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Re: Building a log home...we hope.
« Reply #50 on: September 06, 2017, 09:05:18 AM »
An update...

We've given up on Oregon.

Trying for New Mexico instead.

Heading back there in a few days hoping to buy a nice, undeveloped 30 acre lot south of Santa Fe.

Onward...

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Re: Building a log home...we hope.
« Reply #51 on: September 06, 2017, 09:23:41 AM »
Good luck in New Mexico. 

Might have to consider an adobe house.  I lived in one over fifty years ago and it is the best thing I ever lived in.  Warm in winter, cool in the summer.  Easy to maintain.  There is something about them that appeals to me beyond just the sticks and mud. 
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Re: Building a log home...we hope.
« Reply #52 on: September 06, 2017, 01:03:29 PM »
An update...

We've given up on Oregon.

Trying for New Mexico instead.

Heading back there in a few days hoping to buy a nice, undeveloped 30 acre lot south of Santa Fe.

Onward...

That's a considerable change in scenery.

What are you looking for in a site? Undeveloped is cool if you want to be off-grid. The cost of getting utilities brought in can be a real bummer.
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Re: Building a log home...we hope.
« Reply #53 on: September 06, 2017, 09:15:40 PM »
We'd been looking in Arizona and in New Mexico before we started looking in Oregon but yeah, it's quite a difference.

We're looking at some 30-40 acre lots in various states of development.

The biggest issue is of course water. We've looked at properties with and without wells. The presence of one greatly influences the asking price of course.

When we find the right place we'll be going adobe instead of the log cabin. There's no sense in fighting what's worked for hundreds of years in the New Mexico environment.

We leave next Thursday on what we're hoping will be a buying trip.

Onward...

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Re: Building a log home...we hope.
« Reply #54 on: September 23, 2017, 05:55:07 PM »
On our way home from New Mexico. Waiting for a plane.

We've narrowed down our choices considerably, it's between two 40 acre lots and one ten acre lot.

They all have existing wells.

Waiting to get some more info from our agent before we make an offer.

Onward...

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Re: Building a log home...we hope.
« Reply #55 on: September 23, 2017, 06:37:13 PM »
Are these near Sante Fe or further north?
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Re: Building a log home...we hope.
« Reply #56 on: September 24, 2017, 01:48:06 PM »
Are these near Sante Fe or further north?

Near Santa Fe.

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Re: Building a log home...we hope.
« Reply #57 on: October 01, 2017, 10:35:25 AM »
Well we've put in an offer on a 54 acre lot south of Santa Fe.

Now we wait...

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Re: Building a log home...we hope.
« Reply #58 on: October 01, 2017, 10:48:48 AM »
Do you have any pictures of that area? ???
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Re: Building a log home...we hope.
« Reply #59 on: October 01, 2017, 11:39:13 PM »
No I don't.

I've been there several times and know what it looks like but the only photos we've seen are in the property listing.

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« Reply #60 on: October 02, 2017, 08:52:46 AM »
Do you have a link?  I promise not to try to outbid you. :rofl:
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« Reply #61 on: October 02, 2017, 09:14:23 AM »
I will, just as soon as we finish negotiatin...

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« Reply #62 on: October 21, 2017, 05:10:03 PM »
Looks like the 54 acre lot isn't gonna happen.

Been on and off the market for 10 years, never been built on, one of the previous owners put in a water meter, it's also got electrical and phone available.

Sellers can't decide what they want to do, offered to partially finance the sale then they reneged, counter-offer came in and they would barely budge on the price. Their own agent doesn't know what they want to do.

We've given them our absolute, bottom line cash offer which coincidentally is what property in and around the area is going for per acre, our agent also included language that basically says the only thing we'll consider further negotiating are some of our contingency costs. We're not gonna move on our Monday offer.

Get the feeling they're gonna turn us down again. I don't get why people list real estate for sale when they obviously aren't willing or able to actually sell it.  Makes no sense to me at all. We're the only people to ever put in an offer on the land in 10 years of listings.

We've given them until Monday to fish or cut bait.

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Re: Building a log home...we hope.
« Reply #63 on: October 21, 2017, 09:02:48 PM »
The same thing is happening around here. People bought property (developed and undeveloped) 15-20 years ago and got taken to the cleaners. Now they're trying to sell it for 3x the current market value and won't budge on the price.
The timber industry tanked 7-8 years ago here, and the big Country Club never happened. There are subdivided "estate" parcels that no one can give away, but nobody can lower their prices because they're in over their heads already. The real estate investors have taken a bath over the last decade. They drove the market up with a false economy and false promises.  The smart ones left the area, leaving landscaped vacant lots and abandoned golf courses to the deer, bear and elk. 
Poor babies....
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