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Old 08-09-2017, 08:04 AM
 
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Hello,
We are considering purchasing a couple parcels of land near Alamosa, CO and was curious as to others perspective of the area. We would be moving from rural South Dakota, so the agricultural setting is nothing new to me or my wife, and the winters are very similar if not slightly nicer than we are accustomed to already. My main questions are in regards the area employers. I work in the lumber and building materials industry and my wife is a retail manager, so im thinking it would be relatively easy to find employment, but what about the other industries? Are there any area manufacturers, or is it sole reliant on the Ag industry? Also, I imagine since it is quite rural, that the crime isnt much of a concern? Thank in advance for all you assistance!

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Old 08-09-2017, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Buying land in the SLV is a serious crapshoot. Do your due diligence before you invest or there's a very real possibility you'll end up getting swindled. Colorado's economy is among the best in the nation, but the SLV has the highest unemployment rate in the state.
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Old 08-09-2017, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Have you done research on water in the area?
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Old 08-09-2017, 09:34 AM
 
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We considered some of the smaller cheap parcels from the sketchy land companies, and decided we would both rather have some piece of mind by buying thru an actual realtor. So I am aware of the vultures that are out there to prey on unsuspecting purchasers.
As for the water issues, I have read that the SLV water conservation district has been making progress in gaining back the levels in the aquifer, and each household can harvest up to 110 gallons of rain or run off water. I have never lived in a place where there have been water restrictions, so that would take some getting used to.
Good looking out tho!
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Old 08-09-2017, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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We considered some of the smaller cheap parcels from the sketchy land companies, and decided we would both rather have some piece of mind by buying thru an actual realtor. So I am aware of the vultures that are out there to prey on unsuspecting purchasers.
As for the water issues, I have read that the SLV water conservation district has been making progress in gaining back the levels in the aquifer, and each household can harvest up to 110 gallons of rain or run off water. I have never lived in a place where there have been water restrictions, so that would take some getting used to.
Good looking out tho!
You need to have guaranteed water or you are buying worthless land.
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Old 08-09-2017, 10:38 AM
 
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Alamosa's in-town employment leader is probably the college. In-town unemployment is about national average. Other industry concentrations are construction and transportation.


Alamosa averages almost 50 days per year that reach below zero, many well below. One of coldest spots in nation. Cold air stalls out and dies there.


Violent crime is above national average and property crime way, way above average. Crime is usually higher in the bigger regional town. There might be some safer neighbors. Usually the more expensive ones. Property crime in rural areas appears lower. Maybe cuz of presumption of home owner gun protection and longer entry / getaway. Could be a drug trafficking waystation, but any place on or near a large or small highway on route to big metros could be or is.


There are a few manufacturers- P-Tec, Cleary Building, etc. Poke around these links http://www.google.com/m/search?=clie...74%75%72%65%72

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Old 08-09-2017, 11:40 AM
 
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A couple living off the grid fought water law

http://water.state.co.us/DWRIPub/Doc...202015%202.pdf
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Old 08-09-2017, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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We considered some of the smaller cheap parcels from the sketchy land companies, and decided we would both rather have some piece of mind by buying thru an actual realtor. So I am aware of the vultures that are out there to prey on unsuspecting purchasers.
As for the water issues, I have read that the SLV water conservation district has been making progress in gaining back the levels in the aquifer, and each household can harvest up to 110 gallons of rain or run off water. I have never lived in a place where there have been water restrictions, so that would take some getting used to.
Good looking out tho!
Each parcel of land is different regarding water. I strongly recommend that you call SLV water conservation district and talk to them about what exactly is allowed on the particular piece of land that you are considering buying. Not to bad-mouth realtors, but water is such an important issue in Colorado that you need to do your own research.
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Old 08-09-2017, 06:31 PM
 
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The off-grid couple victory is interesting but it is power they got not water.
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Old 08-10-2017, 10:29 AM
 
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If you plan to be able to use your water from a well, you need, in almost all cases, particularly for new wells, to have 35+ acres. Please read up on this before you make any decisions.
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