If it smells like a deal put it under contract. Then find out how many houses the current zoning allows. You’ll have to hire an engineer to draw site plans and get building permits etc. You should probably get an environmental inspection also to check for poisons and of course you need to make sure title is clear. If you find out the city is prodevelopment… you may want to put it under contract contingent upon rezoning for apartments or industrial use and that alone could triple the value of the property without even building anything.
Others can correct me if im wrong but from what ive experienced and been able to offer clients, lenders like to see that final maps are completed if they will be lending up to 80% on the land and 80% for construction(spec). If its raw land then 50% on the land and the same 80% for construction.
And up to 100% on construction portion with presales.
I’m not sure if I’m asking this the right way, but if the plan is to purchase the land and then build (or presale), and this is presented to the lender with a complete plan (zoning, permits, architect, etc), can’t the lender agree to the 80% or 100% (presale) for land acquisition and construction in one loan?
Instead of what Zachj suggests that the lender separates land (loan of 50%) from construction ( loan of 80%).
Well whats wrong with having seperate loans? You would be better off, its still with the same lender but the construction portion will be on line of credit so your only being charged interest on the draw amount only and not the whole loan.
one fixed loan to take down the land, then seperate loan as a line of credit for the construction portion. that’s the best way ive seen it done, but im sure it can be structured many ways depending on the lender…
well if you can put 50%down on the land go for it. But you can get up to an 80% loan on the land if you have final maps. Final maps can take a bit of time though as I know because I used to be the civil engineer creating the tentative maps and going for county approvals etc… feel free to email me with questions…