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Decide Your Community Style: Tip #1 for Buying Lots and Land

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You’ve decided you’d like to buy a residential lot and build  a new home – congratulations! No other option for owning your own home gives you as many ways to design and customize a home that’s all yours from the ground up.

But where do you begin? You’re already discovering that the web is a great tool to help you do research, see the many choices available, make informed decisions about the type of home and community suits you and to help find a qualified builder.

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Earlier we gave you 8 Tips For Buying Residential Lots and Land For A New Home. Today we want to discuss deciding your community style in more detail.

Choosing the town, community and building lot for your new home is a first step in one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. And while buyers often put an enormous amount of planning and thought into the design, paint colors and appliances that will be in their home, they should be equally thorough when evaluating the community and lot where their home will be built.


There are a lot of options for buying a lot (no pun intended), including many different community characteristics, planning styles and geographic locations. Whether this is going to be your primary residence or a second home, take notes and do some self-evaluation. What type of living experience are you seeking? Here are some of the things you may want to consider:

  •  Location and Lifestyle – Do you prefer near the city or rural? What about proximity to schools, shopping, hospitals and work? How is the commute and availability of public transportation?
  •  Desired Amenities – Do you want sidewalks, bike paths and parks? Do you need recreational facilities like a golf course or swim club?
  •  Style of Neighborhood & Homes – Are you looking at infill lots for sale in established locations? A newer traditional-styled neighborhood with homes on smaller lots? Suburban with mostly new and similar homes? Rural land for sale with more privacy? What architectural style do you want? Do you want to build an energy-efficient green home? Do you want a completely customized home, or do you prefer the convenience of choosing from stock plans?

Swimming Pools in CommunityDeciding on a community style is the first step to building your dream home. Now explore the next step, Choosing a Builder, the second of our 8 Tips for Buying Residential Lots and Land.


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Be sure to check out our page dedicated to Tips & Resources for Buying Lots & Land, where you can find helpful resources for lot and land buyers and tips about using to help you in your search.

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