Many people search for non-deed-restricted land in North Florida, but what does that really mean? Whether you’re new to real estate you’ve purchased and sold many properties, it’s helpful to know what types of properties will turn up in that kind of search – and whether they’ll be the right properties for your needs.
What Does Non-Deed-Restricted Mean in Florida Real Estate?
Non-deed-restricted land simply refers to land with no deed restrictions. That means the land you want to buy has limits on it; those limits can apply to what you can build on it or how you can use it.
It’s important that you buy non-deed-restricted land if you want to build or potentially change the use of the property later.
Deed restrictions apply to all owners of the property, not just to the person who owns it when the restriction goes into effect. That means a deed restriction put in place a century ago could affect your property now.
Sometimes a neighborhood’s homeowner’s association puts restrictions in place, or perhaps it’s part of the historic preservation of a neighborhood.
What Can Deed Restrictions Control in Florida?
Deed restrictions can be difficult, if not impossible, to change. They can cover several things, including:
- The height of new homes built
- The width of new homes built
- Where homes can be built on the property
- How many cars you can park in the driveway or in front of the house
- Types of vehicles you can park in the driveway or in front of the house
- What types (and heights) of fences, if any, you can put on the property
- Whether you can remove trees
- The home style you can build
- Extra structures, such as sheds, workshops and even swimming pools
- Whether you can conduct business in your home
- The color your home can be
- Whether you can have livestock or other types of animals, such as exotic animals
- The number of bedrooms your home can have
This isn’t a comprehensive list, but these are some of the most common deed restrictions you’ll find during your property search.
For most people, it’s a good idea to buy a property with no deed restrictions in North Florida – and when you’re ready to start your search, we can help.
Call us at 386-243-0124 or contact us online so we can start searching for the perfect property for you.