeal, open, old dog-housed cape style, huge front porch, large wrap around deck, 15 minutes from out potential jobs, the school district is the best one in the area...

It also has no neighbors! It’s basically surrounded by a corn field! This is one of the big reasons we love this place. When we expressed our interest in the property or agent started thoroughly researching it. Turns out the land that surrounds it is own by one of the big developers in the area! Ugh!

Our agent basically says she cannot guarantee that the land behind us won’t stay undeveloped. The 20 acre plot is actively being farmed, but it’s not owned by “old farmer Joe” who’s business has been in the family for 100 years.

Now my fiancé and I are at a loss! Do we buy this place that we love? We don’t plan on staying here forever, when we are in a better financial place we’ll be buying something bigger. We also wouldn’t mind they put houses back there, but what if it’s condos, or worse, a commercial building!! Do we skip this one and wait for something else to come along? It’s also entirely possibly that the plot of land behind us never gets touched.

Why can’t house hunting just be easy?!
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-08-2017, 10:38 AM
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My fiancé and I found what we thought would be the thee perfect house, again! It?s cute, lots of curb appeal, open, old dog-housed cape style, huge front porch, large wrap around deck, 15 minutes from out potential jobs, the school district is the best one in the area...

It also has no neighbors! It?s basically surrounded by a corn field! This is one of the big reasons we love this place. When we expressed our interest in the property or agent started thoroughly researching it. Turns out the land that surrounds it is own by one of the big developers in the area! Ugh!

Our agent basically says she cannot guarantee that the land behind us won?t stay undeveloped. The 20 acre plot is actively being farmed, but it?s not owned by ?old farmer Joe? who?s business has been in the family for 100 years.

Now my fiancé and I are at a loss! Do we buy this place that we love? We don?t plan on staying here forever, when we are in a better financial place we?ll be buying something bigger. We also wouldn?t mind they put houses back there, but what if it?s condos, or worse, a commercial building!! Do we skip this one and wait for something else to come along? It?s also entirely possibly that the plot of land behind us never gets touched.

Why can?t house hunting just be easy?!
If you have doubts (we'll worries) about condos or whatever being built look for a different property. Though if it's still for sale when you've looked at a few others it's meant to be.

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I understand the frustration completely. My husband and I have been house hunting for months. We have yet to find a house that suits our needs, and our horses needs. We have no kids, so we are less concerned with number of bedrooms, and extra bathrooms. We are focusing on houses with a working kitchen (can be ugly, we dont care) and space for our dogs/cats/fish/lizzards inside. Outside is where we are really looking for the holy mecca of yards. We need a separate space for our dogs to have a yard. And are only looking for flat, pasture like land for our horses. We don't care if there is a barn because we can always build a barn or run in for them.

Finding flat, pasture land, with a house that is livable has been difficult.

Best of luck in your search!
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@SlideStop I am so sorry to hear this news. I would be hesitant about the property because developed land does not just mean condos or homes. It means Wal Mart's and strip malls. Happened here where I live - not to me but to a farmer my son worked for. He does still own farm land around where they developed but fights trash and vandalism to his crops and any farm machinery he leaves in his field (think $180,00 0 combine with windows busted out)

For me personally this would be a deal breaker as it could render the home unsalable in the future.
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post #5 of 9 Old 11-08-2017, 12:27 PM
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Before you write it off entirely, check the zoning. Is it zoned for Ag, residential, multi family or single family?

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Zoning up here is the most confusing thing ever. Some towns you can have horses in RES zoned areas, others require Rural or AG... go figure
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Not only check zoning but check for covenants on the land...
Depending upon when it was bought, who sold it there may be covenants, "restrictions", on what can be done & when it can be done.
Just because a builder/developer owns it does not mean it can be improved upon with buildings.
Sometimes a developer invests in real estate because they want what is on the other side to be built on with no fight from the adjoining land...
Deed restrictions can work both ways to keep out the improving and to make sure that what improving is done is not over-done to the land too.
There can even be a land trust, for so many years the land must remain a active farm...

You never know...
Get that realtor moving and dig for some answers.
I hope this works out for you.
If its meant to be it will last and work the test of investigating...if not, there is another better property for you to discover.
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-08-2017, 07:23 PM
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Good advice from the other posters, SlideStop. I might add how about having a conversation with the developer/owner of the field? They may share their plans on timing and what will go in there. Since you’ve indicated this won’t be your forever home it may work in your favour if you get this place, live in it for a few years until the development has taken over the empty field and then sell up. With any luck, your place will increase in value because of it being either adjacent to a residential subdivision (not everyone likes isolation) or next to a commercial development (where it’s your lot that has the real value rather than the house as someone else may want land for a compatible commercial enterprise).
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-08-2017, 08:51 PM
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Check with the county planning department. Most developments take years to go through all the hoops required by the counties, and the county planning department can tell you if the developer has started the process and what the developer plans.
If you have any doubts, though, walk away. We've moved 3 times over 30 years because of new nearby development, and in each case, a new housing development made it harder to sell because folks are willing to pay more just to buy a brand new house that is "customized" (e.g. paint colors, etc) rather than a "used" one that may have to be redecorated. If it's anything commercial or industrial, you're in even worse shape.

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