Buying Land in Naples and SW Florida

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Buying Land in Naples Southwest Florida

When considering the purchase of land with the intention of building a home in Naples, Florida, it’s essential to navigate the process with informed decisions. Whether you are dreaming of a custom-built home on a spacious lot or a cozy retreat in a serene setting, it is imperative that you understand how the process is different in Southwest Florida as well as specific things to look for that are unique to the area.

Understanding Your Goals

What are your end goals? Do you ultimately want acreage to build a large home, do you possibly want to have animals living on your homesite, or are you purchasing land to just park temporary housing such as an RV or tiny house? Depending on the specific area of Naples or Southwest Florida, different zoning rules apply. Do you want a quiet neighborhood where you cannot see your neighbors, or would you prefer to have that close knit feeling of seeing your neighbors everyday. By deciding what you want long term will help you in your search and due diligence of finding the perfect parcel of land in Naples and Southwest Florida..

Researching and Choosing the Right Location

Assessing the various locations that Southwest Florida offers in the diverse landscapes and communities is an important step. Research different areas considering factors such as proximity to work, schools, amenities, and traffic. Coastal areas might offer stunning views but come with higher risks of hurricanes and flooding, while inland areas might offer more space and affordability. Purchasing land in Golden Gate Estates offers homesites with a miniumum of 1.14 acres, however, buyers must be aware of the wetland and upland designations - more about that later.

Zoning laws and restrictions from county to county and from neighborhood to neighborhood differ immensely. Naples and Southwest Florida has specific zoning laws that dictate how land can be used. Ensure the land you are interested in is zoned for residential use and check for any restrictions that might affect your building plans. Also verify access roads, easements, and restrictions. Contact the local zoning office or use online resources to verify this information.

Financial Considerations

Budgeting for your land purchase and construction should be a priority. There are many costs associated with preparing your land before you even start. Consider not only the cost of the land but also the expenses associated with building your home, such as construction costs, permits, utility hookups, and landscaping. Don't forget about impact fees and fees to the DEP depending on the amount of wetlands you might impact. It’s wise to factor in a contingency budget for unexpected costs.

Explore the different financing options before you put in an offer. If paying with cash, there will be no issue. While traditional mortgages are available for buying existing homes, purchasing land often requires a land loan, which may have higher interest rates and require a larger down payment. Construction loans can be used to finance the building process and typically convert to a permanent mortgage once the home is completed. It is smart to work with a lender who is extremely knowledgeable about all of the different types of loans that will benefit your particular situation. See my list of preferred lenders.

Conducting Due Diligence

During your due diligence period, it is imperative to condcut a land survey, soil test, and get a wetland determination. Hire professionals to conduct all of these. This will confirm the property's boundaries and identify any easements or encroachments. Additionally, soil testing is crucial to ensure the ground can support your planned construction and to check for any contamination. A wetland determination will tell you what portion of the property is wetlands and how much space you have to build on, it will also tell you if you have to pay for state permits.

Environmental considerations are something that is unique to Florida’s environment. Our surrounding lands in Southwest Florida requires attention to specific factors such as wetlands, protected wildlife habitats, and flood zones. An environmental assessment can help identify any issues that could impact your building plans or future property value.

Permits and Legal Requirements

Securing building permits is a critical step. Depending on the complexity of your project, this can include building permits, electrical permits, plumbing permits, and more. If there was a structure previously on the land, you might be entitled to an impact fee credit. Working with a licensed general contractor familiar with local regulations can streamline this process.

If building in a gated community or one that has an HOA (homeowner's association) you must also get approval for your plans from then. If the land is part of a homeowner’s association (HOA), review their rules and regulations. HOAs can impose restrictions on home designs, landscaping, the color of your paint, the type of roof you want, and other aspects of property use, which can affect your building plans.

Choosing the Right Builder

Selecting a reputable builder is crucial for a successful project. Seek recommendations, check online reviews, and ask for references. Drive by homes they have built, check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been any claims against them, go to the County licensing and permitting departments to see if any potential builders you may use have a history of not following the rules. Ensure the builder is licensed, insured, and experienced with the type of home you want to build.

Thoroughly review the contract with your builder. It should detail the scope of work, timelines, costs, and any warranties. I strongly encourage consulting a real estate attorney to ensure your interests are protected. I can confidently recommend the attorneys on my Lawyers, Lenders, and Vendors page.

Finalizing Your New Home

Your home will need to pass several inspections along the way to ensure it meets all local building codes and safety standards. Your general contractor should arrange and coordinate all of this, however, you are ultimately responsible, so it is a good idea to always be present and ask any questions to the inspectors. Obtain the certificate of occupancy from the local building department before moving in.

Landscaping and final touches will enhance your property’s curb appeal. Consider hiring a professional landscaper who can advise you of native plants and sustainable practices to create a beautiful and environmentally friendly outdoor space.

Moving In

When transitioning to your newly built home, take time to familiarize yourself with the property and any maintenance requirements. Establish a routine for regular upkeep to preserve your investment and enjoy your new home for years to come. You may try to maintain the home by yourself, or you may decide hiring professionals for your landscaping, water systems, and pool is the path you will take.

Buying land and building a house in Florida can be a rewarding journey with careful planning and consideration. By following these steps and staying informed, you can turn your dream home into a reality.

If you need any assistance in locating land for you to build your home on, please feel free to reach out to me.

