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Old 02-14-2010, 10:51 AM
 
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My wife and I bought two 35 acre lots in Melby Ranch about 15 years ago. We never developed them, and sold one a couple of years ago, holding the other in reserve for summer camping, etc. It's beautiful up there, but we find it more and more difficult to deal with the elevation (almost 9000 ft on our lot) when we visit every year, so now we want to sell it.

This area is ideal for elk hunters, summer campers, or pioneering types who want to get out there. Our lot is on the top of one of the highest hills on the mesa ("Wild Horse Mesa"), is southern facing, and has a lot of wood on it. Melby Ranch is in southern CO, about an hour north of Taos, NM, and just south of San Luis, off Hwy 159. There is a big lake and an airstrip nearby, and the scenery is breathtaking.

We're not too interested in getting a real estate agent and pursuing the best price for this. In fact, if a young couple came along and fell in love with the place like we did we'd give them great deal. Otherwise, we're just looking for an easy way to sell the property, like maybe eBay or the like.

Any suggestions on how to go about selling this property? And please, try to contain the sarcastic comments about Melby Ranch - it's not for everyone for sure!
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Old 02-14-2010, 11:22 AM
 
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Ebay is good.

There is a Classified Ads forum on this site that is available, but only if you are not a Realtor or broker, i.e., private owners may use it.
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Old 02-14-2010, 12:06 PM
 
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Putting it on craigslist is free. If you do put an ad in there, make sure to attach a few pictures because many people won't bother to look at your ad without them. It also wouldn't hurt to look for other (free?) online classified sites anywhere from Pueblo to Albuquerque.
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Old 02-14-2010, 07:26 PM
 
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Good suggestions - thanks! Now I have to wonder if anybody is remotely interested in buying remote land in Colorado, but we'll see...
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Old 02-15-2010, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Good suggestions - thanks! Now I have to wonder if anybody is remotely interested in buying remote land in Colorado, but we'll see...
...and if they are interested in paying taxes on it year after year after year.
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Old 02-15-2010, 07:50 AM
 
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Bob - taxes at Melby used to be almost nonexistent, but in the last 2-3 years have shot up for vacant land. I'm not sure if they are so bad if you have some kind of house on the property. One of the reasons we're willing to make a very good deal is to establish a much lower price base for these lots and provide a good reason for appealing the property evaluations. The greed factor on these taxes is just too much to take...
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:31 PM
 
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Bob - taxes at Melby used to be almost nonexistent, but in the last 2-3 years have shot up for vacant land. I'm not sure if they are so bad if you have some kind of house on the property. One of the reasons we're willing to make a very good deal is to establish a much lower price base for these lots and provide a good reason for appealing the property evaluations. The greed factor on these taxes is just too much to take...
Can you elaborate on that? What is the annual tax on an undeveloped 35 acre parcel @ Melby Ranch, and how was this represented when you bought the property?
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Old 02-16-2010, 06:11 PM
 
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Our tax bill for 2009 is over $1000 for the 35 acres. I believe it is much less if you have some kind of house or can show agricultural use, but we're just summer camping. When we bought the lot the tax was nothing - $50 or somesuch. Costilla county decided to cash in I guess. They are claiming the lot is valued at $70000...
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Old 02-19-2010, 01:16 PM
 
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Costilla county is sticking it to eveyone. My taxes on an undeveloped lot in Forbes Park nearly doubled.
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Old 02-19-2010, 01:58 PM
 
Location: OKLAHOMA
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Why would raw land taxes be more than with a house? I have a ranch in OK. My house is one tax rate and all my raw land is so reasonable you don't even know you have a tax bill. Never heard of raw land being more than if you put a house on it. Confused about that.
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