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Dawn's a good time to scope out property, especially a land sale a short drive from Asheville, N.C, - one of interesting proportions - 27+ irregular acres. So today , as I rolled down a highway where pale-blue mountains fringed the still-pink skies, I considered the anatomy of this particular land sale, and how it could play out for sellers and buyers.
•1) It might be an investment, a 1031 Exchange.
•2) It could be someone's prized find for a second home.
•3) It could be the perfect mountain retreat with sheltered cove, distant mountain views, two homes, two guest cottages.
•4) A cascade is at the edge of the property, the well is already in place. . .water sources. Good-good!
Reveries and Realities
I have to tell you, by the time I arrived at the land, I was imagining a sunny acre, in the midst of the other twenty-or-so, fed by a cool mountain stream, and embraced by big old shade trees who stood majestically around protecting an organic herb garden. I could almost smell the sage and lavender. The neighbors in this eco-friendly development would come singing down the road to visit and share stories there in the garden.
Isn't imagination is a wonderful thing?
What I really saw before me
pushed the envelope.
•1) The gravel driveway into the property had disappeared under an intense bramble of grass and wild carrot.
•2) Almost all 27+ acres were overgrown.. .hard to see the amazing view.
•3)It's summer. Ticks, gnats, bees, and snakes could alarm my clients. (Now you know why land specialists do lots of business in the winter.)
While it might not be what I had imagined (YET), "magic" was here . I'm going to take this listing as soon as I get the go-ahead on this checklist:
CHECKLIST : Site Prep for 27+ Land Listing, Mountain Retreat
1. Bush-hog. Call and schedule Handsome Masters. (This is our land "curb appeal" crew. They will do basic bush hogging and cleanup. Free the stream and cascade. Unearth the incredible huge rock outcroppings. Make paths to the 300 degree overlook and deep, cool woods. And show the potential of that sunny acre.
2. Professional Photo Shoot . This will be refined when we get good weather for photos
3. Pests. Call and schedule the non-toxic pest control folks. (They can discourage pests from crawling on trousers and bare legs on the newly formed paths.)
4. ECO-site evaluation. Marcus Renner, professor and past President of the Green Building Council (see the GREEN RESOURCES Directory) here in the mountains, will review the property for appropriate building sites and development, solar, wind and other eco-friendly assets. His analysis, a wonderful marketing plusfor our eco-friendly audience and for green builders, will be the centerpiece in the marketing strategy.
What's Next? Stay tuned for Part II. and in the meantime, please do let me know what you think.
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