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Free Land: Build Your Homestead Without the Debt

5/24/2010 11:56:32 AM

Tags: modern homesteading, land for free, kansas free land, Homestead Act of 1862

If you were inspired by our Firsthand Reports Off the Grid and Thriving or Learning to Live a Self-Sufficient Life but don't have the funds ready to move to your own homestead, opportunities for free land and other big incentives might revive your dreams of self-sufficiency.

freelandEchoing the Homestead Act of 1862 which offered settlers ownership of up to 60 acres in exchange for (and after) farming it for five years, small towns looking to boost or stabilize population are giving away free housing lots. This practice, dubbed mini-homesteading, attracts residents and businesses to dwindling rural communities. Free land has drawn folks from across the country and, for a few communities, has saved small town businesses and public schools from closing.

In some cases, the town will suspend property taxes for a few years or help with the down payment to build your house on the land. Ellsworth, Kan., will offer a 70 percent tax rebate on your increased property value for the first year (which drops by 5 percent each year) and will help you find a job if you need work, in addition to giving you land to build your home. Lincoln, Kan., will also reduce your property taxes during your first 10 years of residency. Towns usually require you to construct a new home on the lot, and you might want to check local building codes before diving in to ensure that you can build the house you need.

If you’re looking for freedom from the city or suburbs, want to build your own home, and would enjoy a small, quiet community but have held off for financial reasons — free land or land offered with these incentives may be just the solution.

Most towns offering free or reduced land are in the rural Midwest — with plenty of space in Kansas — though other states, such as Alaska and Texas, also have opportunities. Check out the Center for Rural Affairs list of tips, opportunities and financial resources for rural revitalization — including a list of towns offering free or nearly free land — to learn more.

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5/14/2016 3:39:49 AM
I would like buy a small homestead in southeast michigan, you know grow my vegetables, some fruits and berries and have fresh milk and eggs.I don't have much to spend and I haven't owned a property till date-renting-. can someone with larger property sell me a piece of land cheap or i don't know what to do every thing is so expensive.want to move south if price is right.thanks.

4/5/2016 3:25:53 AM
I am a caregiver for the elderly for 10 years. I am interested in homestead in TX. I am not a nurse but have done things like a nurse. Work is slowing down everything is too expensive. I am still young 47 years old I can do gardening,and canning have all the things to do that but not rich. I have survival skills. I am alone my son passed away 2 years ago. I have family but I am on my own. I believe in God the holy King James Bible word. Looking to help and need help my self. Please email me something let me know this is real it is getting worse and do not like the city at all! Jody

11/28/2015 10:17:55 AM
Looking to relocate to the Northern reaches of the U.S.A., Looking for land to help others as well as myself to live a better life.. Just wanting to be a blessing to others, who are less fortunate than most..

2/9/2014 11:39:23 PM
I sure wish I could find a place to live here in Texas I am 68 years and on fixed income and its hard to make ends meet. I am Christian women who stands on God word. I am not a city person I love the country. I love nature and all God animals expect snakes. I am not scared of them but I will kill fast quick and in a hurry. I have chickens 1 peacock my dogs, cats and birds. I love to garden and plants fruit trees and plants that season the food. I also love plants with beautiful flowers. I am old fashion in my ways and modern too but with a limit. I am bialingul I speak and read Spanish of course English too. I speak a few greek words and I love children period. I have had to live with out electricity before and I have had to hual water for use in my shack. I also had to cook out side. I used to wash my clothes at the cow tanks or ponds. Though I was poor when raising my kids with prayer and supplication to the Lord and by His grace all my kids are grown and have a life of there own. I see them very little for their lives are too busy for mama now. All I want is to live on a piece of land that my have an old barn on it that I could live there plant a garden have my pets and enjoy God beautiful nature. I feel and believe that if its not imposible for God its not imposible for me. Can anyone help this old lady.

11/7/2013 4:20:46 PM
Hi my name is John Abdnor and I am currently homeless and sleeping in my truck. I am trying to get back into the drilling industry to save enough money to build a couple self sustainable generators to help people that want to break free from the electric company and their death grip on your wallet. At the moment I am in the Houston area talking to these drilling companies but they all keep saying they're not hiring. I ultimately want to build a place that is self sufficient and able to help others in need. If anyone knows of any rig jobs I would appreciate an email to Thank you

Kate Parrish
1/14/2013 9:15:57 AM
your last link doesn't work :(

Rukiya Belagam _4
9/2/2010 4:53:24 PM
Rukiya Belagam A long time ago I got very excited because I heard you could get free wild horses in Montana. I thought wow that would be great! Well then I realized what is Rukiya Belagam going to do with wild horse. I think that Free land may be great but there is probably a reason why its free. Otherwise it would not be free. I might only be 29 but I know that good land is never free! That being said I would still love you own some land and live on the lovely earth. Rukiya Belagam

Dawn Pfahl
9/2/2010 4:02:55 PM
Pity it's not happening in PA. We like this state and want to stay near Pittsburgh, not move across the country in search of somewhere else that will support us. There are jobs here and we are close to family in NY and DC. I know that homesteading is about sacrifice sometimes, but moving away from the only family we have seems a bit much. I guess we're stuck turning our postage-stamp lawn into a garden instead :)

john m_3
9/1/2010 5:37:51 PM
i would like nothing better than to get free land and do a homestead and grow things and live rural. is there water? a well, a creek? if there is no water life cannot exist. why is it free? if it was desireable someone whould buy it and subdivide it. the photo in the article showed no trees, a sparce bit of vegatation. and the how to, is vague, when the government comes into play, there are rules regulations and it goes on and on. there is no free land in texas, i live in central texas. i would like this to be true, but the territoral land rushes took place in the 1800's and that was all a part of manifest destiny. if i am wrong and there is some good ariable land in texas, someone point me in the direction and i will give up rural/ city life and move right away. peace to you.

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