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Date: 4/14/12 11:04 AM

My husband and I are looking to buy a house. I found one in my area that looks a little interesting on Realtor.com. However, I am noticing that just because something looks nice on a website, doesn't mean it's not a dump when you get close to it.

Here is my issue, I want to see the outside property before I have my realtor drive an hour to show us the house. I mean really, if it's a dump, there is no reason for him to drive all the way out here. Now, the house is on a private drive. The road is clearly marked as 'private road'. Based on the map provided, to get to the house, there is a long wooded drive that has a few other houses on it. Is it acceptable to drive through there to see the property? I know this is a dumb question, and I *think* that it would be reasonable to expect people to be driving through there if the house is for sale, but I just feel weird doing it without an appointment. Anyone know if it's ok?

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Date: 4/14/12 11:18 AM

If its a paved road - okay.
If its a driveway - no.

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Date: 4/14/12 11:21 AM

Well, I think it's paved. And I know it's not a driveway. It's a road that snakes up and there are driveways that feed off that little road. As far as I know, the road is not named. Of course, the house that I want to look at is the last house at the end of the road.

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Date: 4/14/12 11:34 AM

I used to live on a "private road" that was not paved (it was gravel)and it was perfectly legal for those who didn't live there to drive up the road. If the house is for sale, you won't be the first ones to check it out! And if you are the first ones - bet you could make a good offer.

However, if there are "no trespassing" and/or "trespassers will be shot on sight" signs, you might not want to hazard it...

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Date: 4/14/12 11:38 AM

I'd go look at it. If anyone questions you, just explain that you are checking out the area in order to decide if a full tour with a realtor is in order. Watchful neighbors are good, bossy neighbors - not so much.

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Date: 4/14/12 11:39 AM

you could also get an overview on Google Earth ...

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Date: 4/14/12 12:05 PM

Love Google Earth for things like this.

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Date: 4/14/12 12:15 PM

Go for it, or call the agent and have a good look-see. This is what he/she is suppose to do. Keep in mind, those who live on private drives should share in the cost of the up-keep. Make sure this is an agreement already in place and enforceable.

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Date: 4/14/12 12:25 PM

I would do it, but I would ask the agent beforehand- he or she may have already seen it.

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Date: 4/14/12 12:27 PM

This is what I was thinking, PattiAnnJ. Private roads mean additional maintenance costs and (sometimes tricky) neighbor co-operation.

By all means go check it out -- no one should object to your going to look at a house that's for sale. And if you are considering being on a private road, your impression of the neighbors will be even more important than usual.

ETA: We own a small piece of country property (raw land -- we are thinking we might build on it someday) on a private road, and I have been surprised at how much interaction we end up having about road maintenance. There are personality conflicts, for sure. However, this, in itself, would not stop us from building and moving out there.
-- Edited on 4/14/12 12:33 PM --

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