Building Information

A lot of property buyers in Ocean Shores are deciding to buy lots instead of pre-existing homes. In many cases, especially if you’re not in a hurry, this makes fiscal sense if you have the cash. If you’re an investor, buying land makes total sense since it’s easier to flip and maintenance is minimal. Also, there are a lot (no pun intended) more options with vacant land than with homes especially when it comes to location.

So let’s say you have explored all the areas of Ocean Shores and you have found the lot that you want to build your dream home on. Here are a few questions for you to consider. Does is it have water on it? What about power? Is the sewer LID paid? What about the Street LID? What’s a LID? Is the lot designated as wetland property? What are the setbacks? Many times the property can be dry, but it’s designated as wetland. Make sure you know. It’ very important that when you buy property in Ocean Shores or the entire North Beach area that you work with a reputable real estate agent-one who will look out for your best interests.

Another consideration for you is figuring out how much it’s going to cost to clear and level your lot. How much to get the water, power and sewer on the property? Then there’s the issue of surveying your property and the installation of the driveway.

Buying a vacant lot anywhere in Grays Harbor County is a solid investment. The one thing that you can do to eliminate most of your fears and concerns is to make sure that you are working with an agent you can trust. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me.

If you’re on this page, there’s a good chance that you’re seeking out a brand new beach home. I can help. In fact, since 2008, no one has sold more brand new homes in Ocean Shores than me. Whether it’s finding you the right builder or pre-existing spec house or finding you the right lot, I can help make this happen for you.

Before you proceed to far into having a home built for you, contacting the City’s Permit Center/Building Department would be a great thing to do. Ocean Shores has adopted the International Building Code. Charges for building permits are based on Building Valuation Data as published by the International Code Council OSMC 15.08.040. A 2,000 square foot home valued at $194,000 would aggregate an estimated $3,005 Building Permit Fee. The Building Department has informational packets for persons interested in new construction or remodeling their homes. Contact the Permit Center at 360.289.2754 for more info.

If you’re a builder or looking to have a builder build your dream home here in Ocean Shores, there’s a lot of work that goes into the details of making the match (builder/buyer) work. I’m one of very few agents in Western Washington who is “Residential Construction Certified” and I’m also a “Certified New Home Specialist.”

These certifications are recognized throughout the real estate industry as the premier certification specific to providing the highest level of service and professionalism in working with builders and new homebuyers. As a Certified New Home Specialist, I belong to a group of the most highly respected individuals in the profession of real estate. The Certified New Home Specialist designation is earned through the completion of the industry’s most comprehensive new home sales course. This training involves over 20 hours of interactive computer-based course work focused on sales and customer service along with the technical and legal aspects of the homebuilding process. Successful completion of the 200-page certification workbook along with a 90% or better score on the certification test is then required to earn the CNHS certification.

If you have any questions about New Construction in the greater Ocean Shores area, contact Jeff Daniel at 360.581.9020. Thank you.