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    Hi again all! I would firstly like to thank anyone who responded to my last thread. My husband is leaning towards at least attending the class with me now! (YAY!) New question though. We just put our house on the market about 2 months ago, when we first decided we wanted to move. Should we take it off the market until we attend a class? What do they recommend for living arrangements at the class while you are building your home? Just don't want to sell the one we're in now and regret it later....

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    Hi Z's,

    I guess I will wade in again. In my humble opinion, sell the house now if you can. The class suggests that you live on site in a "free" trailer if you can manage it. Where do you want to build?

    Blondie

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    LHBA Member AkChas's Avatar
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    Tricky question (many unknown variables). Probably would have fit just fine in the "Too good to be true?" thread.
    Do you have a place to live if/when the house sells, that doesn't involve another MORTgage? (You'll get the emphasis on "mort" during class. Hint: it's french).
    Do you already have land, that you want to build on?
    Are you desperate to sell?
    If selling can wait, you might consider Taking the Class. LOT's of "ah-ha" moments.
    But like I said.....too many unknown variables, to give a truly good answer.
    One SOLID piece of advice I can give is....... keep your eye on new class openings (subscribe to the email announcment, but check often anyway). When a class is announced SIGN UP, RIGHT AWAY! They fill up / sell out faaaast! (I had to wait 2 or 3 cycles before I could get in).

    Good Luck. And.......

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blondie View Post
    Hi Z's,

    I guess I will wade in again. In my humble opinion, sell the house now if you can. The class suggests that you live on site in a "free" trailer if you can manage it. Where do you want to build?

    Blondie

    We live in northeast Indiana, and that 's where we're planning to stay. That does open up another question then.....I realize I'll probably learn this in class, but I'll ask you too. Are we supposed to find property with wooded acreage and cut down the trees in that property for our home?? Just something my husband wanted to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AkChas View Post
    Tricky question (many unknown variables). Probably would have fit just fine in the "Too good to be true?" thread.
    Do you have a place to live if/when the house sells, that doesn't involve another MORTgage? (You'll get the emphasis on "mort" during class. Hint: it's french).
    Do you already have land, that you want to build on?
    Are you desperate to sell?
    If selling can wait, you might consider Taking the Class. LOT's of "ah-ha" moments.
    But like I said.....too many unknown variables, to give a truly good answer.
    One SOLID piece of advice I can give is....... keep your eye on new class openings (subscribe to the email announcment, but check often anyway). When a class is announced SIGN UP, RIGHT AWAY! They fill up / sell out faaaast! (I had to wait 2 or 3 cycles before I could get in).

    Good Luck. And.......

    Cheers!

    Akchas,

    We aren't necessarily desperate to sell. We can afford this property just fine...just not this mortgage AND another. We do not have land yet. I guess that's where we were looking for a little direction. Should we stay where we are and buy / pay off some land before we sell our house? And if we do that, should the land be wooded? Like I told Blondie, I realize that these questions will probably be answered at the class, but not sure we can wait that long since our house is on the market now. (has been for about 2 months) Thanks for any help!

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    Purchasing land which has usable timber on it would definitely be a major plus, but is by no means a mandate. Plenty of folks building out Midwest where there are no usable trees to be found. For that matter, I have no usable timber myself. I will simply be using tips and tricks taught in class, to acquire the logs I'll need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zehnteam View Post
    Are we supposed to find property with wooded acreage and cut down the trees in that property for our home?? Just something my husband wanted to know.
    Just leave the tree cutting to professional tree "fellers"

    (Seriously)!

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    Hi Z's,

    Here I go again. It is a basis concept of this group to build without a mortgage. Most of us sell our current stick homes, move into a trailer or another home close to the property to build. It is easier that way if you can arrange it. Most log cabins are built with the tall/slender tree form such as pine or spruce. You may need to bring those trees in to your property. The "class" will give you ideas on where to get logs. Since transporting 40ft+ long logs around a small lot quite difficult most of us build on larger lots, most out of town a way.

    Blondie

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    Is there a reason you couldn't stay in your house while you build? If you're staying nearby, that might be a convenient option. Unless you want to move into something smaller or cheaper of course. Being able to use trees on your property is a great bonus but not a necessity. Most of the trees on our property are young and not large enough to use, but I am trying to figure out a way to use some of our mountain laurel decoratively!
    ~Brigitte

    attended class- 3/17/12
    received stock plans- 4/4/12
    closed on 5 acres in NC!- 5/12!!
    moved from CT to NC- 12/12
    popped out a baby- 5/2014
    well/septic permit- 5/2017

    Current project- finding logs, getting plans approved, grading the log yard, scheduling start date

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    GOSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PLEASE STAY IN YOUR HOME IF YOU CAN ARRANGE IT!!!!!!!!

    Blondie

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