Dreaming of buying land and building your dream home?

Fowler Family

We understand the desire to set your own roots in the Inland Northwest. Whether you are interested in remote privacy in the woods, hilltop view lots, wide open space on the prairie, or waterfront property, the Inland Northwest offers something for everyone. There is something special about finding your land and building your dream home – a place that for years to come will be the setting for many family memories.

We know, because we did just that. And it is one of our greatest joys helping our clients do the same.

We are so excited to announce our newest development - an opportunity for you to start those dreams!

We have just unveiled our first land development in North Spokane: EXODUS RANCH. And this will be the first of many large acreage land developments, we will be representing in partnership with The Devout Group.

Learn more Here: Our Developments

Exodus Ranch Spokane
Exodus Ranch Spokane
Exodus Ranch Spokane
Exodus Ranch Spokane

We are asked often what the process looks like. Below are a few things to consider when looking at land.

Not all land is the same. Here are the main things to consider in your search for land.

1. Raw vs. Developed

Is the land raw or developed? Have any improvements been made to the land in consideration of accessibility, utilities and zoning? Are their current buildable spots available or will extensive excavation be needed?

2. Zoning/ Easements/ CCR’s

What is the current land zoned for? How many residences are allowed on the property? What can you build on the property due to zoning and are there any restrictions? Are there any current easements on the property? Shared roads or maintenance easements with neighboring properties? These easements can be explored further in the feasibility period once under contract. But knowing as much as you can up front will be helpful. Review this information thoroughly! Call the County Building and Planning to confirm the ability to build on the parcels. Contact the Department of Ecology to confirm local well logs. If the county has a department, check with them!

3. Utilities

Are their utilities on the property? Where are they located on the property? What is the water source for the property? Is there a well present, if so what is the GPM and water quality? If not, what are the options and costs to having a well installed.

4. Determining Budget + Lending Options

Obviously determining budget is one of the most important things to consider. Determining your house plan will be one of the biggest factors toward your budget; the land will also be a consideration. There are many lending options to secure the land itself. Other options are construction loans to incorporate the land purchase into the entire build. We work with many l lenders that have varying options that we’d be happy to connect you with.

5. Choosing a House Plan + Builder

Choosing a house plan is sometimes the first place people start. This is how we started ourselves, and then found the land that worked with the plan. Others choose the opposite, securing the land first then choosing house plan. The good thing - there is no right or wrong way!

You can choose the house plan pre-designed or work with a local architect. We then suggest getting bids from several builders. Realize you are not comparing apples to apples. See how the builders differ with their “standard” build, consider timeframe and get reviews.

We go more in-depth on all of these subjects in our Custom Home Build Guide. Download our full guide and resources here: Download Guide

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7 Tips for House Shopping with Kids In Tow

 

I don’t know about you, but most activities with kids seem like organized chaos. Just trying to get out the door making sure all kids have found their shoes and jackets, brushed their teeth, and ate breakfast (without an outfit change), is a small victory. So how are you supposed to make one of your biggest life decisions – a home purchase – with kids in tow? A babysitter may not always be an option. So, here are a few helpful tips we have learned along the way.

  1. SET UP the showing for success. Let your real estate broker know any special needs or arrangements prior to showing. We can then do our best to accommodate everyone. Is your child allergic to pets? Will loud noises, bright lights or darkness bother your sensory child? Let us help you set the day up for success.

 

  1. Plan your showings around NAP schedules. Everyone will be happier. And having children ourselves, we understand how important those naps are.

 

  1. Lay the GROUND RULES. Prior to entering the first home, we will kindly explain to the kids that we are entering a guest’s home and ask that they remove their shoes, keep hands to themselves and stay with their parents. Once that door opens, those remarks are usually forgotten. So gentle and kind reminders will be reiterated throughout the home and reoccurring homes. Most likely, they will see things they want to touch. Especially if their is a kid’s room in the home. We find that having their hands occupied will decrease that urge. Have them bring a small toy or book so there hands busy while touring the home.

  1. Bring plenty of SNACKS for between showings. This ties closely to #1. Happy kids! We will discourage eating in the home, but you and the kids will want to get refueled along the way!

 

  1. HEAD OUTSIDE. If it is nice weather and there is a backyard, send the kids outdoors. We have spent many an afternoon in the backyard letting the kids run out energy while we discuss the pros and cons of the property.

  1. TAG TEAM. As much as you prepare for a perfect day, life happens. Meltdowns, car naps, boredom – your child/ren may be happiest staying in the vehicle with a parent. In which case, we recommend tag team – one parent at a time. If the house is a hit, we can reschedule a second showing where you both can view the home together.

 

  1. BE FLEXIBLE. Some days it’s just not happening. And we understand that. Yes, we may have only seen 3 of the 7 homes we wished to see. We can take a break and maybe even reschedule for later in the day or the next.

Your real estate agent should not make your children feel like an inconvenience. If he/she does, find a NEW one!

 

As realtors with children, we get it. The thought o viewing homes with kids in tow can be a daunting task. And our job is to not only show a home to you, but make the process enjoyable and as smooth as possible. For us, that means our role may be more than home details and stats. It’s helping with kids – whether it be an extra set of eyes, corralling the kids from room to room, or in Ryan’s case a bit of humor to lighten up the mood and keep it fun for all. We may head outside or a different room with your kids, to let you discuss the home with your partner without the distraction. And if schedules allow and both of us are present for a showing, one of us tends to watch the kids more intently so the other can guide you through the home.

 

Best wishes in your home search. We hope these tips make the process more enjoyable. It is an exciting time as you search for the next home to make your family memories!