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New! April 2012 - list of books on buying and selling land added! Click here for the list.


Septic or Sewer

Septic System information - San Diego County

Septic Systems – Mound System

How to build a septic system

Mound septic system

Fire Department

State Fire Marshall website

Zoning and CC&Rs

Zoning – San Diego County


Landlocked lot



CEQA website


Getting a Loan

Cost estimates for building

Buying and selling land



The Building Process

Construction consultants

Land Description

Metes and Bounds software


Books on Buying and Selling Land

Investing in Land: How to Build Wealth Buying, Selling, Subdividing, and Developing Land
Robert J. Abalos (2003) Investing in Land Publications.
Expensive,  short on details, tells you to buy cheap – wouldn’t we all like to do that! Investor oriented.

Be a Successful Residential Land Developer (Paperback)
R. Dodge Woodson (2004) McGraw-Hill Professional.
Lots of useful information, geared more to the developer. But worth looking at.

Building Your Own Home For Dummies.
Kevin Daum, Janice Brewster, Peter Economy (2005) Wiley.
Has a few pages on land selection.  If this is your first building project you may want to get this book for all the other info as well!







This website has been written and developed by Rob Ransom, PhD. Rob has extensive experience working with buyers and sellers of vacant land in San Diego County, CA. Although Rob currently has a California real estate license he is retired from selling real estate.

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