Location and concept frustrations
I’m looking for land to build my small house on. Realtors don’t seem to understand why a small house would be a good idea. City codes are more cooperative, in the locations I’m considering, than realtors, actually.
I’m also a bit stressed about finding a place to live while building my small house. I do NOT like apartments or neighbors surrounding me. I was hoping to find a structure that could be recreated while I lived on the property, but that hasn’t happened yet. My frustration level has built over the course of the day, hearing about one house after the other that might be the right size and on the market… only to find out that they are bigger than I was told or that they’ve already sold. And the lot I fell in love with is 36 miles from work. That’s just not practical. I’d be saving $400-800 on property taxes but spending $1700/yr on gas! And yet… this little town has a billboard advertising FREE lots. Another little town has a development going in… and the realtor is going to discuss with the owner the possibility of making a SMALL HOUSE COMMUNITY out of it, if they can gather enough interest. It would be completely on grid, and the lots are smaller, but the concept still has potential.
I’m amazed. Realtors are not where I thought I would run into trouble. Code departments in that area (SE KS) seem very accommodating though, so far. Maybe that’s partly because they’ve seen the possibilities work. On the outskirts of the town where I’ll be working, there is a yurt and a tiny house that is ancient. I need to take pictures next time I’m there.
Hmmm…. just discovered a property less than 10 miles from work. More than two acres. Right price. Yurt just down the road. (Meaning the city will probably be accepting of “nontraditional” structures.) Why did none of the realtors mention THAT one? I hope it’s still for sale Monday. If it is… it probably won’t be anymore! I’d be willing to make the 90 mile drive back to sign paperwork and hand them a check right then, I think.
Grrr… again, it’s a property the realtor “forgot to take down.” It isn’t for sale anymore, and hasn’t been for awhile. I’m checking into 3.5 acres; it’s pricey too (pricier than the other one) but it still might be worth checking on because it may be within biking distance of work, and it’s rural. Lots in the city are scarce, and most even with houses on them are 5000 sq ft or less. There’s also a house for sale 30 miles away that was built in 2001 and is only 488 sq ft. The asking price on that one is $7500. I don’t want to drive that far to work, but if I could do it for awhile and then move I’d consider it. There is a lot 36 miles away for $2000 I’m still considering too.