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7 Things You Need To Know About Buying Land in NC

So you're thinking about buying land in the Brevard, North Carolina area. Great decision on your part.  Brevard is centrally located in western North Carolina and only about 30 minutes from Asheville, 20 minutes to Lake Toxaway, or 40 minutes to Cashiers. It is a wonderful place to be, whether it's year round or just for seasonal visits. So lace up your boots and let's get started.

One of the first things to consider is that certain times of the year are better than others for scoping out that bit of land you've been looking into buying. In the summer, dense undergrowth can make it difficult to explore the land and the full foliage on the trees can make it difficult to see the bordering properties.  In the winter, snow and ice create challenges of another kind. In our opinion, if you want to look at land for sale in the Brevard area, we recommend the fall and spring months.  Even now in late April the trees haven't filled out and the temperatures are perfect for a woodland walk-about.

Whether you are buying a residential lot in a gated community or raw land, there are certain things you must know before signing on the dotted line.

1. Zoning - if you're buying raw land be careful what you wish for.  If you have no zoning restrictions, neither will your neighbors and that could be a problem. You may not want to raise chickens, but your neighbor might.

2. Deed Restrictions - like zoning, it's important to read those deed restrictions. Whether it's a 10 home neighborhood or a 1,000 acre planned community, it's important that you understand what you can and cannot do with your property. Most deed restrictions include a minimum square footage for when you build, how long you have to complete the construction once it's started, some have pet restrictions, some may have specific restrictions like no motorcycles, and of course, you want check those property owner association dues.

3. Well and Septic - This is a topic of discussion with most buyers who are coming out of large cities and used to municipal water and sewer systems.  In this area, unless you are within city limits, or in certain planned communities, you will need to install a private well and septic system.  It is impossible to predict the cost of installing a well because every well installation is different depending on what diggers encounter. Getting approval for a septic system is a little more straight forward and may have already been established by the sellers. It's all based on the number of bedrooms so if a septic approval is on file, make sure it fits your needs.  If there hasn't been a permit filed, you'll want to make sure the property "perks" before buying it and that you can obtain a permit for the size of the home you want to build. You can learn more about this on the Transylvania County's website.

4. Flood zones  - this is important information if you are buying land that is on or near a river, or in a low lying area. Flood maps are easily available from the county and will show you areas that are in active, 100 year, or 500 year flood zones.

5. Access - make sure you have a clear understanding of the access to the property.  If you have to cross over another property, you'll want deeded access on record as well as information on how that access is to be maintained.

6. Surveys - when at all possible, it's best to have a recorded survey to look at. But, that isn't always available. Much of the land in the mountains has been handed down through families and then divided up. Even in planned developments you'll find original lot lines can change. Remember a plat is not the same thing as a survey. When in doubt secure your own survey.

7. Financing - if you plan to finance your land purchase, check with your lending institution. Not all banks lend money for land. Or contact us. We have local lending partners who may be able to help.

There is a lot to know when you come to the mountains to look for land. Make sure you have an agent who understands land and is willing to trek along side you, like Robert and Carol Clay. Here are a few of the land listings we have available. But if you don't see quite what you're looking for, there's plenty more available and prices are way down from years past.

hillcrest Close to town







connesteeGolf course communities







big hillWoods and creeks






If you want to know more about land for sale in the Brevard area, and you want some boots on the ground who can help you find the best piece of property for your needs, contact Robert Clay at 828-551-6291.  To search for land for sale, visit us online at




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Comment balloon 0 commentsCarol Clay • April 18 2011 04:25PM
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