Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions 2017-02-04T09:28:11+00:00

PROPERTY QUESTIONS

Unless indicated in the description, the rural properties we are selling do not have utilities. They are perfect for an off the grid lifestyle.

We include the GPS coordinates along with a map in each of the listings. You can enter the GPS coordinates from the listings into a satellite mapping application such as Google Maps, Google Earth or Bing Maps to find the properties and get driving directions.

Google Maps also allows you to download the directions to the property on your smartphone, which will be useful as it is possible that you will have limited to no cell reception in very rural locations. If you would like to visit the property, Google has directions on how to download map directions to your smartphone for offline use here.

Typically, it is best to start with the county health department as they will let you know what is required to install and maintain wells, septic tanks and other alternative systems. They may also refer you to reputable local vendors that you can call to research the cost and timeline of installing various systems. They can also help you with ‘perc’ tests or any other evaluations to determine if the property is suitable for various systems. We don’t perform any site assessments, soil tests / evaluations (e.g., ‘perc’ tests) or make any determinations for suitability of wells, septic systems, etc. We strongly encourage you to research these items ahead of purchasing the property as part of your due diligence.

A percolation test (or ‘perc’ test for short) evaluates the absorption rate of soil for a septic drain field. We don’t perform any soil tests / evaluations such as perc tests or make any determinations for suitability of wells, septic systems, etc. Please research these items ahead of purchasing the property as part of your due diligence.

Typically, if no public utilities are available (most of our properties don’t have public utilities, unless otherwise indicated in the listing) then you can either have a well drilled, have bulk potable water delivered to the property which is held in a large storage tank or purchase a system that generates water from the humidity of the air. Often, bulk potable water delivery is very cost effective so may be a good place to start. Contact local vendors where the property is located to get a sense of cost and timeline to completion. Also, you can contact the county health department (especially if you intend to drill a well) to get an understanding of the what is required to install and maintain water systems.

We cannot guarantee that we hold the mineral or water rights on any of our properties. We don’t research mineral or water rights information prior to acquiring our properties. You can research whether mineral or water rights have been transferred to a property in several ways. You can visit the county to see if they can help you do a title search but typically you will need the help of a title company and/or attorney. Most often, mineral rights were separated from the property many decades, or even over 100 years ago. It can often be difficult to determine the ownership of mineral rights as the chain of title can be broken for a variety of reasons and in areas not well known for having an abundance of valuable minerals often owners don’t take the time or expense to document their ownership properly.

Feel free to have your property surveyed, although please understand that Land Endeavor is not responsible for the costs of surveying a property. All properties on Land Endeavor are undeveloped, and most of them have not been surveyed.

We provide some basic zoning information in the property listing, but we strongly encourage all buyers to do their own research and contact the county where the property is located (typically the planning & zoning or planning & development department) prior to purchase to determine what activities are allowed or prohibited on the property.

The property taxes are typically current unless otherwise stated and will vary from parcel to parcel. Please see the tax information section in each individual listing and contact the county assessor’s office for the latest tax information.

Unless otherwise stated, all of our properties are free, clear and current at the time of conveyance. Often, we have purchased title insurance on our higher value properties to guard against title defects. The property listings will indicate if they have title insurance.

Most likely, but please check with the county in which the property is located prior to purchase regarding permitted use of the property.

Every county differs when it comes to zoning and use restrictions. Please call the county to understand what is permitted and restricted on the parcel and any applicable time limits or if any licenses or permits are required.

While everyone has their own level of risk tolerance and title insurance isn’t required to own property, typically it is prudent to get title insurance for properties of significant value (i.e., more than a few thousand dollars or so) as there are various title related issues that can come up. Just because conveyance documents (i.e., deeds) are signed and all of the transaction paperwork seems in order and you paid for the property, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will now be the legal owner. Title issues occur more frequently than many people realize and can be the source of a lot of expense and frustration – we have purchased property where it took 6 months+ and a significant amount of attorney’s fees to clear title.

