Purchasing Our Property, August 15, 2003

Finding and choosing property can be difficult. To make this easier, I listed all of our needs. I was looking for property between Murphy, North Carolina, and Blairsville, Georgia. Because I want to build a passive solar home, I need to be able to face the long side of the home southward. I also need a property that does not restrict me from having an office in the home, and is conveniently located as close as possible to a major highway. How did I choose a realtor? I emailed quite a few realtors telling them what kind of property I need. One realtor was by far the most helpful. She emailed me descriptions of many properties. She even drove around the area where I wanted to live, looking for property that fit my needs. We eliminated most of them from our list, and went with her to look at the rest. We narrowed our choices to three properties.

The first is over an acre on the highway. While being on the highway was a definite advantage, the property slopes in the wrong direction, which would require too much excavation. The eight foot high bank along the highway would make access difficult. I also did not care for how the neighboring property was excavated right up to the line, leaving a thirty foot drop off on the south east side.

Our second is over an acre that is a few hundred feet off the same highway. The price is ten thousand less and the property slopes quite well for our solar home. There are much nicer trees, and when the leaves are off we will have a beautiful view of a pond.

Our third choice is less than an acre with a two story concrete block store built in the fifties. The shell of the building is in good condition. The property lays well. The southern side is well suited for a two story glass passive solar heater. The lower level opens on three sides and could be our residence. The upper level is even with the street with a glass store front, and could make a very nice office. The floor is oak that is in repairable condition. But the cement block construction is not insulated and the roof needs replacing. We could offer $35,000 more than the second property, but we are not sure that is $35,000 well spent, as the entire lower level would need to be redone. Besides, my wife does not see how that old, ugly building could possibly become a nice place to live. This property would not be the best for us.

So, today we signed the final offer on the second property. The closing will be on September 11.

It took until Friday, September 26 to close on the property. The seller is from Canada and their was a lot of extra paperwork because of new laws that apply to real estate transactions with people from other countries. Here is the property:

Here is the pretty pond down the road: (Our home will be able to view this pond).

See the picture of us signing our life away?

We are in the office of our helpful realtor, Bonnie. If you are considering property for building, that is her specialty. She can be contacted by EMAIL or by phoning her at 800-871-1910

(These will be updated throughout the project).
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Step 1, Purchasing the Land
Step 2, Designing Our Own Home
Step 3, Our Septic Permit
Step 4, Our Insulated Wall System
Step 5, Cutting Lumber from Our Own Trees
Step 6, Plumbing Before the Slab is Poured
Step 7, Pouring the Concrete Floors
Step 8, Pouring Concrete in the ICF Walls
Step 9, Framing the Wood Walls, Floors, and Roof
Step 10, Installing the Windows
Step 11, Roughing in Plumbing and Electrical
Step 12, Insulation
Step 13, Roofing Our Home
Step 14, Finishing the Cabin

I have friends in the construction industry who are very interested in this home. In appreciation for their assistance, I would like to give them credit for their help, and give you the opportunity to contact them. The following list will be updated regularly:

-Bonnie our helpful realtor can be contacted by EMAIL or by phoning her at 800-871-1910
-Tony of A&L Construction did the clearing, excavating, and sawed lumber from our trees. He can be reached at 828-835-9926.
-Pete is a very good part time carpenter. You can phone him at 828-479-9458.

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