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Hi Karoline. You can find more information in this link

https://secondlife.com//land/faq/?lang=en-US

Also, please visit these threads, since you have posted in a Linden home one (the pre-designed houses you get when getting a premium account):

https://community.secondlife.com/forums/forum/286-parcels-for-sale-mainland/

https://community.secondlife.com/forums/forum/291-mainland/

 

good luck, getting your own parcel is great

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25 minutes ago, KarolinaTalaoc said:

I wanted to know how to buy a plot and build a house.  I would only like to myself.  How much do plots cost and where to buy them?  Is it possible to buy a finished house or do you need to build?  how does it look like?  I have no idea about it.  Please help :)

In addition to the great advice from Elena, I'd suggest attending a land class at Caledon University. I'm going to tag @Lindal Kidd  here since she's the instructor. :) 

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1 hour ago, Elena Core said:

Hi Karoline. You can find more information in this link

https://secondlife.com//land/faq/?lang=en-US

Also, please visit these threads, since you have posted in a Linden home one (the pre-designed houses you get when getting a premium account):

https://community.secondlife.com/forums/forum/286-parcels-for-sale-mainland/

https://community.secondlife.com/forums/forum/291-mainland/

 

good luck, getting your own parcel is great

Thank you so much :)

 

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Hi @KarolinaTalaoc!  (Thanks for the heads up, Sylvia!)

Being a Premium member and having a Linden Home is one good way to have a small home in Second Life, but it's not the only way.  One of its limitations is that you have to stick with the house you're given.  You can switch homes of course, but there's still a finite selection.  Lots of people choose to own a parcel of land, and buy or build their own house on it.  This opens up nearly infinite possibilities.

The first decision you have to make is, Mainland or a Private Estate?  Mainland requires a Premium membership, if you want to own the land (as much as one CAN "own" land in SL.  With a Premium membership, you pay a monthly fee to LL directly for your land.  If you own a total of 1,024 sq. m. or less, you DON'T pay a monthly charge...it's just like having a Linden Home, but without the mandated home.)  If you lease a parcel on a Private Estate, or if you rent land from a Mainland resident, you pay a weekly or monthly fee to the Estate Owner.  This does not require a Premium membership.

The major selling point of Mainland is that there are fewer regulations and restrictions.  This is also the main negative point, because it means that the surroundings can look chaotic when different people's ideas of what looks good conflict with one another.  The situation on Private Estates is just the reverse...the area is kept looking nice by the restrictions set forth in the Covenant.  But, that also means that there ARE more restrictions.  How many of them depends entirely on the Estate Owner.

Let's stick just to Mainland for most of the rest of this.

Mainland parcels involve two costs, the initial purchase price, and (possibly) the monthly tier.  The initial purchase price can vary enormously.  On inland parcels, especially in regions with the less popular General maturity setting, prices can be $L 1 per sq. meter or even lower.  Parcels with navigable waterfront are much higher, generally around $L12 per sq. m. or so, but with a wide variation.  In some places like Bay City, or the Horizons regions, prices can be $L99 per sq m, or even higher...but it can also take a long time to find buyers willing to pay those prices. 

Tier depends on the total amount of Mainland that you own.  After your first "tier free" 1,024 sq m is accounted for, monthly charges go as shown below.

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I use two tools to find parcels, the world Map and Search.  The Map can show you parcels for sale (in yellow) or up for auction (in purple).  Search will let you set your desired parameters, such as land for sale vs. for rent, Mainland vs. Private Estate, parcel size, and price range.  But you must always go to likely looking parcels and inspect them in person.

If you like the looks of the land, and the price, you can buy it simply by right clicking the ground and choose "About Land".  Click the Buy Land button, and follow the prompts.

That's basically it!  Except that there are refinements...you can buy the land for a group, which has some advantages.  If you don't like the asking price, you can contact the seller and negotiate with them.  The parcel may be offered "for sale or rent", in which case you want to figure the costs of both options.

Once you own (or are renting) the land, you can buy a house to put on it.  There are thousands, in the Marketplace, and also stores in world.  When buying a pre-built home, keep in mind two important numbers:  footprint and land impact.  The "footprint" of the house is how large it is physically in both X and Y dimensions.  It must fit on your land!  Its "land impact" is also important.  A 1,024 sq m parcel, for example, has a capacity of 351.  Your home must have less than that, or you won't be able to rez it on your parcel.

You can also build your own house!  You can use the in world tools and build it out of prims.  If you are skilled with Blender, you can build a home in Mesh and upload it.  (And if you can do that, you probably have a future in building and selling homes to others!)  Building your own house can be frustrating, but it can also be enormously satisfying.

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Hi @KarolinaTalaoc!

That's some great info above.  Since this is the Linden Home thread, I'd like to let you know some of the advantages of a Linden home.

To qualify for a Linden Home, you'll need to go Premium.  You'd also need to do that if you buy a parcel (but not if you rent one).  With Premium Membership, you'll get a free (well, paid for by your Premium fee) amount of square meters (m2) before you have to worry about tier fees.  This allocation is 1024 m2, which you can use any way you choose.  The Linden Homes come in two main categories, the Original Four/First Generation Themes (Meadowbrook, Tahoe, Elderglen, and Sahreta Osumai), and the new ones in Bellisseria.  You can see the differences and get a ton of information from this Knowledge Base article:

 

Some of the Bellesieria homes have big parcels, 1024 m2, using up your entire land allocation (for more land, you'd have to start paying tier).  Some of the Bellesieria homes, and all of the First Generation themes, are only half that amount, 512 m2.  Choosing a smaller Linden Home would leave you with an extra 512 to play around with.  While you couldn't use the extra 512 m2 to get another Linden Home (as they are one per account -- though you could pay for a second, or even third account, as many folks on this forum have done, to have multiple Linden Homes), you could use it to buy a 512 m2 parcel on the Mainland, and thereby have both a Linden Home experience and a Mainland experience.  This might be a nice temporary thing to do, to help you decide which you like better, the Mainland or Linden Homes.

Note that the First Generation homes are set to be phased out at some point ( no word yet on when).  The graphics and landscaping are nice, but not as stunning as the things Linden is doing with the new Bellisseria continent.  That said, if you are looking for privacy above all, that would be the best route to go, as demand for these types of homes is much lower than Bellisseria.  On the other hand, if you want to be part of a community, or you're looking for more up-to-date graphics and unique regions to explore, Bellisseria is the way to go.

Either way, you won't be locked into your choice.  If you don't like your Linden Home, you can abandon it at any time, like any other parcel -- just know that supply and demand might mean you won't have the desired style you want right away.  You can check the most recent update of what Bellisseria homes are available here:

 

Good luck, and happy home hunting!  🙂

 

 

 

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