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How to buy land for your new cabin.

Cabin Living - - Editor’s View -

f you al­ready own land for your cabin, you’re one gi­ant step ahead of the game. If you’re in the mar­ket to buy, there are ba­sic fac­tors you need to con­sider as you search.

Be­fore you be­gin to ne­go­ti­ate on land, be sure your fi­nances are in line and know how much lend­ing help you qual­ify for. Give your agent spe­cific in­struc­tions (e.g., we’re look­ing for five to 10 acres priced from $ 50,000 to $150,000). If he or she dis­re­gards your in­struc­tions, find a new agent. Start at the low end, and work your way up so you can see what you’ll be get­ting for your money.

An­a­lyze the ac­cess to your home site (e.g., is there more than one road in?) as well as to the area as a whole. Ide­ally, you’ll want well­main­tained roads and high­ways (es­pe­cially if you will build in the moun­tains, where snow cover will be common), as well as an air­port and med­i­cal/emer­gency ser­vices within rea­son­able prox­im­ity. But you don’t want so much traf­fic con­ges­tion that it im­pacts pol­lu­tion or noise lev­els and, there­fore, your qual­ity of life. Bal­ance the two.

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