In parts 1 and 2 we covered getting started and land sales. It is now time to move on to housing. In the mountains you will run into homes that are different from other areas.
1 Log Cabins. You will have buyers who want the cabin feeling and look at log homes. You are not an expert but it is good to know some things. The number one question is maintenance. I would suggest going to a log home show. Learn from all the builders there. So in the South for example ,white pine tends to hold up better to humidity and heat than other woods. Also there are different types of chinking now available. So I would suggest going to a show and when you develop your list of inspectors make sure you have some one on the list that is a log expert.
2 Mountain side homes. Many folks look at mountain side homes or ask about building them. The trick here is again to have a good inspector or a mountain builder. Concrete retaining walls and foundations are very very important here. So it is important again to have good mountains builders and an engineer or 2 in your address book.
3 Location. If you are looking at a home on a steep or non paved road you may have a tough time with insurance. There are some places fire trucks do not go. You can check with your local fire department for a specific home.
Again this all boils down to working with a mountain Realtor. So me , for example, if I wanted to buy on the coast would find a local Realtor who could tell me about insurance, tides, etc. etc.