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Old 01-18-2016, 05:21 PM
 
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Is it possible to buy a lot of land, put a trailer/mobile home on it until we save enough, or qualify to build a house? I saw some lots in Monument that I would really like.

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Old 01-18-2016, 06:36 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Call either the town/city government or the county.

"electricity is across the street". Call the provider to find out how much to get to your house.
"phone is..." Call...
"spring on property". Potable water or not?
Sewage?
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Old 01-18-2016, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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All of that means that there are currently no services so you are going to have to pay to get everything run to the property. This could be a significant amount of money. Additionally, as Dave said, You need to check with El Paso County zoning about whether or not you can park a temporary housing structure there.
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Old 01-19-2016, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Depends on how long you need to save or qualify. Weeks to a month, maybe, beyond that, probably not. El Paso County recently amended the rules allowing persons to live in trailers and motor homes to allow rebuilding from the recent forest fires, but those people also had to have permits and construction in progress to qualify for extended mobile living. To start on raw land is a slightly different situation.

I'd recommend contacting Douglas or El Paso County Zoning offices, depending on which side of the ridge you are looking at, to get details. I don't think it will be too favorable for you though.
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:06 PM
 
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Thanks for the feedback. I now know who to contact. Sounds like we will have to be ready to build if we purchase a lot.
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:35 PM
 
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Erin, let us know what you find out, we love improving the informational value of the forums with such info.

Pardon my sticking my nose into your ideas, but your concept seems complicated; rather than pay for land and for a mobile home why not just rent an apartment or home to minimize your immediate outlay of funds. This way you avoid the buying process and also the selling process if you find out you don't like it here. If you already have an RV to live in, would an RV park be acceptable?

Look at rentals on www.ppar.com as there are probably a few homes for rent that are as cheap as an apartment. You can use padmapper.com too for rentals but beware the scammers on craigslist.
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Old 01-20-2016, 10:09 PM
 
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Erin, let us know what you find out, we love improving the informational value of the forums with such info.

Pardon my sticking my nose into your ideas, but your concept seems complicated; rather than pay for land and for a mobile home why not just rent an apartment or home to minimize your immediate outlay of funds. This way you avoid the buying process and also the selling process if you find out you don't like it here. If you already have an RV to live in, would an RV park be acceptable?

Look at rentals on Colorado Springs Real Estate - Official MLS Listings - PPAR.com as there are probably a few homes for rent that are as cheap as an apartment. You can use padmapper.com too for rentals but beware the scammers on craigslist.
We are looking at rentals, and will go that route more than likely. I think it may be difficult for us to find a rental, so I was thinking of other options. No RV, we couldn't live in one for an extended period of time with 3 kids and two dogs My in laws are moving too and they had the same idea with land as well, but it's just the two of them so they should have no issues with securing a rental.
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