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I recently inherited some money and wish to buy a house (my first). I have tentatively concluded that the way to go is to buy a vacant lot (there are always some on Craigslist) and a prefab house.

As I'll be paying cash, I won't have a banker at my elbow to make sure the teas are dotted and the eyes crossed. This makes me nervous: there are unknown unknowns.

Presumably I can hire an expert. What is this expert's title?

Locale is Washington, USA.

  • A real estate attorney, a realtor and the Internet (to google what to look for when buying land). – RonJohn Nov 23 '19 at 15:38
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    Start of by checking whether you are even allowed to build there. Don't be the mug who buys an over-priced plot of land, only to discover that the local plans don't allow houses there. – Simon B Nov 23 '19 at 17:15
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    First thing to do is to check the jurisdiction(s) of the lot you intend to buy, to see whether pre-fab construction is even allowed. Then you will need to find out a lot of other things, like whether you will be connecting to municipal water & sewer, or will need a well & septic system. A decent answer would take a book. But you can make the land purchase contingent on obtaining the required permits... – jamesqf Nov 23 '19 at 17:15
  • They're in Washington. The entire state prohibits local bans on prefab homes: seattlepi.com/local/article/… so no problems with that. But, yes. You need to make sure you can actually build there. Also, make sure to check the local floodplain. – user3757614 Nov 23 '19 at 18:53
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    There doesn't seem to be a policy that the subject matter of the question has to be stated in the form of a question. Seems to me like a waste of (a few) bytes. – Anton Sherwood Nov 24 '19 at 2:15

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