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How We Found the Perfect Land to Build Our Dream Home

CEO Khai Intela
Have you ever dreamed of building your own home? My husband and I embarked on this exciting journey a couple of years ago, and let me tell you, it wasn't an easy road. In this...

Have you ever dreamed of building your own home? My husband and I embarked on this exciting journey a couple of years ago, and let me tell you, it wasn't an easy road. In this article, I want to share with you our experience of finding the perfect piece of land to build on, and hopefully, provide you with some tips that will help you on your own home-building adventure.

The Search Begins

We started our search in 2017 after moving to Central Oregon. We had a specific vision in mind - a quiet neighborhood with open space and a strong sense of community. We also wanted a sizable plot of land, utilities readily available, and beautiful views. However, finding such land in Bend proved to be a challenge. The city has limited land available for development due to its geographical constraints.

How to find land to build on

Thinking Outside the Box

With a modest budget and a lease ending soon, we knew we had to get creative. We explored different strategies to find the perfect plot of land. Here are some of the key steps we took:

1. Narrow down our target neighborhoods.

We focused on specific neighborhoods that met our criteria. We wanted a neighborhood that felt like home, with plenty of open space and a friendly atmosphere.

2. Work with a real estate agent.

We teamed up with a real estate agent who understood our needs. However, we quickly realized that available land in our price range was limited. We had to take a more proactive approach.

3. Scour Google Earth.

Google Earth became our best friend. We used satellite views to search for open parcels in our favorite parts of town. This helped us save time by eliminating lots based on their orientation, topography, and proximity to features we liked.

4. Track down information from the county assessor's office.

For lots without signs, we researched their addresses and looked them up on the local assessor's website. This helped us gather valuable information about the land, such as zoning, market value, and permits.

5. Tell everyone about our search.

We made it known to everyone we met that we were looking for land. You never know who might have valuable leads or insights. It was through word of mouth that we discovered the idea of a teardown, which turned out to be a game-changer for us.

6. Scour real estate listing sites.

We expanded our search to real estate listing sites like Zillow and Redfin. By adjusting our criteria, we found several properties that had the potential we were looking for.

The Perfect Land

After months of searching, an email from Zillow landed in my inbox. It was the moment we had been waiting for - our dream property had hit the market. It was a teardown with a mobile home, utilities already connected, and a 300-foot driveway. Though the mobile home was in our desired building location, we saw the potential in tearing it down and starting fresh.

The tear-down property we now call home


Finding the perfect land to build on can be a challenging and time-consuming process. However, by following these steps and thinking outside the box, you can increase your chances of finding the right plot of land for your dream home. Remember, it takes patience, persistence, and a little bit of luck. Good luck on your own home-building journey!

Follow along as we share our home-building experience:

  • And Just Like That, We Are Officially Landowners
  • Why We Decided to Build a Custom Home
  • Pre-Construction Progress: Septic Feasibility, House Plans, and Property Cleanup
  • How We Found Land to Build On—and How You Can, Too
  • A Surprise Move With a Silver Lining
  • The Home Building Begins: A Recap of the Last 5 Years
  • Demo Day: Tearing Down Our Old House
  • What You Should Know Before Buying Land (My Real-Life Tips)
  • Construction Loans: What I Wish I’d Known As a First-Time Borrower
  • How to Get a Construction Loan While Being Self-Employed—My Experience

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