Had a busy couple of days... Our friend and neighbor, Tim D., (along with his wife Jeannie) came over to tell us that they have decided to move into a smaller house, nearby in Paradise. We had a standing offer to them to buy their current place, should they move, because they have a 2.5 acre field adjacent to our property that a new buyer could build on. We knew that Tim and Jeannie would never build there, as they valued that field as a buffer as much as we did. But a new owner? Who knows?
So I've been scrambling to do all the things one must do to buy a piece of real estate. We've agreed a price with Tim and Jeannie. We've engaged a realtor friend to represent us in the transaction, and to make sure the paperwork all gets done correctly. We've consulted with the county to make sure that we will be able to “detach” that field from its current parcel, and merge it with our own parcel that's adjacent to the field. The county treats this as a routine matter, so we're not expecting any trouble there, and the cost is quite modest (well under $1,000). We do have to hire a surveyor, though, to make new legal descriptions for the two lots being modified. We also arranged for a local hay farmer to lease the newly merged field from us, for a grass and alfalfa mix (horse hay). Once the field has been moved to our parcel, there will remain a 3.5 acre property with a nice house near the center of it, and that piece we'll put up for sale.
So many details, though!