Finding Ground: Patience and Persistence Pay Off When Purchasing Rural Property


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The land around Sonoita, Ariz., has amazing grazing and beautiful vistas. Photos by Renee Benoit

Don’t Tell Me It's Under Contract!

We’re living on a fixed income so this is the way it goes: you look and you look. You look at this property here. Too much clean up. You look at that property there. The soil is not soil, it’s rocks. Then you find a property that looks perfect, you call the agent and it’s already under contract.

My advice to you is cultivate patience when you have to stick to a budget in the purchase of property. In contrast to the city where there are many homes on the market, in the country the homes are few and far between, and to make matters more challenging in our particular situation, we have to find property that is suitable for horses. No sides of mountains for us!

How Our Property Search Began

We sold our small ranch in the Central Valley of California in 2020. We did all right. We had fixed the place up very nicely and within five days we had four offers. We accepted one offer and 45 days later it closed. We banked our profit against the time when we would want to settle down so we would have a hefty down payment. Then we hit the road in our travel trailer to:

1. Have fun, and

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