Knowing the Lay of the Land in Asheville, NC

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You may know this already, but finding and buying vacant land in Asheville, NC is a considerably different process, with its own completely different set of pitfalls than finding and buying residential real estate. I call it, “Knowing the Lay of the Land.” It may sound corny, but it is so true. When purchasing residential real estate you are dealing with a more defined set of parameters, as lots are generally easy to visualize because there is fencing or some other type of landscape feature that distinctly outlines where the boundaries are. However, when looking at raw/vacant land there generally is not a visible boundary. Having an agent on hand who sells a lot of land can help you immensely. There may not be a hedge or a fence running the length of the property and there are some general rules of thumb that an experienced agent will know.

In my experience selling and developing land tracts, I have found that most sensible people historically subdivided large parcels of land along common topographical features. Such features might include ridgelines or creek beds, along old barbed wire fencing present from old farming uses, and the list goes on and on. Being able to read these topographical features and correlate them when referencing a property’s survey or tax map can help you, the client, make sense of a property’s boundaries and whether a certain feature such as a road or creek is actually on or off the land you are looking at.

When investigating large land tracts there are a couple of tools that I absolutely find essential in helping clients make an informed decision. Click over to the next page and we’ll talk about a couple of them.