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Posted by Angela in Fort Worth, TX on 7/27/2009

Last week I got off work early and was able to take my mother to see the acreage that Daniel and I were saving up a down payment for. We drove up and my heart dropped. The clump of trees that we wanted to build our house in that was in the in the middle of the beautiful property had been bulldozed! The only reason I could see was that a stock pond had been built in the middle and maybe the bulldozers needed room? But there were areas not near the pond that had also been bulldozed. I wanted to cry while walking around the 19 acres and seeing 5-6 large piles of dead trees; some that looked so big they had to be 40-50 years old!

Then to top it off, the Realtor we had been working with for the last few months sent me a reply to an email I had sent her with the list of things to check on a property before we buy it. I found the list on this website in the Download Gallery. She said that my list was overkill and that the contract would cover most of those things. But I wanted to know everything, like utility hookup costs and zoning before we save up all of this money and put in a contract! I guess this was just not meant to be. The drive to Corsicana from my work would be 1 1/2 hours each way, and after a 12-hour night shift that would be horrible. It's hard enough for me to stay awake and drive the 25 minutes to home now.

So it's back to the Web to try to find new land to look at, and a new Realtor. I was just so excited about that one because it looked so perfect for us! 

On a happier note, I met with Designer #1 Friday as well. He seemed very knowledgeable and willing to think up new solutions for some of my design problems. His cost was very reasonable, and he builds his own homes so he has lots of contacts for subs. I just have to send him the signed contract and retainer, and he'll start drawing up sketches! I would just like to meet with one or two more designers so I won't second-guess my choice later. He also said that he doesn't need to see the lot; the foundation engineer will figure out what we need to do regarding our lots slopes, etc. So having to look for a new lot will not stop the plan drawing! I am excited to get something going, even though we have to start looking for new land.


Posted by Rachal in Janesville, CA on 7/27/2009

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It's so hard to be let down when you think you have found the "one". But just like old boyfriends, there is a reason it didn't work out. Probably because your 'perfect' property is out there waiting for you to find it.

Keep up the hard work. I'm nearing completion and I wouldn't trade this experience for anything. This is probably the first disappointment, but not the last.

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