Tips for Locating and Buying Land

Learn how to get inexpensive land perfect for homesteading by consulting each state’s Bureau of Land Management and their comprehensive lists of property.

| May/June 1970

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    Inexpensive land is available for homesteading if you just look in the right places, each state's Bureau of Land Management is a great place to start.
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The first question that comes to mind is, "Is any free land available?" The answer is "Yes"... with some qualifications.

Several countries have free or very lost cost land for homesteading but the acreage is often undesirable for varied reasons. The land in the southwestern United States lacks water, for instance, while some on the western coast of British Columbia may have too much rainfall for your taste.

There is free land available in Canada but much is located in cold regions with roads that are few and far between. Still, a few places look especially promising: If you have a knowledge of boats, you may be interested in the islands off the coast of British Columbia. Kootenai River and the western coast of British Columbia also appear promising for settlement.

Every province of Canada, for that matter, has a number of areas that might appeal to you ... as do some of our own western states. For more information, write the Bureau of Land Management offices at the following addresses:

Alaska: 222 W. 7th Avenue #13 Anchorage, Alaska 99513.  Phone: (907)-271-5960. 

Arizona: One North Central Avenue, Suite 800 Phoenix, Arizona 85004. Phone: (602)-417-9200. 

6/12/2015 4:49:22 PM

Lawrence, this article is written very well. It is great to see you discuss land in various USA states. One of the biggest question I had after reading this article is where do I buy land for cheap? Not just somewhat cheap- like $10,000 but really cheap- like less than $1,000. So is the site I finally found after lots of research. I found them by doing an internet search and ended up getting a great deal. In addition, your article puts things into a better perspective.

3/2/2015 8:23:00 PM

I want to get one property as in one land fit my need including land road access, water, and put down $150 and easements, mineral rights, to protecting down payments. and be certain beyond the shadow a doubt that permanent, legal, transferable access is specified in deed. I want to make interest off the land even if it don't sell so I can make a profit. I want the land to be in California. call Erin Morgan at 206-471-1603

4/2/2012 11:32:47 PM

the article is 40 years old. there is no longer any homesteading land in BC, the govt ended that in the seventies because people were getting too powerful, and there were not enough slaves for the mills. So land here now is basically very expensive, except small acreages with little or no topsoil in the far middle west, past hazelton area. I saw a 5 acre parcel fo 20,000. New Brunswick was much cheaper, larger acreages, with better soil, on the east coast. But if you are in the west it's hard to move that far. I am available to talk about land to interested people, I have been searching for land for most of my life, homesteading with payments always fails.

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