May 12th, 2010


Due Diligence and Commitment (written a couple days ago...)

As noted in my last post, we made an offer on a lovely piece of raw land, and that offer was accepted around the time of the past Spring Equinox. 

Since then, I have been doing a great deal of "due diligence", as it is called. 

What "due diligence" means, in the trying-to-buy-real-estate-without-getting-screwed world, is checking out a great many things about the piece of real estate in question, the surrounding region, the underlying geology, and the county and state and any other jurisdictions in which it is located, with a great many people and businesses and agencies, in order to be as sure as humanly possible that you will be able to do what you hope to do with the land (or close enough to satisfy) and not encounter any dreadfully nasty surprises in the process. 

We first ran into the phrase when we started looking at ads for real estate.  If the ad included the phrase, "buyer must do due diligence", that generally meant that there were severe restrictions on how the land could be used, or some nasty surprises to be revealed about it after purchase. 

But one should always do due diligence in investigating a potential real estate purchase, especially if it is a piece of raw land, and one is (like we are) ordinary human beings who are looking for a place to build our home, and not able to afford a mistake that would cost the hard-earned money we've saved to buy land.

So, I've been doing the due diligence needed -- and it has truly been needed. 

I've consulted with engineers, well-diggers, septic installers, county planners, a cob building specialist, numerous experts in alternative building techniques (we plan to build a cob and strawbale home), zoning specialists, county building inspectors, a firefighter captain, tax assessors, the state DEQ, a real estate lawyer... and probably more.  Thank goodness I wrote email summaries to my comrades in arms throughout the process, because there was too much information, too much complexity, even too much to read between the lines or pick up from unspoken cues, to be able to remember it all now.

I've discovered that the county the land is in is notorious -- nay, infamous -- for being one of the worst counties in Oregon in which to build, due to grossly excessive and expensive demands by the zoning, planning and building code, and how it is being interpreted.  I've lost count of how many different people who have reason to be familiar with the processes and hassles involved have warned me about how difficult this county is. 

I've spent the past several weeks battling qliphoth. 

So what are qliphoth, you might ask?  Qliphoth is a term from Jewish mysticism (if I recall correctly), borrowed and adopted by hermetic folks and others involved in the Western esoteric traditions.  Qliphoth is often translated as "evil demons", but it literally means "peels" or "shells" or "shards".  The qliphoth refer to the evil or negative energies and influences "that ever arise when the Work of Light is truly undertaken."

They are the hassles and crap, the unnecessary complexities and well-intentioned foolishness, the outright obstructionism and intolerance, the prejudices and misinformation, the firmly believed falsehoods and misleading half-truths, the misguided efforts to control or render safe that cause more problems than they fix, the fear of liability that leads people to hide behind rules rather than use their own good judgment... all the barriers to doing what is right and needful in the quest for the Good.

Yeah, qliphoth... I now truly know what qliphoth are.

Damn qliphoth!

Well, anyway... this has been a stressful, difficult, maddening time, so stressful that Lee sorta'... blew up, unable to take the tight quarters of the little RV anymore, and found us a small, cheap, month-to-month rental duplex.  We moved in mid-April, and the extra space is lovely.  So is sleeping on the One True Bed again, together, finally!  Galadriel can finally stretch her legs in the fenced back yard, and Lee and I can cook in a real kitchen.

Yes, it has been a stressful time, but the due diligence part of it is finally done.  It required three or four extensions of the time allowed to complete our due diligence, but it is done.  And the really good news is that I completed the last bit of due diligence with relief early last week, well before the deadline ran out this weekend. 

As of midnight last Saturday, unless the perc tests results are terrible or financing becomes a problem (neither likely), we are committed to buying 11.46 acres of lovely wooded land, with year-round and seasonal streams, in the foothills of the northern part of the Coastal Mountain range in Oregon. 

We'll be dealing with qliphoth again as we start to build Haven, but it feels very good to have found this piece of land and to be this close to closing the deal. 

We are eager to start building our home, Haven.
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