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Old 08-09-2012, 04:07 PM
 
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Hi guys,

My wife and I are looking to purchase a vacation home in the Sierra foothills. The area is not really remote, but most of the properties have between 2 and 5 acres, so neighbors are a bit separated.

While we have purchased homes in cities before, we've never bought in a "rural" area. Outside of the ordinary home inspection, what should we be asking? We know to ask about well and septic tank and where the leach field is. But perhaps what we don't know to ask about is more important than what we do know about.

Any hints?
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:35 PM
 
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Hi guys,

My wife and I are looking to purchase a vacation home in the Sierra foothills. The area is not really remote, but most of the properties have between 2 and 5 acres, so neighbors are a bit separated.

While we have purchased homes in cities before, we've never bought in a "rural" area. Outside of the ordinary home inspection, what should we be asking? We know to ask about well and septic tank and where the leach field is. But perhaps what we don't know to ask about is more important than what we do know about.

Any hints?
You should be asking why you want to sink your money in a place you may see twice a year.

Aside from that, crime can be bad especially if you don't live there (your house is a nice target when you are gone).

I personally would NEVER own a second home in a rural place since all you are doing is raising property values and taxes for everyone, you appear to be full of money and you don't even live there. Bound to get hated by the locals...

My $.02
OD
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:36 PM
 
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Oops, guess I stepped on your toes, ogned.

As I mentioned, most of the properties up were we want to buy are between 2 and 5 acres. Not what I would say is "rural" (I used to live in Missouri, where rural meant starting at 10 acres and going up into the thousands.) That's why I put rural in quotes. Since this obviously bothers you, let's just call the area really large yarded suburban homes. Also, most of the houses in this particular area are owned by part-time residents, or come heres, who welcome and are used to new occupants, unlike your area apparently. Sorry you have such a sour opinion and are so willing to express it when not even asked.

My original question was and is what do I need to know about inspections and what to look for when looking at these properties.
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:24 AM
 
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Oops, guess I stepped on your toes, ogned.

As I mentioned, most of the properties up were we want to buy are between 2 and 5 acres. Not what I would say is "rural" (I used to live in Missouri, where rural meant starting at 10 acres and going up into the thousands.) That's why I put rural in quotes. Since this obviously bothers you, let's just call the area really large yarded suburban homes. Also, most of the houses in this particular area are owned by part-time residents, or come heres, who welcome and are used to new occupants, unlike your area apparently. Sorry you have such a sour opinion and are so willing to express it when not even asked.

My original question was and is what do I need to know about inspections and what to look for when looking at these properties.
This is a public forum so everyone is "asked" for an opinion by default.

You said it was a rural area so I was trying to give you good advice on what to expect. If you said "we are looking to buy a place in a gentrified area where everyone owns a second home" I would have said something different.

Since a lot of homes in the are you are considering are owned by people like you (second homes and part time home owners) - why not go up to your neighbors' homes and talk to them about their experiences, what to look for etc.?

Anyways, there is a book on Amazon called "Finding and buying your place in the country". Educated buyer is the best buyer.

OD
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