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Buying A Lot As A First Time Home Buyer
Did you ever consider building your own dream home? The first thing that you have to do to achieve this dream is to find the right piece of property. There are some things that you have to take into consideration aside from where it is located, there are different types and styles of real estate properties to choose from. In addition to these, it is best that you are aware of such things such as the lots accessibility to power and other important amenities and the natural features that are found in the area.

The author of "Tips and Traps When Buying a Home", Robert Irwin, recommends using a checklist when searching for a lot as a first time home buyer to avoid missing any critical details. Here are some essential tips that you can use to help you find the right property to build on:

1. Map out nearby cities and towns. If your lot is located in a rural area, find out how far the nearest cities and towns are. This will help you decide if a commute from your future home will be worth it, and what your lifestyle might be like if you have to travel to the city on a regular basis.

2. Review natural features. How many trees are in and around the lot? Do you have access to a lake? How far is it from your new home? Many first time homebuyers overlook these important details when they have found what looks to be like their ideal lot. However, building a house that is very close to a lake or a forest means you may need to deal with wildlife and flooding during certain times of the year.

3. Check the water source. If you build a home in an urban area, you may not have to worry about where you will get your water from. If you decide to build your home in the countryside, you may need to find a private water company or find alternative solutions to be able to get water into your home.

4. Inspect the soil quality. To ensure that your new home will be build on a solid foundation, determine the quality of the soil. This is an important factor that you have to take into serious consideration. If you are unsure on how to go about it, hire a professional.

5. Find out about building restrictions. There are some areas that have restrictions when it comes to building a home. Properties that are located near national forests, wildlife preserves or major landmarks typically have strict rules about what can be built. Find out what the limits that you might encounter if you decide to buy property in that area so you will be prepared.

In addition to reviewing the physical features of the lot as a first time homebuyer, you will need to review the title in detail. Make sure that you can get a clear title, and that there are no easements of any kind on the lot. This can make it much easier to go through the home buying process and sign off on your new purchase when you want to.

Alexandria P. Anderson is a licensed Minnesota Realtor that uses the Edina real estate listings to help her clients to find and purchase Edina realty and other quality Twin Cities properties.

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