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1
Day on Site
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1
Day on Site
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$625
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Days on Site
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3
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3
Days on Site
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3
Days on Site
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$279,000
Neighborhood: Golden Gate Estates
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Acres
3
Days on Site
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3
Days on Site
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Days on Site
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Days on Site
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5
Days on Site
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7
Days on Site
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MLS
$499,000
Neighborhood: Naples Motorcoach Resort
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7
Days on Site
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$1,999,000
Neighborhood: Marco Island
0.25
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7
Days on Site
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Neighborhood: Olde Naples
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8
Days on Site
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8
Days on Site
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Neighborhood: Golden Gate Estates
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8
Days on Site
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2.73
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9
Days on Site
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MLS
$2,495,000
Neighborhood: Park Shore
0.25
Acres
9
Days on Site
224049023
MLS
$89,500
Neighborhood: Imperial Wilderness
0.06
Acres
10
Days on Site
224049742
MLS
$3,295,000
Neighborhood: Pine Ridge
1.2
Acres
11
Days on Site
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$1,195,000
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0.3
Acres
11
Days on Site
224049969
MLS
$520,000
Neighborhood: Pelican Lake Rv Resort
12
Days on Site
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MLS
$875,000
Neighborhood: Naples Park
0.16
Acres
12
Days on Site
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MLS
$239,000
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2.73
Acres
12
Days on Site
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MLS
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Neighborhood: Golden Gate Estates
1.59
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12
Days on Site
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1.14
Acres
12
Days on Site
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13
Days on Site
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13
Days on Site
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13
Days on Site
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Acres
14
Days on Site
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MLS
$1,425,000
Neighborhood: Golden Gate Estates
1.25
Acres
14
Days on Site
224048699
MLS
$139,000
Neighborhood: Golden Gate Estates
1.17
Acres
14
Days on Site
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MLS
$99,900
Neighborhood: Riverwood
0.17
Acres
14
Days on Site
224048869
MLS
$45,000
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14
Days on Site
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MLS
$249,000
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14
Days on Site
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$72,000
Neighborhood: Cape Coral
0.23
Acres
1
Day on Site
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MLS
$104,900
Neighborhood: Page Park
0.28
Acres
1
Day on Site
224051950
MLS
$77,000
Neighborhood: Cape Coral
0.36
Acres
1
Day on Site
224051954
MLS
$85,000
Neighborhood: Cape Coral
0.24
Acres
1
Day on Site
224051849
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$70,000
Neighborhood: Cape Coral
0.26
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1
Day on Site
224051994
MLS
$43,000
Neighborhood: Cape Coral
0.23
Acres
1
Day on Site
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MLS
$47,500
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Acres
2
Days on Site
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MLS
$59,000
Neighborhood: Cape Coral
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Acres
3
Days on Site
224014166
MLS
$85,000
Neighborhood: Cape Coral
0.23
Acres
3
Days on Site
224037176
MLS
$69,000
Neighborhood: Cape Coral
0.38
Acres
3
Days on Site
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MLS
$580,000
Neighborhood: Golden Palms Luxury Motorcoach Resort
0.15
Acres
3
Days on Site
224051777
MLS
$49,900
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0.23
Acres
3
Days on Site
224051780
MLS
$54,900
Neighborhood: Cape Coral
0.23
Acres
3
Days on Site
224043471
MLS
$99,000
Neighborhood: Cape Coral
0.23
Acres
3
Days on Site
224045176
MLS
$185,000
Neighborhood: Cape Coral
0.23
Acres
3
Days on Site
224049915
MLS
$179,000
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0.23
Acres
3
Days on Site
224049923
MLS
$38,500
Neighborhood: Lazy Days Mobile Village
0.12
Acres
3
Days on Site
224051049
MLS
$47,500
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0.23
Acres
3
Days on Site
224051249
MLS
$47,000
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0.23
Acres
3
Days on Site
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MLS
$22,500
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0.28
Acres
3
Days on Site
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MLS
$59,000
Neighborhood: Cape Coral
0.29
Acres
3
Days on Site
224051303
MLS
$60,000
Neighborhood: Cape Coral
0.26
Acres
3
Days on Site
224051353
MLS
$49,000
Neighborhood: Cape Coral
0.23
Acres
3
Days on Site
224051377
MLS
$128,000
Neighborhood: Cape Coral
0.24
Acres
3
Days on Site
224051409
MLS
$45,000
Neighborhood: Cape Coral
0.23
Acres
3
Days on Site
224051523
MLS
$650,000
Neighborhood: Seagrape
0.13
Acres
3
Days on Site
224051529
MLS
$39,000
Neighborhood: Cape Coral
0.23
Acres
3
Days on Site
224051614
MLS
$49,000
Neighborhood: Cape Coral
0.23
Acres
3
Days on Site
224051649
MLS
$65,000
Neighborhood: Cape Coral
0.23
Acres
3
Days on Site
224051673
MLS
$98,900
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0.33
Acres
3
Days on Site
224051749
MLS
$95,000
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0.24
Acres
3
Days on Site
224051750
MLS
$110,000
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0.23
Acres
3
Days on Site
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MLS
$65,000
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0.23
Acres
3
Days on Site
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MLS
$115,000
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0.23
Acres
5
Days on Site
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MLS
$46,900
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0.23
Acres
5
Days on Site
224051047
MLS
$59,900
Neighborhood: Cape Coral
0.23
Acres
5
Days on Site
224049947
MLS

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