Many, if not most folks, who look to buy from Adirondack Mt Land are first-time land buyers. The experience is not only exciting, but can also be a bit intimidating, or at the very least, raise a number of questions. In the acquisition and sale of the Adirondack property it is our number one priority to ensure buyers are purchasing land that is not only buildable but also has a clear title, marked boundary lines, and offers maximum privacy and beauty. It is also our personal mandate to have a solid knowledge of local property values and offer our Adirondack land at competitive prices.
Questions You Need To Know When Buying Adirondack Land
Does the property have a clear title?
With every parcel of Adirondack land we sell, our attorney does a title review of the abstract to ensure that the property has a clear and marketable title, which includes identifying and disclosing any easements or right of ways that may exist. Rights such as timber, mineral, gas, and water will go with the property when sold to you.
Are boundaries marked?
The boundaries of every parcel of land sold will be clearly marked. In most cases, the property will be surveyed by a licensed surveyor.
Is the land buildable?
With 30 years of experience buying and selling Adirondack land, I’m very careful to ensure the land is buildable. I refuse to sell a parcel that is not! Any land that is too rocky, steep, or close to wetlands is eliminated as a potential building site. Additionally, the property must offer a location to build that is private and attractive. Most often I will have the building site cleared and brushed out in advance to showing it. Our land is buildable, guaranteed!
Have the soils been perked?
In most cases not. The glaciers of long ago created very well-drained soils here in the Adirondacks. Clay soils, with the exception of the Champlain Valley, do not exist. Though I generally don’t take the time or expense to perk land in advance, I will upon a customer’s request. There are occasions when an APA permit is required to subdivide a property, in which case a soil test is required to ensure a conventional septic system.
What are the restrictions?
The APA is the state zoning agency within Adirondack Park. In my estimation that they are a friend, not a foe. The Agency has worked to control and regulate development within the Adirondacks in order to preserve the beauty we all enjoy. The APA has restrictions chiefly regarding lot size, setbacks from waterways, and protection of critical environmental areas, such as wetlands. As long as you meet the required lot size and setback requirements from waterways and wetlands you should be good to build your cabin or home. In fact, in most cases, you won’t even need an APA permit. You can check their regulations and requirements at apa.ny.gov. There is also someone available at the APA to answer your questions at (518) 891-4040.
How much are closing costs?
Closing costs will include attorney’s fees, pro-rated taxes, and filing fees. Typically for our lots, this amount ranges between $1,000 and $1,500.
How much are property taxes?
Taxes will depend upon the size of the parcel of land, improvements to the property, and municipal tax rates. Taxes in the Adirondacks are almost always much cheaper than anywhere else.
What if I need help or have questions after I purchase?
For Kelly and I, the Adirondacks are our home and you are our neighbors. Whether you need help locating a good builder, require some trees to be cleared, or perhaps would like someone to check on the property, don’t hesitate to call on us.