At Land Endeavor, we typically get title searches completed and receive title insurance when we purchase property of significant value so that you can be confident that you will receive good title and avoid spending additional time and money just to take rightful ownership of property you already paid for. Given the importance and complexity of this topic, we wrote an in-depth article here.

PROCESS QUESTIONS

There are many items to consider when purchasing land, such as zoning / permitted use, access, utilities, taxes, topography, etc. We wrote an article on the basics of property research to get you started here. We strongly encourage all buyers to complete their due diligence.

We have streamlined the purchase process to make it as easy as possible. Once you have determined which property you would like to purchase, click on the listing and pay the earnest money deposit with your credit card to reserve the property. During the checkout process, please indicate if you would like to pay the full purchase price now or if you would prefer the owner financing option (if available, not all properties offer owner financing) and how you would like to close the transaction (through a title company to obtain title insurance or a notary close).

Please see the How to Buy page for a detailed explanation of our buying process and you can always contact us if you have any questions.

Yes, feel free to go take a look. The property listing will have the GPS coordinates which can be used in mapping applications to give you driving directions. Each property is unique, some may require four-wheel drive and a GPS device / smartphone to locate it while others you can drive right up to. At this time, we don’t have any representatives to show any properties in person.

Google Maps also allows you to download the directions to the property on your smartphone, which will be useful as it is possible that you will have limited to no cell reception in very rural locations. If you would like to visit the property, Google has directions on how to download map directions to your smartphone for offline use here.

Please contact us if you need any assistance with maps, coordinates, etc.

Many buyers utilize free satellite mapping applications as part of their research process. Satellite maps will allow you to see the terrain of the area of the property, and can sometimes give you a street view of the property. Every buyer should complete the level of diligence they are comfortable with and some want to view the property themselves while others view diligence through satellite mapping applications sufficient.

We’ve simplified the buying process to make it very straightforward. Of course, we encourage you to hire a professional (you will be responsible for their fees) if you think it’s necessary but we’ve done our best to make the process easy for anyone to understand.

Properties are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and will not be put on hold. When you’re ready to purchase the property you want, you can reserve the property by paying an earnest money deposit via credit card through our website, or calling our office at (855) 397-5470. We describe how to buy our property here.

Once your payment is complete, if you prefer a notary close we will provide a notarized copy of the deed via email an original copy will be sent to the county for recording. Once the county records the deed (typically 3-4 weeks) they will send the original deed directly to you.

If you prefer to receive title insurance, we will contact the title company to open escrow. If we have already purchased title insurance (noted in the listing), it will be less expensive to use the title company we used originally as they will typically waive the title related fees, so only the escrow fee will be required. You will wire the funds to the title company, complete any related paperwork to record the deed (e.g., supporting documentation for the county) and put the title insurance policy in your name and we will execute the deed. The title company will then record the deed and any supporting documentation with the county, transfer the funds to us and issue your title insurance policy. If we already received title insurance on the property and we use the same title company, the process will likely only take 1-2 weeks.

Questions about title insurance and if you need it? We wrote an extensive article on title insurance here.

On properties where we offer owner financing, typically if you can afford the down payment then you qualify. We don’t perform credit checks or credit reporting on most of our properties to help make it as simple and affordable as possible to acquire land. Our financing process is straightforward. Once you put the initial money down, we will send you the transaction documents. You will then continue to make your monthly payments, which typically consist of interest, principal, taxes and insurance. Once the property is paid off and if you prefer a notary close, we will provide a notarized copy of the deed via email and an original copy will be sent to the county for recording. After the county has recorded the deed (typically 3-4 weeks) they will send you the original deed directly. If you prefer to receive title insurance, we will close through a title company once you have paid off the property.

We wrote an article on the benefits of owner financing here.

We accept many forms of payment to make the purchase process as convenient as possible. We accept credit cards, wire transfers, direct deposits and cashier’s checks.
Feel free to contact us with any questions at (855) 397-5470 or send us an email at info@landendeavor.com.
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