New home construction Palm Beach County
If you the home buyer do not own a lot and are working with a realtor or if you decide to use the professional real estate staff at Tanen Homes, there are factors to keep in mind while looking for a lot to build on. A good starting place would be to look at areas in your price range for a combined lot and house together that you can qualify on for your loan.
In Palm Beach County, the majority of available lots for home building are located in the Royal Palm Beach – Loxahatchee Acreage, Palm Beach Country Estates and Jupiter Farms. There are lots available in other areas such as Palm Beach Little Ranchettes, Sherbrooke Estates, etc.but the choices are more limited in those areas.
Once an area is decided on, it is time to research lots. The easiest way to get started is with a realtor who can search the multiple listing service for available lots. Based on home buyer parameters, real estate agents can narrow their search. Specifics such as corner lots and paved roads only are more challenging to locate and being more flexible will yield more to choose from. At Tanen Homes, our real estate professionals will travel to the available lots for sale before escorting prospective home buyers. This way we can weed out lots that may be undesirable due to an eyesore home next door or a lot that may hold water.
If you decide to look for lots without a real estate agent, the task will be more difficult as you will have to do all the leg work in finding the right lot. One tool may be the property appraiser site of Palm Beach County. If you are driving around an area you would like to live in, you should make note of the streets and then go to the property appraiser site and find the lots on the map. You can then write to the property owners and inquire about purchasing their lot. If you are not in a hurry to find a lot, and don’t want to use a real estate agent, this may be the way to go. The best way to find a lot however is with a professional real estate agent that knows what they are looking at in lots and will direct you in the right path. Our real estate agents at Tanen Homes know what to look for in a good lot and they know the market.
In Palm Beach County, lots with exotic vegetation (non-native vegetation) must be removed before certificate of occupancy will be issued. There basically are no lots that are completely free of non-native vegetation but some lots that have Melaleuca or Cypress trees in great quantities should be considered carefully as those lots are generally low and may contain non-buildable soils such as muck. In that case the muck has to be removed and clean compactable fill brought in for the house pad. Low lots need more fill dirt and fill dirt is not inexpensive.
To make sure your money is safe, we recommend that preliminary soil boring test are conducted on a prospective lot to make sure it is a buildable lot. On a vacant lot contract, there is a clause for a feasibility study. This is where you the lot purchaser have leverage to protect your deposit. If the soil boring test come back and no problems are found with the lot, you are good to go. If problems such as muck are discovered, you can cancel the contract within the time frame agreed upon in the contract.
We at Tanen Homes want you the purchaser to be informed and make good decisions. We are here to help and guide you through the process.