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Things to consider when buying an empty lot

When considering real estate purchases, a lot of focus is put on buying homes, businesses and other existing structures. However, there is still a lot of empty or vacant land in Arizona, and one option people have is to buy an empty lot and then build. If you're thinking about doing this, what should you be looking for?

What happens if a structure gets built on the wrong lot?

You want a new building to be constructed, and you hire a local company to do the job. You talk over the details and give them the information that they need. Maybe it's a family home, a vacation home or a new base of operations for your company. Regardless, you then step back and put your time and energy into your own career, waiting for them to finish the job.

Zoning may address more than type of use

In a very general sense, the idea behind zoning laws is to divide buildings used for certain purposes. The three main zones are industrial, commercial and residential. While there is some overlap at times, most buildings stick to a certain type in each respective area, giving the city structure and keeping property values consistent.

Considerations when using your home as a business

Are you thinking about using your home, a residential property, as a business? Properties are zoned for different types of use, so you may or may not be able to do so. It's very important to understand what type of zone you live in and what restrictions you face.

A variance may be needed even in a commercial zone

The classic example that people use, when discussing land use and zoning issues, is that cities get divided into residential zones and commercial zones. Homes go in one area and businesses go in the other. It's a very simple split to divide these two types of uses.

Don't assume all commercial zones are the same

When you first learned about zoning laws, it was probably explained to you that land tends to get broken up into commercial zones and residential zones. This keeps housing in one area and puts businesses in a separate area. Not only is this convenient for landowners, but it also helps with city planning, keeps property values high and much more.

Are zoning or contract disputes costing you too much?

What is a homeowner to do when a project under construction comes to a grinding halt? A delay can come in many forms — stop-work orders, zoning problems, inclement weather, contractual disputes — but the end result will always hit you right in the wallet.

What are the three types of takings under eminent domain?

When land is privately owned, the idea that it could be taken by the government for public use is not usually considered. However, the surprising reality is that under certain circumstances, it is possible for the government to do just that. The act of the government taking privately owned property away from its owner is known as eminent domain.

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