Buying a Country Property

Learn the ins and outs of country property buying.

| May 2018


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The Ultimate Guide to Self-Reliant Living (Skyhorse Publishing, 2013) edited by Jay Cassell, is a filled with ideas about how to buy a property and start a homestead. Learn the basics that you need to become self-reliant and how to use your own energy and grow your own food. Plus, discover if you have the survivor skills and supplies you would need in case of a disaster. Find this excerpt in “Buying Property and Building on It.”

Realizing the Dream of Owning a Place in the Country 

With careful planning and a modest investment, almost anyone can turn the dream of owning a small farm or a few acres of country land into a reality. And with some effort this land may provide a significant portion of life’s amenities: wood for the fireplace, fresh produce for the table, a pond for fishing or swimming—even waterpower to generate electricity. But as with any other major purchase, care and caution are required.

The first step is to have, in general terms, a strong notion of what it is you want. Those desiring year-round warmth will obviously have different priorities than those who wish to see the seasons change. Prospective part-time farmers will look for one kind of land, whereas weekend sojourners will look for another. Whether you enjoy isolation or prefer neighbors near is another consideration to ponder. And, of course, there is the matter of money: how much you can afford to put down, how much you can pay each month for a mortgage and taxes. Once you have made these decisions, pick an area or two to investigate. Get the catalogs of the Strout and United Farm real estate agencies, and look for ads in the Sunday paper real estate section. Also subscribe to local papers from the regions of your interest; these may provide lower-priced listings plus information on land auctions.



When a property appeals to you, investigate—first by phone and then in person. When looking, do not neglect small matters, such as television reception, the contours of the land, and the style of the farmhouse; but never lose sight of your ultimate goals or basic priorities, and gauge the property in that light.

To buy or not to buy—resist that impulse. Once you have found a piece of property that appears to meet your needs, resist the temptation to come to terms. This is the time for an in-depth investigation rather than a purchase. After leaving the parcel, think about it, talk about it, try to remember its contours, and list all the things you do not like as well as the things you do. If after a week or so the land is still appealing, arrange to spend an entire day tramping about it.

George Jacoby
5/30/2018 10:36:37 AM

Some great tips in this article, one I would add is refer to professionals if you have doubts or questions. get a Realtor who knows land on your team, a local one will know the answers to a lot of these questions. Visit the local county/city offices and ask a lot of questions about the parcel you are interested in. Call the local well companies and ask about the water table in the close area around the property, they should be very helpful as to the local well history. And if you find yourself in Southern Oregon looking for property, I would love to guide you to the right spot!


George Jacoby
5/30/2018 10:36:15 AM

Some great tips in this article, one I would add is refer to professionals if you have doubts or questions. get a Realtor who knows land on your team, a local one will know the answers to a lot of these questions. Visit the local county/city offices and ask a lot of questions about the parcel you are interested in. Call the local well companies and ask about the water table in the close area around the property, they should be very helpful as to the local well history. And if you find yourself in Southern Oregon looking for property, I would love to guide you to the right spot!


George Jacoby
5/30/2018 10:27:24 AM

This article has a lot of great information to use, one thing I would recommend is to seek out professionals if you have any questions or concerns. Get a local Realtor that is comfortable with land and farms, they will know the area and be of tremendous assistance, pick a good one. Visit the local county or city offices and ask a lot of questions about the property and zoning and restrictions, some farmland comes with zoning that gives a tax break to the owner, clearing woodland could remove that exemption, so ask questions. Call local well and pump companies, they will have a pretty good idea if your spot is a good spot to find a well. Call the local Watermaster/mistress and ask about rights. and finally, if you don't have construction experience, hire a good local contractor to judge the site and assist you in building the home of your dreams. Also, if you find yourself looking in Southern Oregon, I would love to help you find the property you are looking for!







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